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Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue

Food sovereignty 2013/2014 conference papers series

1 Food Sovereignty: A skeptical view                                               Henry Bernstein
2 What Place for International Trade in Food Sovereignty?  Kim Burnett and Sophia Murphy
3 Farmers, Foodies, & First Nations: Getting to Food Sovereignty in Canada Annette Desmarais and Hannah Wittman
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Rural Social Movements and Diálogo de Saberes: Peasant Territories, Food Sovereignty, and Agroecology

Peter Rosset and Maria Elena Martinez-Torres

5

Financialization, Distance and Global Food Politics

Jennifer Clapp

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“Like gold with yield”: Evolving intersections between farmland and finance

Madeleine Fairbairn

7

Risk and Blame in the Anthropocene: Multi-scale Climate Change Analysis

Jesse Ribot

8

Peasant-Driven Agricultural Growth and Food Sovereignty

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

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Financialization and the Transformation of Agro-food Supply Chains: A Political Economy

Ryan Isakson

10 Achieving Mexico’s Maize Potential Antonio Turrent Fernández, Timothy A. Wise, and Elise Garvey
11 Gold for Export? … or Water & Food for Life? The Case of Gold Mining in El Salvador Robin Broad and John Cavanagh
12 Food sovereignty and safeguarding food security for everyone: Issues for scientific investigation Hugh Lacey
13 Historicizing Food Sovereignty: a Food Regime Perspective Philip McMichael
14 Feast and Famine: The Growth of Corporate Wealth and Food Insecurity in Neoliberal Mexico Enrique C. Ochoa
15 How to Build Food Sovereignty A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi
16 The New American Farmer: The Agrarian Question, Food Sovereignty and Immigrant Mexican Growers in the United States Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern
17 We Are Not All the Same: Taking Gender Seriously in Food Sovereignty Discourse Clara Mi Young Par, Ben White and Julia
18 Maize as sovereignty: anti-GM activism in Mexico and Colombia Liz Fitting
19 Farmers’ Rights & Food Sovereignty: Critical Insights from India Karine Peschard
20 Culturally appropriate food: Researching cultural aspects of food sovereignty Devon Sampson and Chelsea Wills
21 The Developmental State and Food Sovereignty in Tanzania Richard Mbunda
22 Large-Scale Land Acquisitions and Social Conflict in Africa Kai Thaler
23 Beyond the Minimally Adequate Diet: Food Stamps and Food Sovereignty in the U.S. Maggie Dickinson
24 From Food Sovereignty to Peasants’Rights: an Overview of La Via Campesina’s Rights-Based Claims over the Last 20 Years Priscilla Claeys
25 The politics of the emerging agro-industrial complex in Asia’s ‘final frontier’: The war on food sovereignty in Burma Kevin Woods
26 The ‘non-economy’ and the Radical Dreams of Food Sovereignty Jim Handy
27 Capitalism in Green Disguise: The Political Economy of Organic Farming in the European Union Charalampos Konstantinidis
28 Food Security in a Sovereign State and “Quiet Food Sovereignty” of an Insecure Population: The Case of Post-Soviet Russia Max Spoor, Natalia Mamonova, Oane Visser and Alexander Nikulin
29 Cultivating Food Sovereignty Where There are Few Choices Teresa Mare, Naomi Wolcott-MacCausland, Jessie Mazar
30 Water Access, Food Sovereignty and Peru’s Water Regime Barbara Deutsch Lynch
31 The Role of US Consumers and Producers in Food Sovereignty Molly D. Anderson
32 Farmland Preservation, Agricultural Easements, and Land Access in California Zoe Brent  
33 The Temptation of Nitrogen: FAO Guidance for Food Sovereignty in Nicaragua Birgit Müller
34 Food Sovereignty, Post-Neoliberalism, Campesino Organizations, and the State in Ecuador Patrick Clark
35 With flowers and capsicum in the driver’s seat, food sovereignty is impossible: A comparison of the politics of agricultural policy in two Indian states, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh Sejuti Dasgupta
36 The Debate Over Food Sovereignty in Mexico Guadalupe Rodríguez-Gómez
37 The agrarian transition and the ‘feminization’ of agriculture Olivier de Schutter
38 Food Justice, Food Sovereignty and the Challenge of Neoliberalism Alison Hope Alkon
39 The Politics of Property in Industrial Fisheries Liam Campling and Elizabeth Havice
40 Community Autonomy and Local Food: Seeking Food Sovereignty in Maine Hilda E. Kurtz, Heather Retberg and Bonnie Preston
41 Food Sovereignty as a Weapon of the Weak? Rethinking the Food Question in Uganda Giuliano Martiniello
42 Seasonal hunger in coffee communities: Integrated analysis of livelihoods, agroecology, and food sovereignty with smallholders of Mexico and Nicaragua Margarita Fernandez, V. Ernesto Mendez, and Christopher Bacon
43 Food Sovereignty: How it turns the growing corporate global food system upside down Joan P. Mencher
44 Food Sovereignty in Everyday Life: A People-Centered Approach to Food Systems Meleiza Figueroa
45 Structural Transformation and Gender Rights in African Agriculture: What Pathways to Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Food Security? Bola O Akanji
46 Recipe for decolonization and resurgence: Story of O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation’s indigenous food sovereignty movement Asfia Gulrukh Kamal and Shirley Thompson
47 Exploring the Dialectic of Labor Rights and Food Sovereignty in Everyday Work Conflicts of Argentina´s Yerba mate Country Jennifer S. Bowles
48 Between empty lots and open pots: understanding the rise of urban food movements in the USA Jessica Clendenning and Wolfram Dressler
49 Life in a Shrimp Zone: Aqua- and Other Cultures in Bangladesh’s Coastal Landscape Kasia Paprocki and Jason Cons
50 Food sovereignty in Ecuador: The gap between the constitutionalization of the principles and their materialization in the official agri-food strategies Isabella Giunta
51 Institutionalizing Food Sovereignty in Ecuador Karla Peña
52 Food Regimes, Race and The Coloniality of Power: Linking histories in the food sovereignty movement Shoshana Devra Perrey
53 Conceptualizing the Human Right to Food in the Food Sovereignty Framework Will Schanbacher
54 The political ecology of market-oriented seed system development and emergent alternatives Kristal Jones
55 Towards a geographic theory of food sovereignty in the United States Amy Trauger
56 Re-Purposing the Master’s Tools: The Open Source Seed Initiative and the Struggle for Seed Sovereignty Jack Kloppenburg
57 The ‘State’ of Food Sovereignty in Latin America: Political Projects and Alternative Pathways in Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia Ben McKay and Ryan Nehring
58 Feminist Food Sovereignty: Crafting a New Vision Carolyn Sachs
59 Bolivia’s Food Sovereignty & Agrobiodiversity: Undermining the Local to Strengthen the State? Jenny Cockburn
60 ‘We Didn’t Want to Hear About Calories’: Rethinking Food Security, Food Power and Food Sovereignty - Lessons from the Gaza Closure Aeyal Gross & Tamar Feldman
61 King of the Sea: Seafood Sovereignty and the Blue Revolution Craig K. Harris
62 Do Purchases Motivated by Symbolic and Social Needs Undermine Food Sovereignty? Jill Richardson
63 The Complexity of Food Sovereignty Policymaking: The Case of Nicaragua’s Law 693 Wendy Godek
64 Toward Genetic Democracy? Seed Sovereignty, Neoliberal Food Regime, and Transgenic Crops in India Devparna Roy
65 Perils of Peasant Populism: Why Redistributive Land Reform and “Food Sovereignty” Can’t Feed Venezuela Aaron Kappeler
66 A Tale of Three Habas Pejtos, Or, How to Make a ‘Plurinational’ Cuisine Alder Keleman
67 Building Relational Food Sovereignty Across Scales: An Example from the Peruvian Andes Alastair Iles and Maywa Montenegro
68 Food Sovereignty, Gender and Nutrition: Perspectives from Malawi Rachel Bezner Kerr, Esther Lupafya and Lizzie Shumba
69 Transcending the Focus on Agrarian Sector Anil Bhattarai
70 Aloha Aina as an expression of food sovereignty: A Case Study of the challenges to food self-reliance on Molokai, Hawaii Clare Gupta
71 Women’s Indigenous Knowledge and Food Sovereignty: Experiences from KWPA’s Movement in South Korea Hyo Jeong Kim
72 Food sovereignty: Forgotten genealogies and future regulatory challenges Marc Edelman
73 The Cunning State of Farmers’ Rights in India: Aligning with Global Law or Emancipating Farmers? Dwijen Rangnekar
74 Entitlement vs. Food Sovereignty Approaches: Challenges for sustainable food and nutrition security in the changing agrarian landscape in Tamil Nadu, India Hom Gartaula, Kirit Patel, Derek Johnson and Dinesh Moghariya
75 Occupy the Farm: A Study of Civil Society Tactics to Cultivate Commons and Construct Food Sovereignty in the United States Antonio Roman-Alcalá
76 Is market gardening compatible with food sovereignty? Insights from a case study of small-scale micro-irrigated vegetable production in southwest Burkina Faso Brian Dowd-Uribe, Carla Roncoli, Ben Orlove, & Colin T. West
77 Developing tools to assess agri-food systems responses to food sovereignty policies: A conceptual and methodological approach through integration of SES and vulnerability frameworks Virginia Vallejo-Rojas, Federica Ravera, Marta G. Rivera-Ferre
78 Rethinking investment dynamics: An alternative framework of the global land rush Elizabeth Starr
79 Food Sovereignty and the Quinoa Boom in Bolivia Tanya Kerssen
80 Contested Agrifood Governance: Nicaraguan smallholder cooperatives navigate the split in fair trade and start the struggle for food sovereignty Christopher M. Bacon
81 Navigating De- and Re-Peasantisation: Potential Limitations of a Universal Food Sovereignty Approach for Polish Smallholders Kathryn DeMaster
82 Marginalized street food vendors promoting consumption of millets among the urban poor: A case study of millet porridge vendors in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India Kirit Patel,David Guenther,Kyle Wiebe and Ruth-Anne Seburn
83

