Publications

Voices and flavours of the earth: Visualising food sovereignty in the Andes (Los Sabores y las Voces de la Tierra: Visualizando la Soberanía Alimentaria en los Andes) is a multimedia publication that uses video, audio, images and text to describe how indigenous communities are drawing on their knowledge and cosmovisions to rethink the priorities and governance of food and agricultural research in the Andean Altiplano of Bolivia and Peru.

This multimedia book reports on an initiative in West Africa that seeks to create safe spaces in which food providers and consumers can discuss how to build an agri-food research system that is democratic and accountable to wider society. An explicit aim of the entire process is to strengthen the voices and effectiveness of small-scale producers and other citizens in the governance of agricultural research as well as in setting strategic research priorities and validating knowledge.

Planning and Methodological Workshop: 19th-24th November 2007, Monte Saraz, Portugal.

All regional co-ordinators and team members gathered together for a 6-day planning and methodological workshop. The workshop venue was a renovated 18th century farming estate surrounded by a landscape of olive trees and vineyards in the Alto Alentejo region of Portugal. This report offers a summary of the discussions and agreements reached by workshop participants at Monte Saraz.

In Towards Food Sovereignty. Reclaiming autonomous Food Systems.

The food sovereignty paradigm affirms the fundamental right of peoples’ to define their food and agricultural policies. This implies that food providers and consumers are directly involved in framing policies. However, existing decision-making and policy processes that are based on models of representative democracy are inadequate for transformation towards food sovereignty. A more discursive and direct democracy is now needed for citizens to exercise their right to participate in decision-making.

en Reclamando los sistemas alimentarios autónomos

n esencia, el conocimiento es una forma de poder que estámediado por la forma cómo actores específicos construyenevidencias con propósitos particulares, reflexionando y reforzandodeterminadas concepciones del mundo y compromisos sociales.

in Towards Food Sovereignty. Reclaiming autonomous Food Systems

The multimedia publication is the latest in a series called Towards Food Sovereignty: Reclaiming autonomous food systems, which explores equity and sustainability in the food and agriculture sector through text, photos, animations and video and audio clips.

a report on a workshop held at Terra Preta (PDF 121K): Forum on the Food Crisis, Climate Change, Agrofuels and Food Sovereignty, 1 - 4 June, 2008, Città dell’Altra Economia, Rome, Italy.

Throughout the world, publicly-funded research shapes the choices that are available to farmers, food workers and consumers, and the environments in which they live and work. There is an increasing need to explore ways of democratising the governance of science and technology, ensuring that it continues to serve the public good rather than narrow economic interests.

The IIED-coordinated action research programme "Democratising the Governance of Food Systems - Citizens Rethinking Food and Agricultural Research for the Public Good" uses a decentralised and bottom-up process to enable small-scale farmers and other citizens to (a) decide what type of agricultural research needs to be done to ensure their food sovereignty and (b) plan how to push for change in policies and practice.