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    Food Security in a Sovereign State

    • Max Spoor, Natalia Mamonova, Oane Visser, Alexander Nikulin
    01 January 2013
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    In this paper we argue that Russian discourses on and practices of food sovereignty strongly diverge from the global understanding of this concept. We distinguish two approaches to food and agriculture that are crucial for understanding food sovereignty à la Russe.

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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 ‘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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    The Developmental State and Food Sovereignty in Tanzania

    01 January 2013
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    Tanzania has been experiencing different periods of food shortages mainly because of insufficient food production. While the country has an undisputable potential for food production, the state and its development partners such the World Bank, believe that the unsustainable peasant food production is the main cause of the food crisis.

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    Towards a geographic theory of food sovereignty in the United States

    • Amy Trauger
    01 January 2013
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    Food sovereignty identifies the state and capital as complicit in the inequities and injustices in the corporate food regime, including and especially the alienation between producers from consumers. Among food sovereignty’s many demands, is a call to a return power and control in the food system to producers and consumers through decentering the power of transnational capital. The literature on food sovereignty lacks engagement with theories of sovereignty as an explanatory resource, and thus strategies to achieve its aims may lack key insights into political power.

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    Food Sovereignty, Post-Neoliberalism, Campesino Organizations and the State in Ecuador

    • Patrick Clark
    01 January 2013
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    In Latin America the failure of neoliberal policies, and the popular mobilization of social movements against neoliberalism, led to the election of anti or post-neoliberal governments. This has opened up new political space for rural social movements to push for the institutionalization of food sovereignty in state policy.

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

    • Jill Richardson
    01 January 2013
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    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”

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    Institutionalizing Food Sovereignty in Ecuador

    • Karla Peña
    01 January 2013
    Policy briefing

    As one of the first nations to incorporate food sovereignty as a constitutional right, Ecuador is an interesting case study to further our understanding of the food sovereignty conceptual framework.

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    Life in a Shrimp Zone

    • Kasia Paprocki, Jason Cons
    01 January 2013
    Policy briefing

    What are the class-differentiated implications of food sovereignty in a zone of ecological crisis—Bangladesh’s coastal Khulna district? Much land in this deltaic zone that had previously been employed for various forms of peasant production has been overrun and transformed by the introduction of brackish-water shrimp aquaculture.

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    Risk and Blame in the Anthropocene

    • Jesse Ribo
    01 January 2013
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    Climate change and climate-change policies affect food security. Vulnerabilities, however, do not just fall from the sky. Vulnerability is not an attribute of changing hazards. It is produced and reproduced through social and political-economic relations on the ground.

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

    • Wendy Godek
    01 January 2013
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    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.

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    The Politics of Property in Industrial Fisheries

    • Liam Campling, Elizabeth Havice
    01 January 2013
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    Fisheries systems are widely considered to be ‘in crisis’ in both economic and ecological terms, a considerable concern given their significance to food security, international trade and employment the world over. The most common explanation for the crisis suggests that it is caused by weak and illiberal property regimes.

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    Food sovereignty in Ecuador

    01 January 2013
    Policy briefing

    What is the impact of collective actions for the institutionalization of the principles of food sovereignty in Ecuador?

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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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    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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    The Debate Over Food Sovereignty in Mexico

    • Guadalupe Rodriguez-Gomez
    01 January 2013
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    In 2007 a popular movement called "Sin maíz no hay país y sin frijol tampoco' emerged in Mexico, in response to the domestic food crisis.

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    Scaling Biopolitics: Enacting Food Sovereignty in Maine (USA)

    • Hilda E. Kurtz in collaboration with Heather Retberg, Bonnie Preston
    01 January 2013
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    In 2011, a group of food and farmer activists in Maine set off a maelstrom of political activity in and around the food sovereignty movement when they drafted and placed on town meeting warrants a Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinance. Intended to maintain the viability of small farms in a struggling rural economy, these ordinances exempt direct transactions of farm food from licensure and inspection.

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    Seasonal hunger in coffee communities

    • Margarita Fernandez, V. Ernesto Méndez, Christopher Bacon
    01 January 2013
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    Food sovereignty has recently gained momentum in social movements, farmer cooperatives and NGOs, as a framework that places farmer’s and nature’s rights as central to food and agricultural policy. Food sovereignty’s strength is that it outlines an alternative policy to the contemporary global agro-industrial food system.

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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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    Farmland Preservation, Agricultural Easements and Land Access in California

    • Zoe Brent
    01 January 2013
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    California is a land of contradictions. It is known as the breadbasket of the nation, but farmland is disappearing with alarming speed. Crop and ranch lands are falling out of production at a rate of one square mile every four days between 1984 and 2008.

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