Book Launch: "The Politics of Food Provisioning in Colombia"

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Location: C103, Hesburgh Center for International Studies

Featuring Felipe Roa-Clavijo, Visiting Research Fellow, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

Discussants:  

  • Josefina Echavarría Alvarez, Director, Peace Accords Matrix; Associate Professor of the Practice
  • Caroline Hughes. Associate Dean for Policy & Practice, Keough School of Global Affairs; Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Chair in Peace Studies, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

In The Politics of Food Provisioning in Colombia: Agrarian Movements and Negotiations with the State (Routledge, 2021), Roa-Clavijo uncovers the conflicts and politics of food provisioning: who produces what and where, and with what socio-economic effects. This analytical lens is used to explain the re-emergence of national agrarian movements, the ways they contest dominant development narratives, and their relevance in discussions about food sovereignty. 

Roa-Clavijo’s analysis incorporates a wide range of voices throughout Colombia from high-level government representatives to leaders from national agrarian movements. Key findings show an underlying conflict within food provisioning based on the struggle of marginalized smallholders to develop alternative agri-food systems that can be included in local and domestic food markets in the context of a state dominated by an export and import approach.

The book argues for a new approach with the potential to reframe the debate about the future of food and agriculture in Colombia and beyond.

Prior to becoming a Visiting Research Fellow, Roa-Clavijo worked as a specialist for the Kroc Institute’s Barometer Initiative in Colombia, monitoring the rural reform chapter of the 2016 Peace Accord, and as researcher and global policy lead at the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative at the University of Oxford.