Food Sovereignty, Food Security and the Right to Food

Priscilla Claeys, Annette Aurélie Desmarais, Jasber Singh

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    This article provides an historical and critical discussion of the emergence and evolution of food sovereignty as a concept, framework, movement, political project, process and vision. We distinguish food sovereignty from other concepts -- such as food security, the right to food, food justice and food democracy – that are often used in discussions of food and agrarian questions, while demonstrating that the relationship between these 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 the potential, politics and limitations of this new vision of rural development, agriculture and food. 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
    ISBN (Print)978 1 78897 245
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


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