International Journal of Agricultural and Extension Education vol:14 issue:3 pages:285-288
With his analysis Fernando makes a strong case for social scientists to reclaim and consolidate their position in the research on sustainable development, more particularly, to analyse the capitalist economy (i.e. the market) as a social institution and to disclose its social and political premises. In 2007 he wrote an article about too much emphasis on capital instead of culture in the research on agricultural practices in the third world and on an existing bias against social science research within the Consultative Group of International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Being a social scientist myself I find his approach refreshing. It takes a radical departure from current reformist approaches to sustainable development and makes the argument for a radical re-imagination of an alternative political economy.