Food sovereignty or the human right to adequate food: which concept serves better as international development policy for global hunger and poverty reduction?

  title={Food sovereignty or the human right to adequate food: which concept serves better as international development policy for global hunger and poverty reduction?},
  author={Tina D{\'e}sir{\'e}e Beuchelt and Detlef Virchow},
  journal={Agriculture and Human Values},
The emerging concept of food sovereignty refers to the right of communities, peoples, and states to independently determine their own food and agricultural policies. It raises the question of which type of food production, agriculture and rural development should be pursued to guarantee food security for the world population. Social movements and non-governmental organizations have readily integrated the concept into their terminology. The concept is also beginning to find its way into the… Expand

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