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

    • Kevin Woods
    01 January 2013
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    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.

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    Is market gardening compatible with food sovereignty?

    • Brian Dowd-Uribe, Carla Roncoli, Ben Orlove, Colin T. West
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    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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    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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    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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    ‘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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    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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    With flowers and capsicum in the driver’s seat, food sovereignty is impossible

    • Sejuti Dasgupta
    01 January 2013
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    According to the International Food Policy Research Institute's Global Hunger Index, 2011, India ranks 67th among the 81 countries of the world with poorest food security; and this is when some states in the country have registered very high rates of growth in agriculture.

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    “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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    Toward Genetic Democracy?

    • Devparna Roy
    01 January 2013
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    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.

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    Large-Scale Land Acquisitions and Social Conflict in Africa

    • Kai Thaler
    01 January 2013
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    As foreign governments and corporations lease and purchase large tracts of arable land across the globe, in Africa, such large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) or ‘land grabs’ have allegedly provided the grievance behind protests, riots, coups, and other conflict from Mali to Madagascar.

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    Feminist Food Sovereignty: Crafting a New Vision

    • Carolyn Sachs
    01 January 2013
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    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.”

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