An increasing number of rural and urban-based movements are realizing some political traction in their demands for democratization of food systems through food sovereignty. Some are pressuring to institutionalize food sovereignty principles and practices through laws, policies, and programs. While the literature on food sovereignty continues to grow in volume and complexity, there are a number of key questions that need to be examined more deeply. These relate specifically to the processes and consequences of seeking to institutionalize food sovereignty: What dimensions of food sovereignty are addressed in public policies and which are left out? What are the tensions, losses and gains for social movements engaging with sub-national and national governments? How can local governments be leveraged to build autonomous spaces against state and corporate power?
The contributors to this book analyze diverse institutional processes related to food sovereignty, ranging from community-supported agriculture to food policy councils, direct democracy initiatives to constitutional amendments, the drafting of new food sovereignty laws to public procurement programmes, as well as Indigenous and youth perspectives, in a variety of contexts including Brazil, Ecuador, Spain, Switzerland, UK, Canada, USA, and Africa. Together, the contributors to this book discuss the political implications of integrating food sovereignty into existing liberal political structures, and analyze the emergence of new political spaces and dynamics in response to interactions between state governance systems and social movements voicing the radical demands of food sovereignty.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: Will the Revolution be Institutionalized?
Amy Trauger, Priscilla Claeys and Annette Aurélie Desmarais
Part I States, Institutions and Food Sovereignt
2 State-Led Grassroots Participation and Ecuador’s Land Law
3 Exporting Zero Hunger: PAA Africa and the Possibilities of Food Sovereignty with South-South Cooperation
Ryan Nehring and Mariana Hoffmann
4 Community-Based Rights to Food Sovereignty: The case of the Local Food and Community Self-Governance Ordinances in Maine, USA
Part II Power and Politics -- Social Movement Challenges to Institutionalizing Food Sovereignty
5 Institutionalizing Relational Sovereignties- Educational and Food Sovereignty within Brazil’s Landless Workers’ Movement
6 The Involvement of Community Supported Agriculture Networks in a Swiss Popular Initiative for Food Sovereignty
7 The Role of Land Rights in Social Transformation: Stories from Boston and Philadelphia
8 Food Sovereignty Struggles in Quebec: Co-optation and Resistance
Part III Determining the Rules of Engagement -- Challenges Within Social Movements
9 Urban Food Policy Alliances as Paths to Food Sovereignty? Insights from Sustainable Food Cities in the UK
10 Understanding food sovereignty in Canada: Settler Colonialism and Indigenous-settler Alliances
11 Autonomy, Coalition-building, and Cultural Survival: Towards Food Sovereignty in the U.S. South
Catarina Passidomo and Irene Van Riper
12 Youth Producing Food for an Alternative Society: Insights from the Basque Country
Joseba Azkarraga Etxagibel and Annette Aurélie Desmarais
Annette Aurelie Desmarais is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty, University of Manitoba, Canada.
Priscilla Claeys is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR), Coventry University, UK.
Amy Trauger is Associate Professor of Geography, University of Georgia, USA.