Reclaiming Diverse Seed Commons Through Food Sovereignty, Agroecology and Economies of Care

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    Abstract

    Seed commons—the collective management of seeds and associated knowledge—is a major aim of food sovereignty, that crucial alternative to the dead end of industrialized agriculture. To reclaim the commons, explains Michel Pimbert in this wide-ranging policy analysis, we need to enable community control over growing, trading and consuming food. That will demand mutually supportive transformations in agriculture, economies, rights and political systems towards agroecology, an economics of solidarity, collective notions of property and direct democracy. Drawing on sources such as the Nyéléni Declaration on food sovereignty and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas, Pimbert outlines a radical approach to seed governance outside the capitalist and patriarchal paradigm. The proposals, while scarcely featuring in global and national fora on seed governance, offer a fresh framework for needed change at a time of social exclusion, poverty and deepening environmental crises.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSeeds for Diversity and Inclusion
    Subtitle of host publicationAgroecology and Endogenous Development
    EditorsYoshiaki Nishikawa, Michel Pimbert
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Chapter2
    Pages21-39
    Number of pages18
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-89405-4
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-89404-7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2022

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    Keywords

    • Community control
    • Food sovereignty
    • Agroecological transformation
    • Diverse seed commons

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