food sovereignty: a critical dialogue

posted September 9, 2013

Coming right up: Food Sovereignty Conference, September 14–15, 2013 at Yale University.

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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.

  1. Conference Home 
  2. Call for submissions
  3. Registration
  4. Schedule — now available
  5. Conference papers available today
  6. Partners
  7. Instructions for presenters
  8. Useful links and references
  9. Conference Contacts