New Book: Food Sovereignty, Agroecology and Biocultural Diversity

michelsbookA new book titled Food Sovereignty, Agroecology and Biocultural Diversity: Constructing and Contesting Knowledge, edited by Michel. P. Pimbert, Director at the Center for Agroecology, Water and Resilience in the U.K and and recently nominated as member of the High Level Panel of Experts of the Committee on World Food Security of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The volume includes a variety of chapters that are also highly relevant to agrobiodiversity researchers that work with communities for participatory research (including for instance chapter 4 – On non-equilibrium and nomadism: knowledge, diversity and global modernity in drylands by Sian Sullivan and Katherine Homewood, chapter 6 – Plants that speak and institutions that don’t listen: notes on the protection of traditional knowledge by Nina Möller and chapter 8 - Democratizing knowledge and ways of knowing for food sovereignty, agroecology, and biocultural diversity by Michel P. Pimbert). The volume critically examines the kinds of knowledge and ways of knowing needed for food sovereignty, agroecology and biocultural diversity.
‘Food sovereignty’ is understood here as a transformative process that seeks to recreate the democratic realm and regenerate a diversity of autonomous food systems based on agroecology, biocultural diversity, equity, social justice and ecological sustainability. It is shown that alternatives to the current model of development require radically different knowledges and epistemologies from those on offer today in mainstream institutions (including universities, policy think tanks and donor organizations). To achieve food sovereignty, agroecology and biocultural diversity, there is a need to re-imagine and construct knowledge for diversity, decentralisation, dynamic adaptation and democracy. For more information about the book, read here.