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The Future of Agroecology in Canada: Embracing the Politics of Food Sovereignty

Authors: Charles Levkoe*, Lakehead University
Topics: Food Systems, Environment, Indigenous Peoples
Keywords: agroecology, food sovereignty, Indigenous, food systems, governance, sustainability, network
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 10:15 AM / 11:30 AM
Room: Virtual Track 8
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Agroecology and food sovereignty have gained a significant foothold in the Global South; however, in the Global North, there are significant challenges hindering the adoption of these concepts. Drawing on participants’ insights following an Agroecology Field School and Research Summit held in Ontario, Canada in 2018, this paper presents the context for agroecology’s potential expansion in this country. We argue that three key dimensions must be addressed in order for the concept to be advanced: 1) Engagement in food system governance; 2) Building networks of solidarity between academics, activists, and food producers/harvesters; and 3) Realization of Indigenous food sovereignty. This paper's co-authors include Julia M. L. Laforge, Bryan Dale, Faris Ahmed.

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