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

    • Alder Keleman
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    Risk and Blame in the Anthropocene

    • Jesse Ribo
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    Recipe for decolonization and resurgence

    • Asfia Gulrukh Kamal, Shirley Thompson
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    Food Sovereignty: A skeptical view

    • Henry Bernstein
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    This paper attempts to identify and assess some of the key elements that ‘frame’ Food Sovereignty.

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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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    Transcending the Focus on Agrarian Sector

    • Anil Bhattarai
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    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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    Life in a Shrimp Zone

    • Kasia Paprocki, Jason Cons
    01 January 2013
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    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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    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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    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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    Food Sovereignty in Everyday Life: A People-Centered Approach to Food Systems

    • Meleiza Figueroa
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    Rural Social Movements and Diálogo de Saberes

    • Peter Rosset, Maria Elena Martinez-Torres
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    While many contemporary rural social movements once argued for increased industrial farming inputs and machinery for their members, the past few years have seen an accelerating shift toward the promotion of agroecology as an alternative to the so-called Green Revolution.

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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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    “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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    Financialization, Distance and Global Food Politics

    • Jennifer Clapp
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    This paper provides a new perspective on the political implications of intensified financialization in the global food system.

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    Achieving Mexico’s Maize Potential

    • Antonio Turrent Fernández, Timothy A. Wise, Elise Garvey
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    Once the poster child for free trade, Mexico is now better known for its failures, among them the loss of the country’s food sovereignty. Rising agricultural prices, combined with growing import dependence, have driven Mexico’s food import bill over $20 billion per year and increased its agricultural trade deficit.

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    Feast and Famine

    • Enrique C. Ochoa
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    This paper explores how recent Mexican food policies have spurred the growth of three large transnational food corporations while at the same time leaving more than 20 million Mexicans in nutritional poverty with little access to their traditional staples and ways of life.

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