Open sessions > S.11 – A European Identity for Food Sovereignty?

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S.11 – A European Identity for Food Sovereignty?

Chair – Pierre-Mathieu Le Bel and Salma Loudiyi, Irstea and vetAgroSup

Abstract: The notion of Food Sovereignty has encountered different fates according to where it has been applied. The Food Sovereignty project is widely known as it has been used in the Global South by Via Campesina, the transnational peasant movement. Indeed, we hear from Food Sovereignty in case studies and reflections that mostly rely on global South realities, from hence food sovereignty movements have emerged. Current research proves that deep changes occurred and that the original idea expanded and changed to encompass the Global North and urban communities (Shattuck, Schiavoni and VanGelder, 2017).

In Europe however, the notion has not circulated as much. A slow movement toward the appropriation and application of Food Sovereignty on European case studies is however emerging in academia (Azkarraga Etxagibel and Desmarais, 2017; Calvario, 2017; Moragues-Faus, 2017), but overall the use of the Food Sovereignty concepts and practices seem limited to civil society and the urban realm. What about rural Food Sovereignty in Europe? What about Food Sovereignty advocated by both civil society and local governments?

This special session aims to explore how Food Sovereignty can best be understood and applied to the European contexts. It is particularly interested in the politics of identities, stakeholders and governance of food systems, as well as the role of local contexts in shaping the “Food Sovereignty project”. As such, proposals could explore:

  • The role of local government as well as states through the outcomes of legislation on the Food Sovereignty projects. How to tackle the considerable challenges constituted by the interactions between civil society and local governments through new spaces of co-operation, deliberation or democratic governance?
  • Identity being closely linked to Food Sovereignty in the Global South, how could an inclusive identity coherent with European challenges be considered?
  • How to contribute to the formation of a scientific community that looks at Food Sovereignty not only as a social movement or a set of ideas, but as a theoretical framework and a scientific approach toolkit.
  • Other subjects, such as comparative experiences between Europe and other continents allowing us to learn from distinct experiences are also welcome.

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