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

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Kirchler, Fabian Wilhelm , Diez Sanjuan, Lucia
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
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.

Additionally, the students will develop an audio-visual project in which they will reflect and discuss on a topic connected with Food Sovereignty of their choice. These projects may be done individually or in groups, and will shared the last day of the course. A brief final report describing the audio-visual project and reflecting about the suitability of alternative practices for qualitative and transdisciplinary research will be handed in by the end of the course.

Previous knowledge expected


Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

By the end of this course, students will:
-be familiar with the development and proposal of food sovereignty as an alternative food system paradigm
-be able to recognise the multidimensional and multi-scalar character of food sovereignty
-be able to identify the main actors involved in food sovereignty movements
-have gained experience on the application of audio-visual and arts-based practices for qualitative and transdisciplinary research
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.