Do we need to categorize it? Reflections on constituencies and quotas as tools for negotiating difference in the global food sovereignty convergence space.

Priscilla Claeys, Jessica Duncan

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Abstract

Convergence – as an objective and as a process – designates the coming together of different social actors across strategic, political, ideological, sectoral and geographic divides. Despite the importance of the convergence of struggles in the lives and discourses of food sovereignty activists, little has been written about the actual processes, mechanisms and strategies that social actors have developed to facilitate convergence within the global food sovereignty movement (GFSM). Addressing this gap, we explore historical developments of the GFSM as a convergence space, with a focus on the use of constituencies and quotas as tools to maintain diversity while facilitating convergence. Based on a document analysis, interviews and observation, we analyze how the GFSM has evolved as a convergence space from 1996-2017, focusing on benchmark events. We show how the use of constituencies and quotas has further supported two objectives of the GFSM: alliances building and effective direct representation in global policy-making spaces. We conclude by pointing to some convergence challenges the GFSM faces as it expands beyond its agrarian origins.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Peasant Studies
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Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2018

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Keywords

  • alliance building
  • constituencies
  • global governance
  • representation
  • quotas
  • Food sovereignty

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