Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community

Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community


Edited by Annette Aurelie Desmarais, Edited by Nettie Wiebe, Edited by Hannah Wittman

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  • Publisher: Pambazuka Press
  • Format: Paperback | 226 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 230mm x 16mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 085749029X
  • ISBN 13: 9780857490292
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 328,242

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This exceptional collection gives voice to the peasant movements that are planting the seeds of a revolution that could fundamentally alter our relationship with food - and with each other. With increasing hunger in the world, especially among marginalised populations in both the North and South, the current high-input, industrialised, market-driven food system is failing. It is failing to provide for the food needs of all people, failing to respect the principles of environmental sustainability, and it undermines local empowerment and agrarian citizenship. Around the world, people are resisting the environmental, social and political destruction perpetuated by the industrial agricultural system. This resistance has led to a new and radical agricultural practice - food sovereignty - which puts control in the hands of those who are both hungry and produce the world's food - peasants and family farmers - rather than corporate executives. Advocating a practical, radical change to the way much of our food system operates the contributors, including Raj Patel, Walden Bello, Philip McMichael, Miguel Altieri and Eric Holt-Gimenez, show through analysis and case studies that food sovereignty results in increased production, safe food that reaches those who are in the most need and agricultural practices that respect the earth. This is the means to achieving the UN-endorsed goal of food security.

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Author information

Annette Aurelie Desmarais was a cattle and grain farmer for 14 years. She is now associate professor of international studies at the University of Regina. Her book La Via Campesina: Globalization and the Power of Peasants was nominated for the Chadwick F. Alger Award and the Lionel Gelber Prize. Nettie Wiebe is an organic farmer and professor of ethics at St. Andrew's College, University of Saskatchewan. Hannah Wittman is an assistant professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Simon Fraser University.

Table of contents

1 The Origins & Potential of Food Sovereignty Hannah Wittman, Annette Desmarais & Nettie Wiebe - Initiating the Food Sovereignty Concept - The Scope of Food Sovereignty - Broadening the Struggle for Food Sovereignty - Exploring Key Aspects of Food Sovereignty 2 Framing Resistance: International Food Regimes & the Roots of Food Sovereignty Madeleine Fairbairn - Conceptual Framework: Food Regimes & Neoliberalization - Frames for the "Free World": The Right to Food & Freedom from Hunger - Regime Crisis & Reconceptualization: The Emergence of Food Security - Individual Access, Neoliberal Means: The Transition to Household Food Security - Counterframe for the Corporate Food Regime: The Food Sovereignty Movement - The Potential of Food Sovereignty 3 Seeing Like a Peasant: Voices from La Via Campesina Itelvina Masioli and Paul Nicholson - Note 4 "Drawing Forth the Force that Slumbered in Peasants' Arms": The Economist, High Agriculture & Selling Capitalism Jim Handy and Carla Fehr - A Land without Peasants - The Mythical Benefits of Enclosure - "The Superstitious Worship of S's Name" - "A Business to Be Undertaken by Capitalists" - From Liberalism to Neoliberalism 5 Capitalist Agriculture, the Food Price Crisis & Peasant Resistance Walden Bello and Mara Baviera - A Perfect Storm? - The Agrofuel Factor - Structural Adjustment & Trade Liberalization - Eroding the Mexican Countryside - Creating a Rice Crisis in the Philippines - Destroying African Agriculture - Capitalism versus the Peasant - Resistance - The Conjuncture 6 Another Agrarian Transition Eric Holt-Gimenez and Annie Shattuck - Agrofuels Myths - The Agrofuels Boom - The Agrofuels Transition - Food Sovereignty: From Extraction to Redistribution 7 Reconnecting Agriculture & the Environment: Food Sovereignty & the Agrarian Basis of Ecological Citizenship Hannah Wittman - Technology, Efficiency & the Separation of Nature from Agriculture - Agrarian Citizenship as an Alternative Agroecological Rationality - Food Sovereignty: Enacting Agrarian Citizenship - The Campaign against Green Deserts - The Seed Sovereignty Campaign 8 Food Sovereignty & Redistributive Land Policies: Exploring Linkages, Identifying Challenges Saturnino M. Borras Jr. and Jennifer C. Franco - Land-Based Social Relations, Not "Things" - Dynamics of Reform - Struggles around Land Policies & Food Sovereignty - Struggling for Food Sovereignty in Politically Consolidated Lands 9 Scaling Up Agroecological Approaches for Food Sovereignty in Latin America Miguel A. Altieri - Small Farmers Are Key - Enhancing the Productivity of Small-Farm Systems through Agroecology - Rural Social Movements & Agroecology - Outlook & Prospects 10 Unearthing the Cultural & Material Struggles over Seed in Malawi Rachel Bezner Kerr - A Brief History of Seeds & Agriculture in Malawi - Seeds as Multiple Sites of Struggles over Sovereignty - Social Practices Linking Maize & Groundnut Seed to Food Sovereignty 11 Seed Sovereignty: The Promise of Open Source Biology Jack Kloppenburg - The Erosion of Farmers' Seed Sovereignty: The Privatization of Biodiversity - Resisting Exclusion, Creating Alternatives? - Open Source Movements: From Software to Wetware - A BioLinux for Seeds? - Pursuing Seed Sovereignty 12 Food Sovereignty in Movement: Addressing the Triple Crisis Philip McMichael - Food Sovereignty - Adaptation - Seed Politics - Energy Security 13 What Does Food Sovereignty Look Like? Raj Patel - The Etymology of "Food Sovereignty" - Big Tents & Rights Talk - Hannah Arendt & the Right to Have Rights - The Trace of Partial Universality in La Via Campesina Appendix 1 The Right to Produce and Access to Land Food Sovereignty: A Future without Hunger Our World Is Not For Sale Priority to Peoples' Food Sovereignty