Towards an Agrarian Revolution!

Synthesis of Discussions at the International Meeting: “Agrarian Reform and the Defense of Land and Territory in the 21st Century: The Challenge and Future,” held in Bukit Tinggi, West Sumatera, Indonesia, July 10th- 13th, 2012 Prepared by Shalmali Guttal with inputs from Sofia Monsalve, Rebeca Leonard and all participants at the International Meeting. An adapted version was published in the Journal of Peasant Studies 40:4 (2013), … Continue reading Towards an Agrarian Revolution!

Moving Forward: Agrarian Reform as a Part of Food Sovereignty

[Peter Rosset, from Promised Land, 2006] “Food sovereignty implies the implementation of radical processes of comprehensive agrarian reform adapted to the conditions of each country and region, which will provide peasant and indigenous farmers—with equal opportunities for women—with equitable access to productive resources, primarily land, water, and forests, as well as the means of production, financing, training, and capacity building for management and interlocution. Agrarian … Continue reading Moving Forward: Agrarian Reform as a Part of Food Sovereignty

What does food sovereignty look like?

[Raj Patel, Journal of Peasant Studies 36:3, 2009] Hannah Arendt observed that the first right, above all others, is the right to have rights. In many ways, Via Campesina’s call for food sovereignty is precisely about invoking a right to have rights over food. But it’s unclear quite how to cash out these ideas. This Grassroots Voices section examines some of the difficulties involved in parlaying … Continue reading What does food sovereignty look like?

Fixing our Global Food System: Food Sovereignty and Redistributive Land Reform

[Peter Rosset, 2009] The recent world food price crisis highlights what many have thought for a long time: the world’s food and agriculture system is broken. Few winners remain in the aftermath of the severe crisis, in which prices for basic food commodities (corn, wheat, rice, soybeans) increased dramatically in 2007 and 2008, only to fall rapidly in the second half of 2008. Although down … Continue reading Fixing our Global Food System: Food Sovereignty and Redistributive Land Reform

The Real Hunger Games

[Vandana Shiva, 2012] Hunger and malnutrition are man-made. They are hardwired in the design of the industrial, chemical model of agriculture. But just as hunger is created by design, healthy and nutritious food for all can also be designed, through food democracy. We are repeatedly told that we will starve without chemical fertilisers. However, chemical fertilisers, which are essentially poison, undermine food security by destroying … Continue reading The Real Hunger Games