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Record number 447384
Title Contributing to the Food Sovereignty Debate: Re-Linking Local Production and Consumption
Author(s) Quaye, W.; Ruivenkamp, G.T.P.; Frempong, G.; Jongerden, J.P.
Source International Journal of Sustainable Development 6 (2013)3. - ISSN 0960-1406 - p. 45 - 56.
Department(s) Rural Sociology
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2013
Abstract Agri-based economies especially those in developing countries are becoming increasingly dependent on foreign markets and losing their autonomy in food production and distribution. However, there are possibilities to re-link local production and consumption. That is reconnecting local productive resources and local access to healthy and nutritious food for enhanced food sovereignty. Access to markets (both domestic and international) for smallholder farmers which is one of the principles governing the food sovereignty concept requires that local actors take control over their own production and consumption decisions. Food Sovereignty is the right of peoples to define their own food and agriculture; to protect and regulate domestic agricultural production and trade in order to achieve sustainable development objectives; to determine the extent to which they want to be self-reliant; to restrict the dumping of products in their markets; and to provide local fisheries-based communities the priority in managing the use of and the rights to aquatic resources. Food Sovereignty does not negate trade, but rather it promotes the formulation of trade policies and practices that serve the rights of peoples to food and to safe, healthy and ecologically sustainable production. Historically, the local market served as a tool to facilitate production-consumption linkages in local food networks, but in recent decades the global market has effected a disconnection of such linkages. Global market forces have succeeded in crowding out small-scale farmers from their domestic markets and also made the international market inaccessible through unfair trading policies. This paper contributes to the food sovereignty debate focusing on threats to localized food systems, perspectives for post-modern peasants and the need for reconnection of local food production and consumption systems particularly in developing countries. Main themes discussed include (1) Threats to localized food systems: Trade relations and misconceptions (2) Perspectives for localized food systems: Post-modern peasants and reconnections and (3) Seed as Common Heritage Vs Tradable Commodity: Implications for Food Sovereignty. Highlighting on access to and control over production resources such as seeds or crop varieties by the post-modern peasants, the paper recommends the need to investigate and unravel the power relations that are ‘encoded’ in the development of new varieties and market relations for enhanced food sovereignty. From the Food Sovereignty perspective, seed should be a common heritage, free for all and not a tradable commodity. Peasant farmers seek to have their own seed stock season after season to ensure that they do not lose their premium varieties which they have carefully selected over time to meet their own needs.
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