Food Sovereignty: Towards Democracy in Localized Food Systems

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ITDG Pub., 2005 - Social Science - 57 pages
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* A practical analysis of the Food Sovereignty framework--the new proposition--by social movements all over the world, for the governance of food, and agriculture.

* Provides a useful summary of how the framework has developed and the possible policy constraints to its adoption.

The current problems of hunger and malnutrition, as well as rural poverty, have become a priority challenge for international policy, and traditional approaches have failed to address the problems adequately. The latest figures from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization show the number of chronically hungry in developing countries has been increasing at a rate of almost five million per year--from 800 million to 852 million.

The "food sovereignty framework" focuses attention on the international organizations (World Trade Organization, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, etc.) and the causes of hunger and malnutrition. It focuses on national policies that can be oriented towards reducing rural poverty and eliminating hunger and malnutrition.

This ITDG Working Paper describes the development, basic assumptions and underlying analyses of the food sovereignty framework and how it relates to the current problems in rural and agricultural policies, and discusses possible policy constraints to its adoption. It concludes with an encouragement to take the approach seriously and an invitation to join the discussion on the further development of the food sovereignty framework.

This is a book for everyone interested in questions related to how to combat hunger and malnutrition as well as rural poverty--non-governmental and civil society organizations, governmental officials, and decisionmakers at the national and international level.

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Core elements of Food Sovereignty
Comparison of Food Sovereignty with food security and the Right to Food

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About the author (2005)

Jennie Jonsen is a Policy Researcher in the International Secretariat of FIAN-International.

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