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Is food sovereignty a feminist struggle and practice? Interrogating the gender dimensions of food sovereignty

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group, Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Feminist Geographies Specialty Group
Organizers: Amy Trauger, Annette Desmarais
Chairs: Amy Trauger


Gender equality/equity is a critical element of the theory, discourse and practice of food sovereignty. Yet, there is a considerable research gap on the gendered dimensions of food sovereignty (Agarwal 2014; Masson et al. 2017). This session will interrogate the role of food sovereignty in transforming social relations by analyzing if and how food sovereignty -- as an on-going process of food system transformation (Schiavoni 2017) and feminist practice (Masson et al. 2017) -- helps creates a “deep egalitarianism” (Menser 2008) that confronts unequal power relations, structures and processes, based on sex, race, patriarchy and class. We invite papers that address questions such as: How does food sovereignty address deeply entrenched social relations and structural barriers to women’s equality and gender equity in specific locales? How does women’s agency in those places shape food sovereignty approaches, strategies and actions? How are gendered struggles around food sovereignty more locally, national or internationally constructed, and why does this matter?


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Rachel Bezner Kerr*, Cornell University, Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong, University of Denver, Sekhar Nagothu, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), Blessings Chinsinga, University of Malawi, Chancellor College, Agroecology, feminism and food sovereignty? Uneasy bedfellows or a sweet reunion? 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Annette Desmarais*, University of Manitoba, Examining the feminist dimensions of food sovereignty: Critical insights from La Vía Campesina's politics 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Veronica Limeberry*, American University, Garrett Graddy Lovelace, American University, Femming the Farm? From Targeting Lady Farmers to Women-led Agrarian Justice 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Bradley Wilson*, West Virginia University, Heidi Gum*, West Virginia University, Cynthia S Gorman, West Virginia University, Feminist Food Sovereignty and the Politics of Care: Reframing Healthist, Humanitarian and Developmentalist Logics for Food System Change in West Virginia 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Amy Trauger University of Georgia 15 12:00 AM

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