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    The Debate Over Food Sovereignty in Mexico

    • Guadalupe Rodriguez-Gomez
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    Peasant-driven agricultural growth and food sovereignty

    • Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    The concept of food sovereignty represents an important theoretical and practical challenge. The political economy of agriculture can only take this gauntlet by developing a better understanding of the processes of agricultural growth. Without such an understanding it is difficult to address the issue of food sovereignty.

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    Food Sovereignty as a Weapon of the Weak?

    • Giuliano Martiniello
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    The new paradigm of food sovereignty offers a series of alternatives to the neoliberal development mode. It also offers some answers to the emerging food question by proposing solutions to reduce dependency on purchased food or aid, focusing on territory, community, autonomy, sustainability, ecology and nutrition.

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    Conceptualizing the Human Right to Food in the Food Sovereignty Framework

    • Will Schanbacher
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    Feminist Food Sovereignty: Crafting a New Vision

    • Carolyn Sachs
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    Farmers’ Rights & Food Sovereignty

    • Karine Preschard
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    “Like gold with yield”

    • Madeleine Fairbairn
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    Contested Agrifood Governance

    • Christopher M. Bacon
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    The Politics of Property in Industrial Fisheries

    • Liam Campling, Elizabeth Havice
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    Scaling Biopolitics: Enacting Food Sovereignty in Maine (USA)

    • Hilda E. Kurtz in collaboration with Heather Retberg, Bonnie Preston
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    Toward Genetic Democracy?

    • Devparna Roy
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    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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    King of the Sea: Seafood Sovereignty and the Blue Revolution

    • Craig K. Harris
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    Nine ways in which food sovereignty issues affect both the production and consumption of food from marine and freshwater aquatic food systems.

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    How to Build Food Sovereignty

    • A Haroon Akram-Lodhi
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    Occupy the Farm

    • Antonio Roman-Alcalá
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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
    Paper

    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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    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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    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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    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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    The political ecology of market-oriented seed system development and emergent alternatives

    • Kristal Jones
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    What are farmers’ experiences with newly established seed markets for improved varieties in Sahelian West Africa? Market-oriented development approaches frame agricultural systems in dichotomous terms of modern or traditional, efficient or inefficient, and do not account for ongoing learning and adaptation by farmers

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