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Food Sovereignty in International Context

Discourse, politics and practice of place, 1st Edition

Edited by Amy Trauger


248 pages | 8 B/W Illus.

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Food sovereignty is an emerging discourse of empowerment and autonomy in the food system with the development of associated practices in rural and some urban spaces. While literature on food sovereignty has proliferated since the first usage of the term in 1996 at the Rome Food Summit, most has been descriptive rather than explanatory in nature, and often confuses food sovereignty with other movements and objectives such as alternative food networks, food justice, or food self-sufficiency.

This book is a collection of empirically rich and theoretically engaged papers across a broad geographical spectrum reflecting on what constitutes the politics and practices of food sovereignty. They contribute to a theoretical gap in the food sovereignty literature as well as a relative shortage of empirical work on food sovereignty in the global "North", much previous work having focussed on Latin America. Specific case studies are included from Canada, Norway, Switzerland, southern Europe, UK and USA, as well as Africa, India and Ecuador.

The book presents new research on the emergence of food sovereignties. It offers a wide variety of empirical examples and a theoretically engaged framework for explaining the aims of actors and organizations working toward autonomy and democracy in the food system.

Table of Contents

1. Putting Food Sovereignty in Place

Amy Trauger

Part 1: Discourse

2. Where are the Local Communities? Food Sovereignty Discourses on International Agrobiodiversity Conservation Strategies

Claudio Brenni

3. Farmers, Foodies and First Nations: Getting to Food Sovereignty in Canada?

Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Hannah Wittman

4. Food Sovereignty in the Global North: The Application of a Social Justice Framework for a Common Language and Approach

Alanna Higgins

5. Framing Food Provisioning Research in the UK: Whither Food Sovereignty?

Carol Morris, Susanne Seymour and Adam Spencer

Part 2: Politics

6. Food Security, Food Sovereignty, and the Nation-state: Historicizing Norwegian Farmland Policy

Heidi Vinge

7. Repositioning Food Sovereignty: Between Ecuadorian Nationalist and Cosmopolitan Politics

Alberto Arce, Stephen Sherwood and Myriam Paredes

8. Seed Sovereignty as Civil Disobedience in Northern India?

Amy Trauger

9. Talking Around TT: Food Sovereignty as Unifying Discourse in the Southern Alberta Food System

Trina Filan

Part 3: Practice

10. Framing Multiple Food Sovereignties: Comparing the Nyéléni Declaration and the Local Food and Self-Governance Ordinance in Maine

Hilda E. Kurtz

11. Gender, Food Sovereignty and Agrarian Reforms

Susie Jacobs

12. Food Sovereignty in the Fields: Seed Exchange and Participatory Plant Breeding of Wheat Landraces in Italy

Elisa Da Vià

13. When Global goes Sweet, Locals turn Sour: Wine Sovereignty in Switzerland

Melaine Laesslé

About the Editor

Amy Trauger is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Georgia, Athens, USA.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Food, Society and the Environment

This series includes a wide range of inter-disciplinary approaches to food, society and the environment. It includes textbooks, research monographs and titles aimed at professionals, NGOs and policy-makers. Authors or editors of potential new titles should contact Hannah Ferguson, Editor (

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Natural Resources
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography