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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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    Gold for Export? … or Water & Food for Life?

    • John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
    01 January 2013
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    With the rapid expansion of gold mining, social movements in many countries have gathered force to oppose the mining. Environmental concerns have been central to this opposition. But the opposition has grown into a larger critique of “what is development?” posing corporate-led export growth against peasant-led local agriculture.

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    ‘We Didn’t Want to Hear About Calories’

    • Aeyal Gross, Tamar Feldman
    01 January 2013
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    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.

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    How to Build Food Sovereignty

    • A Haroon Akram-Lodhi
    01 January 2013
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    Around the world, rural social movements and urban food activist-citizens have proposed that food sovereignty has the potential to be the foundation of an alternative food system that can transcend the deep-seated social, economic and ecological contradictions of the global food economy.

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    Recipe for decolonization and resurgence

    • Asfia Gulrukh Kamal, Shirley Thompson
    01 January 2013
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    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.

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    Farmers, Foodies & First Nations: Getting to Food Sovereignty in Canada

    • Annette Aurélie Desmarais, Hannah Wittman
    01 January 2013
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    This article explores the various meanings of food sovereignty developed by distinct actors in Canada to better understand existing challenges, tensions, convergences and divergences in developing a national movement for food sovereignty.

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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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    From Food Sovereignty to Peasants’ Rights

    • Priscilla Claeys
    01 January 2013
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    The transnational agrarian movement La Via Campesina is known for having successfully mobilized a human rights discourse in its struggle against capitalism and neoliberalism in agricultur.

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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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    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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    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.

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    Conceptualizing the Human Right to Food in the Food Sovereignty Framework

    • Will Schanbacher
    01 January 2013
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    Rather than contextualizing access to food as a failure on the part of affluent countries to provide a framework for securing the right to food, affluent countries (and their citizens) should recognize how we are actively exacerbating global hunger and malnutrition.

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

    • Meleiza Figueroa
    01 January 2013
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    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.

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

    • Joan P. Mencher
    01 January 2013
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    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.

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    Exploring the Dialectic of Labor Rights and Food Sovereignty

    • Jennifer S. Bowles
    01 January 2013
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    Should the principles of food sovereignty be folded into the construction and enforcement of labor and employment laws? How can workers´ rights as envisioned by the ILO be coupled with fundamental precepts of food sovereignty in everyday working life at the site of food production?

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    “Like gold with yield”

    • Madeleine Fairbairn
    01 January 2013
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    Since 2007, capital markets have acquired a newfound interest in agricultural land as a portfolio investment. This phenomenon is examined through the theoretical lens of financialization.

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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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    Water Access, Food Sovereignty and Peru’s Water Regime

    • Barbara Deutsch Lynch
    01 January 2013
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    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.

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