Kasarinlan: Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, Vol 26, No 1-2 (2011)

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Food Crisis and Beyond: Locating Food- Sovereign Alternatives in a Post-Neoliberal Context

Efe Can Gürcan

Abstract


The second half of the last decade has been profoundly marked by a major food crisis with a global reach, qualified by Holt-Giménez, Patel and Shattuck (2009) as a “silent tsunami,” which has driven about 75 million people to  undernourishment and another 125 million people to extreme poverty (Bello 2009b). In light of such a devastating phenomenon, the recent years have witnessed a veritable outpouring of scholarly works on the effects of the food crisis on developing countries, on the critique of the neoliberal food regime, and the emergence of food countermovements confronting neoliberalism. In this review article, I address the global food problem in today’s context from the perspective of “food fovereignty,” arguing that it is essential to break with mainstream perspectives that prioritize  the economic aspects of the global food problem and overestimate the role of high politics and policy experts instead of exploring the ways in which genuine grassroots participation could transform the existing neoliberal food system.

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