Publications

Re-Purposing the Master’s Tools

Paper
Jack Kloppenburg
January 2013

Any reasonable vision of food sovereignty must necessarily encompass what might be called “seed sovereignty,” a condition which farmers have enjoyed for most of human history but ofwhich they have been recently dispossessed.

The ‘State’ of Food Sovereignty in Latin America

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Ben McKay & Ryan Nehring
January 2013

A critical analysis of the role of the state in constructing and pursuing a pathway towards food sovereignty. The most favourable conditions for pursuing a food sovereignty strategy exists when pro-reformist state and societal actors interact in a mutually reinforcing way to restructure relations of control and access over resources and political spaces.

Feminist Food Sovereignty: Crafting a New Vision

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Carolyn Sachs
January 2013

A feminist analysis of global and local food security and sovereignty through utilizing feminist theoretical interventions. Feminist theoretical interventions include feminist analysis of neoliberalism, social reproduction and care, intersectionality, feminist political ecology, and “another world feminism.”

Bolivia’s Food Sovereignty & Agrobiodiversity

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Jenny Cockburn
January 2013

In Bolivia the notion of Food Sovereignty has been incorporated into the new Constitution. However, one complication relates to how food sovereignty is conceptualized -- and for what end -- by State and NGO actors in agricultural development. Bolivia is home to substantial biodiversity. Like elsewhere, modern agricultural practices, and the prioritizing of a limited variety of ‘cash’ crops over others to meet market demands, have had a deleterious effect.

‘We Didn’t Want to Hear About Calories’

Paper
Aeyal Gross & Tamar Feldman
January 2013

The notion of food sovereignty was developed based on the notion that if the population of a country must depend for their next meal on global economy, on the goodwill of a superpower not to use food as a weapon, or the unpredictability of shipping, then that country is not secure in the sense of food security. It has thus been argued that food sovereignty goes beyond the concept of food security.

King of the Sea: Seafood Sovereignty and the Blue Revolution

Paper
Craig K. Harris
January 2013

Nine ways in which food sovereignty issues affect both the production and consumption of food from marine and freshwater aquatic food systems.

Do Purchases Motivated by Symbolic and Social Needs Undermine Food Sovereignty?

Paper
Jill Richardson
January 2013

Food sovereignty is defined as “the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems”

The Complexity of Food Sovereignty Policymaking: The Case of Nicaragua’s Law 693

Paper
Wendy Godek
January 2013

Increasingly scholars are examining factors that may serve to constrain or advance food sovereignty policy initiatives. This paper examines the case of Nicaragua’s Law 693, the Law of Food and Nutritional Sovereignty and Security, which was passed in 2009.

Toward Genetic Democracy?

Paper
Devparna Roy
January 2013

Biotechnology has become the central form of technology in global agriculture since the neoliberal reformulation of global capitalism in the 1980s. Powerful transnational corporations have emerged as the major promoters of transgenic technology (a form of advanced biotechnology) in the global South. The Indian democratic developmental state (which has invested in biotechnology research since the mid-1980s) has its own interests regarding transgenic technology.

Perils of Peasant Populism

Paper
Aaron Kappeler
January 2013

Since 2001 the Bolivarian government of Venezuela has embarked on an ambitious agrarian reform project aimed at establishing food sovereignty and reducing overwhelming import dependency. This project has centered mainly on the reconstitution of the national agriculture system, which was destroyed over the course of the twentieth century by resource extraction, the petroleum economy and waves of neoliberal trade policy.

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