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New TABLE explainer: What is food sovereignty?

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What is food sovereignty

We often hear the term ‘food sovereignty’ used in discussions about food, frequently as a counter to the concept of ‘food security’. But what is it and what are its origins? In what ways is it different from food security? Who are its advocates, and what are the critiques and counter critiques associated with the use of this term?

Read our explainer and check out our Feed podcast episode with Elena Lazos Chavero for an on-the-ground examination of the food sovereignty movement in Mexico.


Table produces Explainers on food systems topics. These include Building Blocks - concise explanations of key concepts - and Chapters - clear overviews of key issues for food systems sustainability.