The corporate food regime and food sovereignty in the Pacific Islands

Jagjit Kaur Plahe, Shona Hawkes, Sunil Andrew Ponnamperuma

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Using food regime analysis, this paper explores how neoliberal agricultural policies are affecting food sovereignty in Pacific Island countries (pic s). The principles of food sovereignty are strongly rooted in Pacific Islands agricultural practices. However, under the corporate food regime, the locus of control for food security is shifting away from communities and the nation-state to the world market. It is argued that food sovereignty in the Pacific Islands is being undermined through membership in the World Trade Organization (wto ), wto accession agreements, and regional free-trade agreements. These agreements seek to reduce tariffs, curtail government support to local agriculture, and oblige pic s to extend private property protection to plants and seeds. Driven by commercial interests, trade agreements are also facilitating control of communal lands by the private sector, which has serious implications for food sovereignty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309 - 338
Number of pages30
JournalContemporary Pacific
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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