Agrobiodiversity, Global Environmental Justice and Food Sovereignty: A Necessary Encounter?

Zuhre Aksoy

84

Conflicts around alternative urban food provision: Contesting food privilege, food injustice, and colorblindness in Jamaica Plain, Boston 

Isabelle Anguelovski
85

Words speak louder than actions: The ‘peasant’ dimension of the Confederation Paysanne’s alternative to industrial farming

Edouard Morena
86

The new rural land and food question: exploring sustainable pathways of green growth and the bio-economy

Terry Marsden
87 Towards Food Sovereignty: Interrogating Peasant Voice in the UN Committee on World Food Security Josh Brem-Wilson
88

Comprehensive agronomy as a pre-condition for seed and food sovereignty: implications of SRI principles for strategic policy issues

Willem A. Stoop
89

The Food Commons Transition: Collective Actions for Food and Nutrition Security

Jose Luis Vivero Pol
90

Competing Sovereignties in the Political Construction of Food Sovereignty

Christina Schiavoni
91

Reinventing the big push for agrarian change from within the agroecology paradigm

Louis Thiemann

92

Food Sovereignty: Re-peasantization/Dispossession/Agro-ecology versus Expanded Reproduction

Kees Jansen
93

Rethinking food sovereignty in a limiting context: Refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh without land and citizenship

Shapan Adnan
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Agricultural Biodiversity, Ecological Food Provision and Food Sovereignty: vital interdependencies

Patrick Mulvany

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Facilitating learning and action for food sovereignty on family and community levels (Discussion Notes)

Mette Vaarst
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Gender, Nutrition, and the Human Right to Adequate Food: towards an inclusive framework (Discussion Notes)

Flavio Valente et al
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No Food Sovereignty Here (Discussion Notes)

Tania Murray Li

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Food Sovereignty: a dialogue on an alternative future

A University of Florida Symposium with La Via Campesina, the largest international association of small farmers and farm workers. (Thursday, January 30, 2014)

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24 Jan 2014 Colloquium

ICAS FS colloquium 24 Jan 2014-Final Programme (including short bios)

International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, Netherlands

A fundamentally contested concept, food sovereignty has — as a political project and campaign, an alternative, a social movement, and an analytical framework — barged into global agrarian discourse over the last two decades. Since then, it has inspired and mobilized diverse publics: workers, scholars and public intellectuals, farmers and peasant movements, NGOs and human rights activists in the North and global South. The term has become a challenging subject for social science research, and has been interpreted and reinterpreted in a variety of ways by various groups and individuals. Indeed, it is a concept that is broadly defined as the right of peoples to democratically control or determine the shape of their food system, and to produce sufficient and healthy food in culturally appropriate and ecologically sustainable ways in and near their territory. As such it spans issues such as food politics, agroecology, land reform, bio-fuels, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), urban gardening, the patenting of life forms, labor migration, the feeding of volatile cities, ecological sustainability, and subsistence rights.

