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Relationalities and convergences in food security narratives: towards a place based approach

Sonnino, Roberta ORCID:, Marsden, Terry ORCID: and Moragues Faus, Ana ORCID: 2016. Relationalities and convergences in food security narratives: towards a place based approach. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 41 (4) , pp. 477-489. 10.1111/tran.12137

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This paper addresses emerging calls for an enhanced relationality and convergence across different food security discourses. Based on a critical analysis of different narratives and concepts that have, over time, been deployed to address the food security problem, this paper asks: How, and to what extent, can the different narratives on food security and their different postulates be integrated to create a context that fosters closer connections between food system activities and more empowered relations between its actors? To address this question, the paper focuses on the governance frameworks embedded in different narratives on food security – i.e. the role attributed to different food system actors, their diverse views of rights and responsibility, and the types of interactions that are prioritised to achieve collective goals. The analysis exposes the limitations of conceptual frameworks as diverse as productivism, food sovereignty, livelihood security, the right-to-food, food democracy, food citizenship and community food security, which, we argue, tend to be locked into fixed levels of scale and generalised as well as oppositional assumptions. As the paper concludes, efforts to refine the food security agenda should start with a recognition of place as key and active meso-level mediator – that is, as a progressive canvass for reassembling resources around more effective food production–consumption relations and as a multiscalar theoretical lens that offers the conceptual advantage of building far more complexity and diversity into aggregated food security debates.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
T Technology > TX Home economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: food security; food governance; place; multiscalar perspective; food sovereignty; relational
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0020-2754
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 24 May 2016
Date of Acceptance: 23 May 2016
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2022 15:55

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