Exploring the “works with nature” pillar of food sovereignty: a review of empirical cases in academic literature

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Food Sovereignty (FS) is growing in popularity in food-nature academic discussions. This systematic review depicts 1) the level of engagement and 2) the topics related to the “Works with Nature” pillar (WwNP) of food sovereignty present in the academic literature. Most articles engaged with this pillar. Common topics included ecological agriculture practices, rejecting intensive-industrial agriculture and exploring how human-nature values and traditional ecological knowledge are affected. An in-depth engagement with ecological conditions (e.g. biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and resilience) was less prominent. We conclude that a broader variety of topics could be explored to support politically engaged research on the systemic nature of food purported by a paradigm born from grassroots movements.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAgroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)332-356
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Bibliographical note

© 2023 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Funding Information:
CBF, SOP, IDR, and JH were funded by The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the Strategy “Research for Sustainability” (FONA; www.fona.d(Oteros-Rozas, 2019)e/en ) as part of its Social-Ecological Research funding priority (No. 01UU1903). Responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the authors. We wish to thank Prof. Joern Fischer for his help in sharpening early ideas of the manuscript. To Dr. Arthur Sanguet for the rich discussions on food-nature encounters. We are particularly grateful to the peoples and agricultural landscapes of the Chiquitanía region of Bolivia, who give meaning to food sovereignty and who inspired this research.

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

    Research areas

  • Agroecology, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem functions, human–nature relationships, systemic approaches, traditional ecological knowledge, values of nature
  • Ecosystems Research
  • Environmental planning