|Title||Do we need to categorize it? Reflections on constituencies and quotas as tools for negotiating difference in the global food sovereignty convergence space|
|Author(s)||Claeys, Priscilla; Duncan, Jessica|
|Source||The Journal of Peasant Studies (2018). - ISSN 0306-6150 - 23 p.|
|Publication type||Refereed Article in a scientific journal|
|Keyword(s)||Alliance building - constituencies - convergence space - food sovereignty - global governance - quotas - representation|
Convergence–as an objective and as a process–designates the coming together of different social actors across strategic, political, ideological, sectoral and geographic divides. In this paper, we analyze the global food sovereignty movement (GFSM) as a convergence space, with a focus on constituencies and quotas as tools to maintain diversity while facilitating convergence. We show how the use of constituencies and quotas has supported two objectives of the GFSM: alliances building and effective direct representation in global policy-making spaces. We conclude by pointing to some convergence challenges the GFSM faces as it expands beyond its agrarian origins.