Food Sovereignty ‘From Above’?

Країна: Англія;

Дедлайн: 12.07.2015



Food sovereignty activists such as the global social movement La Vía Campesina have long sought to shape the direction of food and agricultural global governance. Recently these efforts have involved extended participation in policy arenas such as the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS). This PhD project will examine the ‘meaning’ of such participation, by conducting a country-level (Nepal) case study on the impacts of a recent CFS output: the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests. This study aims to understand the roles and impacts of a global governance instrument on the ground (state and civil society). This project will be conducted collaboratively with International food rights NGO FIAN International, with input from their Nepal country office, and other food sovereignty activists in the country. It will seek to answer such questions as:

• To what extent and in what ways have the Guidelines articulated with national level policy-making in land/fisheries/forestry tenure in Nepal?
• To what extent and in what ways have Nepalese civil society utilized the Guidelines in their local struggles?
• What factors have promoted or inhibited engagement by civil society and state actors with the Guidelines?

The Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience (CAWR) is driving innovative, transdisciplinary research on the understanding and development of resilient food and water systems internationally. The Centre’s research develops and integrates new knowledge in social, agroecological, hydrological and environmental processes, as well as the pivotal role that communities play in developing resilience. Unique to this Centre is the incorporation of citizen-generated knowledge - the participation of farmers, water users and other citizens in transdisciplinary research, using holistic approaches which cross many disciplinary boundaries. CAWR also aims to advance resilience science through creative work on the governance of food systems, hydrological change, urban water, river processes, water quality and emerging pollutants.