Food sovereignty: a nirvana concept for Swiss urban agriculture?

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Title
Food sovereignty: a nirvana concept for Swiss urban agriculture?
Title of the book
Urban Food Democracy and Governance in North and South
Author(s)
Mumenthaler Cyril, Salomon Cavin Joëlle, Schweizer Rémi
Publisher
Palgrave MacMillan
ISBN
978-3-030-17187-2
ISSN
2662-2483
Publication state
Published
Issued date
18/11/2019
Editor
Thornton  Alec
Series
International Political Economy Series
Pages
87-100
Language
english
Abstract
Food sovereignty has become one common banner of urban agriculture initiatives. In the Swiss context, it is a standard reference of community-supported agriculture (CSA), community garden initiatives, local food policies, urban farms, or regional labels. What does food sovereignty mean in these initiatives? By whom is it mobilized? How is it concretely converted and how is it appropriate by public policy? Our hypothesis is that food sovereignty is a Nirvana concept (Molle, 2008); a term that is sufficiently vague so that different actors and politicians can refer to it without concrete consequences on their practices, but also a boundary object facilitating linking actors with very divergent opinions. In this chapter, we highlight the dual function of food sovereignty in relation to urban agriculture: between “business as usual” and common ground for the negotiation of local agricultural and food policies.
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urban agriculture, Geneva
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