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    Building Relational Food Sovereignty Across Scales

    • Alastair Iles, Maywa Montenegro
    01 January 2013
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    While food sovereignty has begun making promising inroads into the existing corporate food system, it is still working through what, exactly, sovereignty means. At a basic level, sovereignty implies boundary-making – including some groups while excluding others -- yet food sovereignty movements often call for growing cooperation and interdependence.

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    Food Sovereignty, Gender and Nutrition

    • Rachel Bezner Kerr, Esther Lupafya, Lizzie Shumba
    01 January 2013
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    Women’s Indigenous Knowledge and Food Sovereignty: Experiences from KWPA’s Movement in South Korea

    01 January 2013
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    A case study about indigenous seed preservation movement led by Korean Women Peasants' Association (KWPA) working for the food sovereignty as an alternative to the current global food system. In particular, it examines primarily on how peasant women's knowledge, which had been looked down on was reinterpreted into the main mechanism of the food sovereignty movement by KWPA as one of the major points of their movement.

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    Food sovereignty: Forgotten genealogies and future regulatory challenges

    • Marc Edelman
    01 January 2013
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    Advocates typically suggest that ‘food sovereignty’ is diametrically opposed to ‘food security’, but historically there actually has been considerable slippage and overlap between these concepts.

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    The Cunning State of Farmers’ Rights in India

    • Dwijen Rangnekar
    01 January 2013
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    Global rules concerning dispositional rights in plant varieties present a highly complex architecture with contrasting and, no doubt, conflicting norms and principles. And these tensions emerge from and translate into domestic laws and regulations – and, of course, return to haunt these varied forums.

     
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    Entitlement vs. Food Sovereignty Approaches

    • Hom Gartaula, Kirit Patel, Derek Johnson, Dinesh Moghariya
    01 January 2013
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    The present day reality is that the laudable economic growth has not able to conquer the alarming rate of poverty, hunger and malnutrition in the world. The support-led and growth mediated intervention measures provide grounds for farmers to opt for different livelihood options, determining their access and rights to food.

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    Occupy the Farm

    • Antonio Roman-Alcalá
    01 January 2013
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    Using the case study of the 2012 illegal occupation of farmland owned by the University of California (“Occupy the Farm”), this paper investigates the promises and practical limits of constructing food sovereignty through direct action in the global North. Many grassroots activists find inspiration in the work of the Landless Peasant Movement (MST), La Via Campesina, and the concept(s) of Food Sovereignty (FS); many also express desires to transcend the market/state dichotomy through the creation of “commons”.

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    Is market gardening compatible with food sovereignty?

    • Brian Dowd-Uribe, Carla Roncoli, Ben Orlove, Colin T. West
    01 January 2013
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    An expansion of motorized market gardening is currently occurring throughout West Africa, in the same region where the Nyéléni Declaration was signed in 2007. With greater access to water – made possible by the adoption of diesel-powered water pumps– smallholder farmers have been able to rapidly expand their dry season food production.

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    Developing tools to assess agri-food systems responses to food sovereignty policies

    • Virginia Vallejo-Rojas, Federica Ravera, Marta G. Rivera-Ferre
    01 January 2013
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    Agri-food systems assessments can be performed following different framings, e.g., official and alternative frames of research, each of them linked to different policy options.

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    Rethinking investment dynamics: An alternative framework of the global land rush

    01 January 2013
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    Despite growing interest in “land grabbing,” the literature remains biased in several key ways, failing to capture the full diversity of land investments that have occurred in the last decade.

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    Food Sovereignty and the Quinoa Boom in Bolivia

    01 January 2013
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    Bolivia has made great strides towards incorporating food sovereignty into its legal framework and political discourse. Nonetheless, tensions remain between the discourse of food sovereignty and how it plays out on the ground

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    Contested Agrifood Governance

    • Christopher M. Bacon
    01 January 2013
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    The big tent version of fair trade collapsed when Fair Trade USA split from Fairtrade International, a global stakeholder governed network of certification agencies, firms, and representative farmer organizations. Despite protest from fair trade pioneers, smallholder cooperatives , and civil society, Fair Trad e USA developed weaker standards , granting certification to undeserving coffee plantations and unorganized smallholders.

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    Navigating De- and Re-Peasantisation

    • Kathryn DeMaster
    01 January 2013
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    Characterizing food sovereignty and neoliberal food production ideologies as dichotomous and oppositional, the first as positive and enriching and the second as negative and impoverishing, has given the food sovereignty movement some heuristic heft. However, presenting these two approaches as universal ideal types may overlook the diverse contexts they engage.

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    Marginalized street food vendors promoting consumption of millets among the urban poor

    • Kirit Patel, David Guenther, Kyle Wiebe, Ruth-Anne Seburn
    01 January 2013
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    While Indian Policy makers have claimed that the number of people leaving below the poverty line has been reduced, a spatial analysis of poverty data reveals that most of the gains achieved have been concentrated within rural areas while the urban poor continue to experience abject poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition.

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    What Place for International Trade in Food Sovereignty?

    • Kim Burnett, Sophia Murphy
    01 January 2013
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    International agricultural commodity trade is central to the livelihoods of millions of farmers across the globe, and to most countries’ food security strategies. Yet global trade policies are contributing to food insecurity and are undermining livelihoods.

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    Financialization and the Transformation of Agro-food Supply Chains

    • S. Ryan Isakson
    01 January 2013
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    This article documents the rise of finance in food provisioning. It queries the role of financialization in the contemporary food crisis and analyzes its impacts upon power structures and the distribution of wealth within and along the agro-food supply chain.

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    Food sovereignty and safeguarding food security for everyone

    • Hugh Lacey
    01 January 2013
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    The paper considers food sovereignty as an aspiration, or value, held by various social movements (first and most notably La Vía Campesina [LVC]) and food producing communities, to control or determine the shape of all aspects of their food system.

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    Food Regimes, Race and The Coloniality of Power

    • Shoshana Devra Perrey
    01 January 2013
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    This paper centers the food regime as a critical tool for understanding state hegemony, and invokes the introduction of racial categorization to further extend the powerful role of states’ formations historically.

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    Transcending the Focus on Agrarian Sector

    • Anil Bhattarai
    01 January 2013
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    Together with building thriving and functionally integrated farm agroecologies and peasant-controlled economic practices, we need to pay serious attention to things that are normally considered beyond 'agriculture sector.' Very often, the crisis of agriculture is presented in terms of the spread of technologies that take farming away from the control of peasants and entangle them in relations of dependency.

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