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

Michel Pimbert

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

61 Downloads (Pure)


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
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-89405-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-89404-7
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2022

Bibliographical note

Open Access This book is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long
as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this book are included in the book’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the book’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. The use of general descriptive names, registered names, trademarks, service marks, etc. in this publication does not imply, even in the absence of a specific statement, that such names are exempt from the relevant protective laws and regulations and therefore free for general use.


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


Dive into the research topics of 'Reclaiming Diverse Seed Commons Through Food Sovereignty, Agroecology and Economies of Care'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this