Reports & Briefings

The agrarian transition and the ‘feminization’ of agriculture

Olivier de Schutter
January 2013

Though women play a greater role than ever as food producers. they face obstacles such that they are often relegated to a form of agricultural production that is characterized by its low productivity and that is geared towards own consumption

Food Justice, Food Sovereignty and the Challenge of Neoliberalism

Alison Hope Alkon
January 2013

Alternative food systems have been criticized as neoliberal because they locate social change potential in consumer market behavior, assume functions that were formerly provided by the state, and produce subjectivities consistent with market logics. Food sovereignty, on the other hand, directly challenges neoliberalism by pairing local and regional ecological agriculture with direct challenges to the corporate food regime.

The Politics of Property in Industrial Fisheries

Liam Campling & Elizabeth Havice
January 2013

Fisheries systems are widely considered to be ‘in crisis’ in both economic and ecological terms, a considerable concern given their significance to food security, international trade and employment the world over. The most common explanation for the crisis suggests that it is caused by weak and illiberal property regimes.

Scaling Biopolitics: Enacting Food Sovereignty in Maine (USA)

Hilda E. Kurtz in collaboration with Heather Retberg and Bonnie Preston
January 2013

In 2011, a group of food and farmer activists in Maine set off a maelstrom of political activity in and around the food sovereignty movement when they drafted and placed on town meeting warrants a Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance. Intended to maintain the viability of small farms in a struggling rural economy, these ordinances exempt direct transactions of farm food from licensure and inspection.

Food Sovereignty as a Weapon of the Weak?

Giuliano Martiniello
January 2013

The new paradigm of food sovereignty offers a series of alternatives to the neoliberal development mode. It also offers some answers to the emerging food question by proposing solutions to reduce dependency on purchased food or aid, focusing on territory, community, autonomy, sustainability, ecology and nutrition.

Seasonal hunger in coffee communities

Margarita Fernandez, V. Ernesto Méndez & Christopher Bacon
January 2013

Food sovereignty has recently gained momentum in social movements, farmer cooperatives and NGOs, as a framework that places farmer’s and nature’s rights as central to food and agricultural policy. Food sovereignty’s strength is that it outlines an alternative policy to the contemporary global agro-industrial food system.

Food Sovereignty: How it turns the growing corporate global food system upside down

Joan P. Mencher
January 2013

This article first documents the forces that made necessary the development of the concept of Food Sovereignty and why it remains essential in the present world political economy.

Food Sovereignty in Everyday Life: A People-Centered Approach to Food Systems

Meleiza Figueroa
January 2013

This paper presents outlines of a theoretical approach to food systems that attempts to decenter “food” in food-related research, placing social life as the central point of departure for a critical analysis of food systems and the search for revolutionary alternatives.

Structural Transformation and Gender Rights in African Agriculture

Bola O Akanji
January 2013

This paper brings up for policy discussion, some of the threats to Africa’s food sovereignty, gender rights and food security, in the process of agrarian transformation.

Recipe for decolonization and resurgence

Asfia Gulrukh Kamal & Shirley Thompson
January 2013

In the era of “contemporary colonialism,” food sovereignty for indigenous peoples is a necessary struggle for cultural survival. In a wealthy country like Canada, Indigenous populations are deprived of basic necessities needed to maintain health, living in a state that institutionalizes poverty.