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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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    Farmers’ Rights & Food Sovereignty

    • Karine Preschard
    01 January 2013
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    Farmers’ access to and rights over seeds are the very pillars of agriculture, and thus represent an essential component of food sovereignty.

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    Re-Purposing the Master’s Tools

    • Jack Kloppenburg
    01 January 2013
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    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.

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    The ‘State’ of Food Sovereignty in Latin America

    • Ben McKay, Ryan Nehring
    01 January 2013
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    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.

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    Food Sovereignty, Gender and Nutrition

    • Rachel Bezner Kerr, Esther Lupafya, Lizzie Shumba
    01 January 2013
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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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    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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    The agrarian transition and the ‘feminization’ of agriculture

    • Olivier de Schutter
    01 January 2013
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    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

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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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    The Role of US Consumers and Producers in Food Sovereignty

    • Molly D. Anderson
    01 January 2013
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    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.

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    Capitalism in Green Disguise

    • Charalampos Konstantinidis
    01 January 2013
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    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.

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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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    A Tale of Three Habas Pejtos, Or, How to Make a ‘Plurinational’ Cuisine

    • Alder Keleman
    01 January 2013
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    Drawing from ethnographic data gathered over the last year, the paper you're about to read is an incipient attempt to trace a few of these threads through to an end-point, or at least a good point to pause.