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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    Exploring the Dialectic of Labor Rights and Food Sovereignty

    • Jennifer S. Bowles
    01 January 2013
    Policy briefing

    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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    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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    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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    Is market gardening compatible with food sovereignty?

    • Brian Dowd-Uribe, Carla Roncoli, Ben Orlove, Colin T. West
    01 January 2013
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    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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    Women’s Indigenous Knowledge and Food Sovereignty: Experiences from KWPA’s Movement in South Korea

    01 January 2013
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    A case study about indigenous seed preservation movement led by Korean Women Peasants' Association (KWPA) working for the food sovereignty as an alternative to the current global food system. In particular, it examines primarily on how peasant women's knowledge, which had been looked down on was reinterpreted into the main mechanism of the food sovereignty movement by KWPA as one of the major points of their movement.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    “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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    The agrarian transition and the ‘feminization’ of agriculture

    • Olivier de Schutter
    01 January 2013
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    Though women play a greater role than ever as food producers. they face obstacles such that they are often relegated to a form of agricultural production that is characterized by its low productivity and that is geared towards own consumption

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

    • Joan P. Mencher
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    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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    King of the Sea: Seafood Sovereignty and the Blue Revolution

    • Craig K. Harris
    01 January 2013
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    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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