Sponsored by the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University and the Journal of Peasant Studies, the conference “Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue” was held at Yale University on 14-15 September 2013. The event brought together leading scholars and political activists who are advocates of and sympathetic to the idea of food sovereignty, as well as those who are skeptical to the concept of food sovereignty to foster a critical and productive dialogue on the issue. The purpose of the meeting was to examine what food sovereignty might mean, how it might be variously construed, and what policies (e.g. of land use, commodity policy, and food subsidies) it implies. Moreover, such a dialogue aimed at exploring whether the subject of food sovereignty has an “intellectual future” in critical agrarian studies and, if so, on what terms.

It was a massively successful gathering of about 250 researchers and activists – most of whom were from North America. A total of 82 papers were made available online. For details, see the Yale conference website.

Since then, there has been some popular clamor to hold a smaller version of the conference in Europe. It is in this context that we are organizing a daylong colloquium on 24 January 2014, at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, the Netherlands. It is part of the Critical Agrarian Studies Colloquium Series at ISS.

The January 24th The Hague gathering will bring together several speakers from the Yale conference, plus others. We are finalizing the line up of key speakers at the moment. But for now, we are happy to announce that among the confirmed speakers (author presenters, speakers, chairs) in January are: Paul Nicholson, Susan George, Teodor Shanin, Olivier de Schutter, Marc Edelman, Philip McMichael, Annette Desmarais, Jennifer Clapp, Peter Rosset, Annie Shattuck, Tanya Kerssen, Eric Holt-Gimenez, Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, Karine Peschard, Isabella Giunta, Ryan Isakson, Ian Scoones, Ben White, Wendy Wolford, Bridget O’Laughlin, Priscilla Claeys, Alexander Nikulin, Sofia Monsalve, Antonio Onorati, Michael Windfuhr, Nora McKeon, Flavio Valente. We will provide a draft programme as soon as we have confirmed other speakers. For the short CVs of these speakers, please see enclosed document.

We will adopt the format we used at the conference in Yale: very short presentations by speakers, much longer time for discussions.

The gathering will also be a commemoration of three important anniversaries: the 20th anniversary of La Via Campesina, the 40th anniversary of the Journal of Peasant Studies, and the 40th anniversary of the Transnational Institute (TNI) -- which makes such a critical dialogue all the more timely.

The January 24th event is jointly sponsored by the Agrarian, Food & Environmental Studies (AFES) and Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS)/International Institute of Social Studies (ISS, www.iss.nl/afes and www.iss.nl/icas), Transnational Institute (TNI, www.tni.org), Food First (www.foodfirst.org), Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI, www.iss.nl/ldpi), and The Journal of Peasant Studies (www.informaworld.com/jps).  

Agrarian Studies Conference, September 14–15, 2013, Yale University

A fundamentally contested concept, food sovereignty has — as a political project and campaign, an alternative, a social movement, and an analytical framework — barged into global agrarian discourse over the last two decades. Since then, it has inspired and mobilized diverse publics: workers, scholars and public intellectuals, farmers and peasant movements, NGOs and human rights activists in the North and global South. The term has become a challenging subject for social science research, and has been interpreted and reinterpreted in a variety of ways by various groups and individuals. Indeed, it is a concept that is broadly defined as the right of peoples to democratically control or determine the shape of their food system, and to produce sufficient and healthy food in culturally appropriate and ecologically sustainable ways in and near their territory. As such it spans issues such as food politics, agroecology, land reform, bio-fuels, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), urban gardening, the patenting of life forms, labor migration, the feeding of volatile cities, ecological sustainability, and subsistence rights.

Sponsored by the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University and the Journal of Peasant Studies, and co-organized by Food First, Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, as well as the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute(TNI), the conference “Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue” will be held at Yale University on September 14–15, 2013. The event will bring together leading scholars and political activists who are advocates of and sympathetic to the idea of food sovereignty, as well as those who are skeptical to the concept of food sovereignty to foster a critical and productive dialogue on the issue. The purpose of the meeting is to examine what food sovereignty might mean, how it might be variously construed, and what policies (e.g. of land use, commodity policy, and food subsidies) it implies. Moreover, such a dialogue aims at exploring whether the subject of food sovereignty has an “intellectual future” in critical agrarian studies and, if so, on what terms.

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