Imagining Alternative Agro-Food Systems in Mexico: A Case Study on Food Sovereignty and the Traspatio Oaxaqueño Initiative

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Title: Imagining Alternative Agro-Food Systems in Mexico: A Case Study on Food Sovereignty and the Traspatio Oaxaqueño Initiative
Authors: Martel, Catherine
Date: 2016
Abstract: The transnational network La Vía Campesina (LVC) coined the term ‘food sovereignty’, which has been appropriated by many actors seeking alternatives to the neoliberal food regime. Traspatio Oaxaqueño (TO) is a small initiative seeking to revitalize backyard agriculture and the role of women in local food systems. While TO leaders do not explicitly claim to be pursuing food sovereignty, the initiative promotes some of its key principles: (1) the empowerment of women from economically vulnerable families, by increasing their access to productive resources; (2) the preservation of the right to healthy and culturally appropriate food; and (3) the use of ecologically, socially and economically sustainable methods. Despite the fact that the initiative does not deeply challenge the neoliberal food regime, it contributes to the collective organizing and politicization of marginalized actors, allowing them to gain greater autonomy and to eventually reclaim control over food systems.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/34632
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-5765
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