Reports & Briefings

The politics of the emerging agro-industrial complex in Asia’s ‘final frontier’

January 2013

Burma's dramatic turn-around from 'axis of evil' to western darling in the past year has been imagined as Asia's 'final frontier' for global finance institutions, markets and capital.

The ‘non-economy’ and the Radical Dreams of Food Sovereignty

Jim Handy
January 2013

This article discusses the radical nature of ideas of food sovereignty through an exploration of the history of peasant dispossession under capitalism.

Capitalism in Green Disguise

Charalampos Konstantinidis
January 2013

Organic farming is often presented as the success story of Rural Development policies in the European Union, having grown from a marginal activity to covering more than 5% of European agricultural land. Even though organic farming is often thought of as small-scale farming, I show that organic farms in Europe display characteristics associated with capitalist agriculture.

Food Security in a Sovereign State

Max Spoor, Natalia Mamonova, Oane Visser & Alexander Nikulin
January 2013

In this paper we argue that Russian discourses on and practices of food sovereignty strongly diverge from the global understanding of this concept. We distinguish two approaches to food and agriculture that are crucial for understanding food sovereignty à la Russe.

Cultivating Food Sovereignty Where There are Few Choices

Teresa Mares, Ph.D., Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland & Jessie Mazar
January 2013

Huertas did not begin as a research project, but rather as a grassroots effort to build gardens with Latino/a migrant farm workers on rural dairies in Vermont using donated materials and time. Over four summers it has grown into a larger, more organized food access project.

Water Access, Food Sovereignty and Peru’s Water Regime

Barbara Deutsch Lynch
January 2013

Peru’s water regime is the product of 20 years of negotiations involving the state and non-state actors, the World Bank and the InterAmerican Development Bank. The 2009 water law and the institutions which have been designed to implement it are informed by IWRM discourse.

The Role of US Consumers and Producers in Food Sovereignty

Molly D. Anderson
January 2013

Given food sovereignty’s origin as a movement by farmers in developing countries, its expansion to other actors in the food system and to other geographic regions is not straightforward. This paper explores how the concept of food sovereignty has been applied to date in the United States.

Farmland Preservation, Agricultural Easements and Land Access in California

Zoe Brent
January 2013

California is a land of contradictions. It is known as the breadbasket of the nation, but farmland is disappearing with alarming speed. Crop and ranch lands are falling out of production at a rate of one square mile every four days between 1984 and 2008.

The Temptation of Nitrogen

Birgit Müller
January 2013

Food sovereignty is often presented as a panacea. Although the concept has been incorporated into local discourse, in practice it is elusive. It is also inextricably linked with larger global financial and governance structures, energy use and inequality that are extremely difficult to locate and to challenge, especially for local farmers.

Food Sovereignty, Post-Neoliberalism, Campesino Organizations and the State in Ecuador

Patrick Clark
January 2013

In Latin America the failure of neoliberal policies, and the popular mobilization of social movements against neoliberalism, led to the election of anti or post-neoliberal governments. This has opened up new political space for rural social movements to push for the institutionalization of food sovereignty in state policy.