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Food security governance: empowering communities, regulating corporations

This new book, written byNora McKeon and published in January 2015 in the Routledge Critical Security Studies Series,  considers food security in the context of evolving global food governance. Applying food system analysis to review how the international community has addressed food issues since World War II, this book explains how actors link up in corporate global food chains and in the local food systems that feed most of the world’s population. It unpacks relevant paradigms – from productivism to food sovereignty – and highlights the significance of adopting a rights-based approach to solving food problems. The book describes how communities around the world are protecting their access to resources and building better ways of producing and accessing food, and discusses the reformed Committee on World Food Security, a uniquely inclusive global policy forum, and how it could be supportive of efforts from the base. The book concludes by identifying terrains on which work is needed to adapt the practice of the democratic public sphere and accountable governance to a global dimension and extend its authority to the world of markets and corporations.

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Sarah Cummings
23 March 2015

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