Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Food Sovereignty and the Global South

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_524



Farmers’ organizations all over the world are very well aware that in order to build and retain a critical mass with sufficient bargaining power to democratically influence local governments and international organizations they will have to unite by identifying common goals and setting aside their differences. After decades of local movements and struggles, farmers’ organizations around the globe found in the concept of “food sovereignty” the normative framework they were long searching for. The broadness of the concept has had a remarkable success in embracing the interests of food producers and consumers from all geographic locations and development levels.

Having identified the common concept, farmers’ organizations started to debate the normative implications the idea of food sovereignty brings about. The most...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instituto de Investigaciones FilosóficasUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de MéxicoCiudad de MéxicoMexico
  2. 2.Farming Systems EcologyWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands