933339 Food sovereignty - theory and practice of an alternative food and agriculture system

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Diez Sanjuan, Lucia
Offered in
Sommersemester 2021
Languages of instruction


Food sovereignty has been promoted by the international peasant movement Vía Campesina and other local, national and transnational groups since 1996. Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems without undermining the living possibilities of other peoples and regions. Food is not produced to make profit, but in order to allow a good living for everybody.
The lecture will highlight the many facets of food sovereignty, looking at all its implications from different perspectives. The lecture should give a deep insight into the problems of our current food and agricultural system, discuss prevailing obstacles and challenges, and present possible alternatives and options for future action.

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Understand key concepts of food sovereignty.
Understand food sovereignty from a systems perspective.
Being able to critically assess the own food consumption behavior / behavior as consumer.
Know main actors in the debate about food souvereignty.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.