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Food Sovereignty and Urban Agriculture
Concepts, Politics, and Practice in South Africa

ISBN 9781032022697
Published July 8, 2022 by Routledge
174 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book analyses the interplay of urban agriculture and food sovereignty through the innovative lens of the "critical urban food perspective". It focuses on the mobilisation of urban food producers as a powerful response to highly exclusionary dynamics in the agri-food system including insufficient food access and disastrous land dispossessions.

This volume particularly aims to fill the gap in the current literature by engaging with food sovereignty discourses and movements in urban areas. Related activism of urban food producers in the Global South remains underrepresented in practice and in literature. Therefore, this book engages with the lived realities of an urban agriculture initiative in George, South Africa. Building on theoretical notions of the "right to the city" and "everyday forms of resistance", the book illuminates how deprived food producers expose inequalities and propose alternatives. The findings of in-depth empirical research reveal that dwellers perceive farming as a mean to overcome historical segregation, high food prices, and unhealthy nutrition. Hence, they breathe life into food sovereignty in practice and suggest further alliances beyond the city.

The book will be of interest to scholars and students of alternative food politics, agrarian transformation, and food movements as well as rural-urban intersections.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. 1. Why food sovereignty in the city matters now. 2. Rethinking South Africa’s agri-food system: notions of food sovereignty and urban agriculture. 3. Exposing marginalisation: Food and farming in the city. 4. Proposing food sovereignty. 5. Politicising alternatives from below. 6. Conclusions: Urban South Africa and beyond.

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Anne Siebert is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (IEE), Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany. She obtained a joint PhD degree in International Development Studies from the IEE and the Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Her research experience and interest revolve around food politics and social movements, and how these have shaped dominant agri-food systems, governance, rural-urban interlinkages, as well as research methodology.