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Food justice for whom? To what extent does global food policymaking enhance global food justice?

Jentsch, C. (2021) Food justice for whom? To what extent does global food policymaking enhance global food justice?

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Abstract:Food security became one of the targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals aiming to eradicate hunger and malnutrition by promoting a sustainable transformation of food and agriculture systems to guarantee the global demand on food (UN, n.d.–a). However, prevailing policies embody and intermingle resilience, security, and development while enforcing neocolonial and neoliberal practices, and as such, they are critically analyzed regarding their ability to deliver on the aim to strive for food justice in global policymaking by focusing on food policies between the AU-EU. Hence, the thesis aims to critically analyze ‘To what extent does global food policymaking enhance global food justice?’. By conducting a critical discourse analysis, data in the form of policy documents extracted from the official sites of the AU and EU are analyzed to examine the main research question and sub-questions posed in the theoretical framework. Literature from the Global South is integrated by specifically targeting regional publications. By drawing on Lukes’s three-dimensional approach to power, power dynamics in the discourse around food within food policymaking are examined. Evaluating the power discourse in the AU-EU relations, neoliberal tools fostering neocolonial dependencies are investigated. By marginalizing Global South knowledge and expertise in the AU-EU food policymaking, African countries’ integrity is undermined. Dependency structures that long-term harm African countries by emphasizing EU leadership on African countries’ development enforce neocolonial structures embedded in neoliberal policies. While neocolonial and neoliberal practices are detected in the AU-EU food policymaking, the goal of global food justice cannot be achieved.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
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