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Neoliberalism, Food Security and Food Sovereignty

PLEASE NOTE that this lecture will take place from 14.00-15.00 in R0.14. (Ramphal Building). It will be followed by a single group seminar from 15.00-16.00 in R3.41.


What is neoliberalism? What is biopower (or biopolitics)?

Explain the emergence of the concepts of food security and food sovereignty.

Where is the problem of food security located—at the global level, at the national level, at the level of the household, or with individuals?

Do people have a 'right' to food?

Read AT LEAST ONE of these:

Jarosz, Lucy, ‘Defining World Hunger: Scale and Neoliberal Ideology in International Food Security Policy Discourse, Food, Culture & Society 14:1 (2011).*

Nally, David, ‘The Biopolitics of Food Provisioning’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 36 (2011).

AND read one of these two:

Richardson-Ngwenya, Pamela, and Ben Richardson, ‘Aid for Trade and African agriculture: the bittersweet case of Swazi sugar’, Review of African Political Economy 41:140 (2014).*

Richardson, Ben, 'Still Slaving Over Sugar', openDemocracy: Beyond Global Slavery, February 2015.

Richardson, Ben, 'The Unequal Embodiment of Sugar'

To Learn More:

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations website
Kish, Zenia, ‘Food Sovereignty’, Encyclopedia of Global Justice, ed. Deen Chatterjee (2011), Springer Online.*
Maxwell, Simon, ‘Food Security: A Post-Modern Perspective’, Food Policy 21:2 (1996).*
Midgley, Jane, 'Food (In)Security in the Global 'North' and 'South', The Handbook of Food Research, eds. Anne Murcott, Warren Belasco and Peter Jackson (London, 2013).

Richardson, Ben, Sugar (London, 2015).

Richardson, Ben, Sugar: Refined Power in a Global Regime (London, 2009).*

Rome Declaration on World Food Security, Rome, 13 Nov. 1996.
Schanbacer, William, The Politics of Food: The Global Conflict between Food Security and Food Sovereignty (Santa Barbara, 2010), Introduction.*
Shaw, David John, World Food Security: A History Since 1945 (London, 2007), Introduction.*

Wittman, Hannah, Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Nettie Wiebe, Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community (Oakland, 2010).

*Sign into the Warwick Library catalogue to access the electronic version.