From Protest to Policy: Getting to Food Sovereignty in the Americas. Talk by Hannah Wittman.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
1:00pm - 2:30pm
All are welcome!
Food sovereignty is a concept, framework, and social movement that aims to fundamentally transform power relations in the food system. Many food sovereignty movements demand that states defend the rights of small-scale farmers, fishers and indigenous peoples through policy reforms, including institutionalizing the right to food and supporting agroecological food systems. Many of these policy mechanisms also fall under the umbrella of food system localization, aiming to reconnect food cultivators and consumers through participatory policy structures, democratically informed regulatory frameworks, and production models adapted to local socio-ecological conditions. This talk will draw on long-term participatory research on policy reforms under the food sovereignty umbrella in Canada, Brazil and Ecuador to assess their potential to foster a transition to food sovereignty.
Hannah Wittman is Academic Director of the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of British Columbia and Associate Professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES). She conducts community-based research related to food sovereignty, agroecology, agrarian reform and health equity in Canada and Latin America.
Sponsored by the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean