Paper Review: Brilmayer and Moon’s chapter on “Regulating Land Grabs: Third Party States, Social Activism and International Law”

Land grabbing and other actors: an inherent feature of transnational production Author: Giulia Caddeo This blog engages with Brilmayer and Moon’s chapter on “Regulating Land Grabs: Third Party States, Social Activism and International Law” in order to discuss a striking and remarkable fact of the world of today: the transnational grabbing of land for agricultural purposes. The authors deal with this issue in a manner … Continue reading Paper Review: Brilmayer and Moon’s chapter on “Regulating Land Grabs: Third Party States, Social Activism and International Law”

RtF Series: Towards the right to food in Belgium

Author: Manuel Eggen, FIAN Belgium Editor’s note: this is the second of a series of blogs 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. Despite Belgium having ratified … Continue reading RtF Series: Towards the right to food in Belgium

The Right to Food and Nutrition: a transdisciplinary dialogue in law making and public policies

Authors: Jose Luis Vivero-Pol[1] and Tomaso Ferrando[2]   Editor’s note: this entry is the first of a series of blogs 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 The Right to Food and Nutrition: a transdisciplinary dialogue in law making and public policies

VIDEO: Interview with Jose Luis Vivero Pol

00:10 – How and why did you realise that you would dedicate your life to food? 2:48 – Hunger is politics. What is the most pressing issue, both for public authorities and individuals? 7:03 – How do you view your role as a researcher? 9:24 – What do you think about Public-Private Partnerships? Can corporations be drivers of political change? Continue reading VIDEO: Interview with Jose Luis Vivero Pol

Book review: N. Lambek, P. Claeys, et al. (eds.),”Rethinking Global Food Systems, Structural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law”

The following article review will be based on the book Rethinking Global Food Systems, Structural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law. Nowadays, it is more important than ever to understand what is hidden behind our meals. Food is not simply something that allows us to exist. It is inseparably connected to a set of interrelated issues, such as history, culture, traditions, rights, environment, economics, law … Continue reading Book review: N. Lambek, P. Claeys, et al. (eds.),”Rethinking Global Food Systems, Structural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law”

Paper review: N. McKeon,“The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition: a coup for corporate capital?”

Paper review: McKeon, Nora (2014) ‘The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutriction: A Coup for Corporate Capital’. Amsterdam: Transnational Institute (TNI). The objective of Nora McKeon’s article is to analyse the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition’s (‘G8NA’) relationship with corporate actors and interests. More specifically, the author intends to analyse the rhetoric of the project. McKeon chose to study the G8NA … Continue reading Paper review: N. McKeon,“The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition: a coup for corporate capital?”

VIDEO: Interview with Pr. Olivier De Schutter

0:05 – How and why did you become interested in food related issues? 1:08 – The agrifood sector impinges on many aspects of human life and environment. What is, in your opinion, the most pressing issue? 2:32 – During your position as UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, how did you approach the fact that countries often have opposing interests when it comes … Continue reading VIDEO: Interview with Pr. Olivier De Schutter

VIDEO: Pr.dr.ir. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, “The importance of peasant agriculture: a neglected truth” – Public lecture at the IUC

Although hegemonic science obscures both the presence and importance of peasant agriculture in Europe, it composes, nonetheless, an important part of Europe’s agriculture. Ironically, it turns out, in the midst of the current crisis, the most resilient part as well. However, European and national policies mainly continue to bet on entrepreneurial agriculture. In this lecture it is argued that this is as much as betting … Continue reading VIDEO: Pr.dr.ir. Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, “The importance of peasant agriculture: a neglected truth” – Public lecture at the IUC

Food Governance Module – Prof. Olivier De Schutter and Nora McKeon

The course started off by recalling some key features of how food provisioning was governed in a few ‘pre-modern’ and/or non-Western societies and reviewing the history of global food governance through two lenses: first, its institutional process and, second, the food regime analysis, that looks at the evolution of food governance with particular reference to the way world capitalism has organized world agricultures in function … Continue reading Food Governance Module – Prof. Olivier De Schutter and Nora McKeon