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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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    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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    Financialization and the Transformation of Agro-food Supply Chains

    • S. Ryan Isakson
    01 January 2013
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    This article documents the rise of finance in food provisioning. It queries the role of financialization in the contemporary food crisis and analyzes its impacts upon power structures and the distribution of wealth within and along the agro-food supply chain.

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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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    Contested Agrifood Governance

    • Christopher M. Bacon
    01 January 2013
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    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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    Cultivating Food Sovereignty Where There are Few Choices

    • Teresa Mares, Ph.D., Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland, Jessie Mazar
    01 January 2013
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    Huertas did not begin as a research project, but rather as a grassroots effort to build gardens with Latino/a migrant farm workers on rural dairies in Vermont using donated materials and time. Over four summers it has grown into a larger, more organized food access project.

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    Exploring the Dialectic of Labor Rights and Food Sovereignty

    • Jennifer S. Bowles
    01 January 2013
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    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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    Food Sovereignty as a Weapon of the Weak?

    • Giuliano Martiniello
    01 January 2013
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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Large-Scale Land Acquisitions and Social Conflict in Africa

    • Kai Thaler
    01 January 2013
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    As foreign governments and corporations lease and purchase large tracts of arable land across the globe, in Africa, such large-scale land acquisitions (LSLAs) or ‘land grabs’ have allegedly provided the grievance behind protests, riots, coups, and other conflict from Mali to Madagascar.

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    Historicizing Food Sovereignty

    • Philip McMichael
    01 January 2013
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    To historicize food sovereignty is to situate it: first, as a strategic countermovement in/of the food regime; and second, by historicizing the food regime itself to identify the shifting terrain of food sovereignty politics.

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    Peasant-driven agricultural growth and food sovereignty

    • Jan Douwe van der Ploeg
    01 January 2013
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    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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    ‘We Didn’t Want to Hear About Calories’

    • Aeyal Gross, Tamar Feldman
    01 January 2013
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    The notion of food sovereignty was developed based on the notion that if the population of a country must depend for their next meal on global economy, on the goodwill of a superpower not to use food as a weapon, or the unpredictability of shipping, then that country is not secure in the sense of food security. It has thus been argued that food sovereignty goes beyond the concept of food security.

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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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    Toward Genetic Democracy?

    • Devparna Roy
    01 January 2013
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    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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    Food Sovereignty, Gender and Nutrition

    • Rachel Bezner Kerr, Esther Lupafya, Lizzie Shumba
    01 January 2013
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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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