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Voices and Flavours from the Earth: Visualising Food Sovereignty in the Andes, Chapter 1

Chapter 1. Thinking and acting from the field

A participatory process is a space where multiple voices interact: that is the core of this documentation. The writer created a frame for the Andean farmers at the heart of this process to express their ideas. It is these individuals who have determined the direction and the contents of the words and graphic representations embodying the strong culinary cultures which inspire their actions in defence of food sovereignty.

A global initiative

Since June 2008, farmers from three ecological zones in the
southern Peruvian Andes have been reflecting upon their
food cultures and transforming their ideas into innovative
actions related to food sovereignty as part of a global initiative
supported by the IIED involving rural communities in India, Mali
and Iran. The initiative is embedded in a participatory action
research (PAR) process called ‘Democratising the governance
of food and agricultural systems: Citizens rethinking food
and agricultural research for the public good’. Each partner
was invited to design and construct deliberative and inclusive
processes by which individuals and communities can gain voice
and access to healthy, sufficient and nutritious food, by practising the citizens/producers’ right to define the quality and diversity of agricultural produce in accord with their cultural and economic conditions.

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  • IIED code: G03593
  • Published: Jun 2013 - IIED
  • Area: Bolivia, Peru
  • Theme: Food and agriculture
  • Source pub: Voices and Flavours from the Earth: Visualising Food Sovereignty in the Andes
  • Languages: English, Español

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