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Food Sovereignty

Convergence and Contradictions, Condition and Challenges, 1st Edition

Edited by Eric Holt-Gimenez, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Todd Holmes, Martha Jane Robbins


212 pages

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A fundamentally contested concept, food sovereignty (FS) has – as a political project and campaign, an alternative, a social movement and an analytical framework – barged into global discourses, both political and academic, over the past two decades. This collection identifies a number of key questions regarding FS. What does (re)localisation mean? How does the notion of FS connect with similar and/or overlapping ideas historically? How does it address questions of both market and non-market forces in a dominantly capitalist world? How does FS deal with such differentiating social contradictions? How does the movement deal with larger issues of nation-state, where a largely urbanised world of non-food producing consumers harbours interests distinct from those of farmers? How does FS address the current trends of crop booms, as well as other alternatives that do not sit comfortably within the basic tenets of FS, such as corporate-captured fair trade? How does FS grapple with the land question and move beyond the narrow ‘rural/agricultural’ framework? Such questions call for a new era of research into FS, a movement and theme that in recent years has inspired and mobilised tens of thousands of activists and academics around the world: young and old, men and women, rural and urban. This book was originally published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

Table of Contents

  1. Food sovereignty: convergence and contradictions, conditions and challenges

    Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Saturnino M. Borras Jr, Todd Holmes, Eric Holt-Gimenez and Martha Jane Robbins

  2. Exploring the ‘localisation’ dimension of food sovereignty

    Martha Jane Robbins

  3. Food sovereignty, food security and fair trade: the case of an influential Nicaraguan smallholder cooperative

    Christopher M. Bacon

  4. Food sovereignty and the quinoa boom: challenges to sustainable re-peasantisation in the southern Altiplano of Bolivia.
  5. Tanya M. Kerssen

  6. Food sovereignty as praxis: rethinking the food question in Uganda

    Giuliano Martiniello

  7. Challenges for food sovereignty policy making: the case of Nicaragua’s Law 693

    Wendy Godek

  8. Operationalising food sovereignty through an investment lens: how agro-ecology is putting ‘big push theory’ back on the table

    Louis Thiemann

  9. Accelerating towards food sovereignty

    A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi

  10. We are not all the same: taking gender seriously in food sovereignty discourse

    Clara Mi Young Park, Ben White and Julia

  11. Land and food sovereignty

    Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Jennifer C. Franco and Sofía Monsalve Suárez

  12. Contextualising food sovereignty: the politics of convergence among movements in the USA

    Zoe W. Brent, Christina M. Schiavoni and Alberto Alonso-Fradejas

About the Editors

Eric Holt-Giménez has been Executive Director of Food First since 2006. He is the editor of many academic, magazine and news articles, and lectures internationally on hunger and food system transformation.

Alberto Alonso-Fradejas is aPhD Candidate at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Netherlands, a researcher at the Transnational Institute (TNI), and a Fellow of the Guatemalan Institute of Agrarian and Rural Studies (IDEAR).

Todd Holmes is a postdoctoral fellow with the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. He earned his PhD in history at Yale University, where for four years he served as the Program Coordinator for the Yale Agrarian Studies Program.

Martha Jane Robbins is a PhD Researcher at ISS in the Netherlands and holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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