Food Sovereignty, Food Security and the Right to Food

Priscilla Claeys, Annette Aurélie Desmarais, Jasber Singh

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    This chapter discusses the emergence and evolution of food sovereignty as a vision, political project and social movement. We distinguish food sovereignty from food security and the right to food, while demonstrating that the relationship between these concepts is contested and constantly evolving. We also provide a brief overview of scholarly debates on food sovereignty by summarizing several key critiques and challenging questions that academics and activists are grappling with when analyzing its potential, politics and limitations. We argue that food sovereignty is about a whole lot more than food and agriculture. It is nothing less than an emancipatory political project for radical social change.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Critical Agrarian Studies
    EditorsA. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Kristina Dietz, Bettina Engels, Ben McKay
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
    Number of pages12
    ISBN (Electronic)9781788972468
    ISBN (Print)978 1 78897 245
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

    Bibliographical note

    Publisher Copyright:
    © A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Kristina Dietz, Bettina Engels and Ben M. McKay 2021.

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
    • Social Sciences(all)
    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
    • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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