Democratizing knowledge and ways of knowing for food sovereignty, agroecology, and biocultural diversity

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Abstract

Nothing less than a paradigm revolution will be needed if we are to democratize the systems of knowledge required for achieving food sovereignty, agroecology and biocultural diversity. This implies the construction of technical and policy related knowledge that is actively shaped by food producers and consumers, rather than through top-down research and the hegemony of scientism, the privatization of research and commodification of knowledge. In this concluding chapter, a two-pronged approach to democratizing the production of transdisciplinary knowledge is proposed– backed up by many inspiring examples: (1) strengthening horizontal networks of grassroots self-managed research and innovation; and (2) fundamentally transforming and democratizing public research institutions and universities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFood Sovereignty, Agroecology and Biocultural Diversity
Subtitle of host publicationConstructing and Contesting Knowledge
EditorsMichel Pimbert
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter8
Pages259-321
Number of pages62
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-66639-6
ISBN (Print)9781138955356, 9781138955363
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017

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