Coalition building between food sovereignty and urban food justice advocates in pursuit of more just and sustainable food governance

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Rural Geography Specialty Group, Specialty Group Highlighted Session
Poster #:
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Governor's Room, Omni, East
Organizers: Colleen Hammelman, Kristin Reynolds, Charles Levkoe
Chairs: Colleen Hammelman


Critical human geography research increasingly focuses on food systems, examining scalar, sociopolitical, and ecological dynamics of food production and consumption. Notably, this includes emphases on three key areas: 1) food justice, a movement and emergent body of scholarship focused on the underlying sociopolitical structures of food system inequity, 2) food sovereignty, a global movement and research paradigm attending to self-determination in agroecological systems, and 3) policy strategies that support social equity in food systems at multiple scales. While these three key areas have not been invoked by scholars and activists evenly across locations (Clendenning et al, 2015), there are many points of commonality that are ripe for collaboration. This session aims to draw together urban food justice and food sovereignty scholars and activists (and scholar-activists/activist-scholars) to explore how such collaborations are/can productively pursue new governance mechanisms for a more just and sustainable food systems. The session will also connect with key take aways from a Radical Food Geographies workshop immediately prior to this year's AAG meetings.

Panelists will include:

Ricardo Salvador, Director, Food and Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
Beverley Wheeler, DC Hunger Solutions
Xavier Brown, Soilful City
Jahi Chappell, Coventry University


Type Details Minutes
Introduction Ricardo Salvador Union of Concerned Scientists 20
Panelist Beverly Wheeler DC Hunger Solutions 20
Panelist Xavier Brown Soilful City 20
Panelist Michael Jahi Chappell Coventry University 20

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