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The challenges of a food sovereignty perspective: an analysis of the foodways of the Rama indigenous group, Nicaragua

Papworth, Andrew; Maslin, Mark; Randalls, Samuel; (2022) The challenges of a food sovereignty perspective: an analysis of the foodways of the Rama indigenous group, Nicaragua. Food Security 10.1007/s12571-022-01268-x. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Despite its prominence within food security debates, Food Sovereignty is still a developing and contested concept. This article illustrates two of the tensions within the Food Sovereignty literature through an analysis of the foodways of the Rama indigenous group in Nicaragua. Firstly, the results show that there is considerable heterogeneity in how the Rama source their food and that, for most Rama, engagement with the market economy is critical to ensuring their own food security. This presents a further challenge to the idea that Food Sovereignty should only promote a one-size-fits-all “small-scale farming” approach to food security. Secondly, the paper shows there is considerable conflict over resources between the Rama and Pacific Nicaraguans who have encroached on their territory. This finding reinforces the view that Food Sovereignty needs to be further developed to be able to give clear direction in similar instances. This article concludes by arguing that although these tensions need to be resolved in order to boost the utility of Food Sovereignty on the ground, the concept can provide a useful theoretical arena in which to highlight the food security threats that are faced by communities like the Rama.

Type: Article
Title: The challenges of a food sovereignty perspective: an analysis of the foodways of the Rama indigenous group, Nicaragua
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s12571-022-01268-x
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-022-01268-x
Language: English
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Keywords: Food sovereignty, Food security, Indigenous, Fishing, Farming, Nicaragua
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10147366
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