Are Human Rights an Appropriate Tool for Food Governance?

Author: Carol Choi, FLF M.Res student As a push for countries to adopt the right to food as a human right is well underway, I find myself hesitating at the concept of human rights in international governance.  Jessica Almqvist duly notes the “scope of application” (Almqvist, 30) covered by the notion of human rights as applicable to all people.  It’s in this universality that gives … Continue reading Are Human Rights an Appropriate Tool for Food Governance?

Growing Food in Schools: tapping into children’s transformative power

Author: Lidia Mahillon, FLF Student. This Op-Ed was submitted as fulfilment of the module on Food Governance for the Master of Research in Food, Law and Finance of the IUC. There have been numerous debates in Belgium about the ‘secular ethics’ – morale laïque – and religion courses in elementary and secondary school. As in other European countries, the idea of a “citizenship course” has … Continue reading Growing Food in Schools: tapping into children’s transformative power

The West-African Caravan for land, water and seeds: a bottom up initiative by local communities to reclaim food sovereignty

Author: Lidia Mahillon, FLF Student. This article was submitted as fulfilment of the module on Food Governance for the Master of Research in Food, Law and Finance of the IUC.   As Europeans, we seldom hear of African agriculture in positive terms in mainstream media. Farmers from the sub-Saharan continent are often portrayed as either passive or lacking cohesion in their social movements – which … Continue reading The West-African Caravan for land, water and seeds: a bottom up initiative by local communities to reclaim food sovereignty

Interview with Stefano Liberti on his latest book ‘I Signori del Cibo’ (ITA)

The students of the International Master in Food, Law and Finance dialogue with Stefano Liberti, the author of the book ‘I Signori del Cibo’ where he analyses four food chains and their hidden areas: tomato paste; pork meat; soy-beans and tuna fish. In the interview, he introduces the main elements of the book and also engages with possible solutions. Continue reading Interview with Stefano Liberti on his latest book ‘I Signori del Cibo’ (ITA)

IUC Founder Ugo Mattei receives the Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of The Commons

The International University College of Turin’s Founder, Professor Ugo Mattei, is the Senior Scholar winner of the prestigious 2017 international ELINOR OSTROM AWARD ON COLLECTIVE GOVERNANCE OF THE COMMONS. The Award, created to honor and develop the legacy of Elinor Ostrom, aims to promote the work of practitioners, young and senior scholars involved in the field of the commons. According with Ostrom´ s legacy, the … Continue reading IUC Founder Ugo Mattei receives the Elinor Ostrom Award on Collective Governance of The Commons

Peter Rosset – IUC Lecture: Organization and Social Process in Taking Agroecology to a Territorial Scale (28/04/2017)

Numerous scientific studies and empirical experiences around the world have shown that peasant and family farm-based agroecological approaches are superior to industrial agriculture. Yet the challenge remains of how to bring agroecology to scale, so that it is practised by ever more families, over ever larger territories. This lecture points to the need to prioritize social science approaches and self-study by rural movements, to draw … Continue reading Peter Rosset – IUC Lecture: Organization and Social Process in Taking Agroecology to a Territorial Scale (28/04/2017)

Meeting with Eugenio Sapora, CEO of La Ruche Qui Dit Oui!-L’Alveare Che Dice Si! Italy

Author: Daniela Ueda, FLF student. A network that connects directly farmers and consumers for the sale of seasonal and local produce. That’s the soul of “L’Alveare che dice Sì!”, which aims at promoting a fair and sustainable production and distribution model. Consumers order online from a range of fresh local produce that varies weekly. They collect their produce directly from the farmers and producers once … Continue reading Meeting with Eugenio Sapora, CEO of La Ruche Qui Dit Oui!-L’Alveare Che Dice Si! Italy

RtF Series: Can India’s Food Security Act Withstand Corporate Pressures?

Author: Reetika Khera, Associate Professor in Economics at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. Editor’s note: this is the fifth of a series of blogs entries on the right to food that we are glad to host on our webpage. Tomaso Ferrando (scientific coordinator of the FLF master) and Jose Luis Vivero Pol (faculty member) have been gathering the contributions and we all look forward … Continue reading RtF Series: Can India’s Food Security Act Withstand Corporate Pressures?

RtF Series: The meaning of the Right to Food to hungry people

Author: José María Medina Rey, Prosalus CEO, Spain Editor’s note: this is the fourth of a series of blogs entries on the right to food that we are glad to host on our webpage. Tomaso Ferrando (scientific coordinator of the FLF master) and Jose Luis Vivero Pol (faculty member) have been gathering the contributions and we all look forward to receiving more in the future. … Continue reading RtF Series: The meaning of the Right to Food to hungry people