Food sovereignty and consumer sovereignty: two antagonistic goals?

Cristian Timmermann, Georges F. Félix, Pablo Tittonell

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The concept of food sovereignty is becoming an element of everyday parlance in development politics and food justice advocacy. Yet to successfully achieve food sovereignty, the demands within this movement have to be compatible with the way people are pursuing consumer sovereignty and vice versa. The aim of this article is to examine the different sets of demands that the two ideals of sovereignty bring about, analyze in how far these different demands can stand in constructive relations with each other, and explain why consumers have to adjust their food choices to seasonal production variability to promote food sovereignty and so secure future autonomy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-298
Number of pages15
JournalAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Issue number3
Early online date5 Sept 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • food justice
  • global justice
  • right to food
  • sustainable agriculture
  • sustainable consumption


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