New Special Issue on Food Security: International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food

I have a new article out this week (co-authored with David Barling) in a Special Issue of  the International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food. The articles can be accessed for free, online:

Duncan and Barling examine the activities of the UN’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS). They indicate that this body’s attempt to incorporate the interests of civil society organizations (that is, both social movements and non-governmental organizations) is consistent with neo-liberal desires to widen participation in global food governance. Yet, the so-called Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) that the CFS has adopted is viewed as an innovative means of bringing new voices to the table and as having the potential to challenge some of the excesses of neo-liberalist thinking that continues to dominate public discourse about food security. Indeed, the overall legitimacy of the future activities of the CFS will, the authors argue, be based upon the extent to which civil society organizations can alter CFS policies in the face of wider, hegemonic views from wealthy countries relating to the necessity for the adoption of agro-industrial solutions to world food production/supply problems. Duncan and Barling claim that the CSM, while something of an experiment, is a ‘politicizing, engaging and connecting’ mechanism that has the potential to strengthen the influence, at the global level, of the very groups most affected by food insecurity.

Food Security: Special Issue (Volume 19, Issue 2 (2012))

Editorial Introduction

The Question of Food Security  
Authors: Geoffrey Lawrence and Philip McMichael 135-142


Renewal through Participation in Global Food Security Governance: Implementing the International Food Security and Nutrition Civil Society Mechanism to the Committee on World Food Security  
Authors: Jessica Duncan and David Barling 143-161
Framing of Agri-food Research Affects the Analysis of Food Security: The Critical Role of the Social Sciences  
Author: Marta G. Rivera-Ferre 162-175
The Food and Human Security Index: Rethinking Food Security and ‘Growth’  
Author: Michael Carolan 176-200
The Rural and Agricultural Roots of the Tunisian Revolution: When Food Security Matters  
Author: Alia Gana 201-213
Is De-agrarianization Inevitable? Subsistence, Food Security and Market Production in the Uplands of Negros Occidental, the Philippines  
Authors: Stewart Lockie, Rebeka Tennent, Carmen Benares and David Carpenter 214-228
Seed Diversity, Farmers’ Rights, and the Politics of Re-peasantization  
Author: Elisa Da Vià 229-242
Capitalist Philanthropy and the New Green Revolution for Food Security  
Author: Behrooz Morvaridi 243-256
Third Natures? Reconstituting Space through Place-making Strategies for Sustainability  
Author: Terry Marsden 257-274
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