Toward a Model of Food Sovereignty in Egypt and Tunisia




Food Sovereignty, Agriculture, Farming, Egypt, Tunisia, Political Economy


First paragraph:

Food sovereignty,” write Habib Ayeb and Ray Bush, “is a framework and set of policy praxis that prioritises the principle and policies to deliver food as a human right rather than as just another com­modity exchanged for cash or kind. People’s sur­vival depends on growing and distrib­uting food, which can only be provided in a sustainable way if it is made part of national and public sovereignty” (2019, p. 150). This insight lands with particular poignancy in the context of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, when urban and rural communities across the globe face issues of food access and agricultural laborers are con­stantly exposed to COVID threats in order to continue supplying consumers with produce (Wozniacka, 2020). Ayeb and Bush’s monograph thus centers around food sovereignty, a concept which advocates for not only access to food, but the ability of producers and consumers to partici­pate in decisions around what is produced and how it is produced and consumed (La Via Campesina, 2003). . . .


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Author Biography

Jennifer R. Shutek, New York University

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Nutrition and Food Studies

Cover of "Food Insecurity and Revolution in the Middle East and North Africa: Agrarian Questions in Egypt and Tunisia"



How to Cite

Shutek, J. (2020). Toward a Model of Food Sovereignty in Egypt and Tunisia. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(4), 343–346.