Ray Bush is Professor of African Studies and Development Politics at the University of Leeds. He has worked on and in Africa for 25 years. He researchs the political economy of economic reform and rural transformation currently in Egypt and Ghana. He is the author of Poverty and Neoliberalism. Persistence and Reproduction in the Global South.(Pluto Books, London,2007) and deputy chair of The Review of African Political Economy. Habib Ayeb is a researcher at the Social Research Center, American University in Cairo, Egypt. His research focuses on agrarian change, water resources, poverty and marginality. He has worked in the Ministry of Agriculture in Tunisia, the University of Paris 8-St Denis, CEDEJ (Centre d’Etudes et de Documentation Juridiques et Sociales), IRD (Institute of Research for Development) and the SRC.