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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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    Gold for Export? … or Water & Food for Life?

    • John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    With the rapid expansion of gold mining, social movements in many countries have gathered force to oppose the mining. Environmental concerns have been central to this opposition. But the opposition has grown into a larger critique of “what is development?” posing corporate-led export growth against peasant-led local agriculture.

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    Recipe for decolonization and resurgence

    • Asfia Gulrukh Kamal, Shirley Thompson
    01 January 2013
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    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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    What Place for International Trade in Food Sovereignty?

    • Kim Burnett, Sophia Murphy
    01 January 2013
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    International agricultural commodity trade is central to the livelihoods of millions of farmers across the globe, and to most countries’ food security strategies. Yet global trade policies are contributing to food insecurity and are undermining livelihoods.

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    Food sovereignty and safeguarding food security for everyone

    • Hugh Lacey
    01 January 2013
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    The paper considers food sovereignty as an aspiration, or value, held by various social movements (first and most notably La Vía Campesina [LVC]) and food producing communities, to control or determine the shape of all aspects of their food system.

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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 ‘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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    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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    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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    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
    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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    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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    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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    Occupy the Farm

    • Antonio Roman-Alcalá
    01 January 2013
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    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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    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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    Rethinking investment dynamics: An alternative framework of the global land rush

    01 January 2013
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    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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    Entitlement vs. Food Sovereignty Approaches

    • Hom Gartaula, Kirit Patel, Derek Johnson, Dinesh Moghariya
    01 January 2013
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    The present day reality is that the laudable economic growth has not able to conquer the alarming rate of poverty, hunger and malnutrition in the world. The support-led and growth mediated intervention measures provide grounds for farmers to opt for different livelihood options, determining their access and rights to food.

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    Achieving Mexico’s Maize Potential

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