Adapting established instruments to build useful food sovereignty indicators

Rosa Binimelis, Marta Guadalupe Rivera-Ferre, Guillem Tendero, Marc Badal, María Heras, Gonzalo Gamboa, Miquel Ortega Cerdà

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© 2014 The Author(s). Published by Routledge. The recent context of global food emergency and ecological crisis has increased the relevance of people’s struggle for food sovereignty (FSv), which promotes the transformation of the dominant food system and claims ‘the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems’. Revisiting two Spanish and Catalan articles developing FSv indicators, this article aims at discussing the need and utility of developing FSv indicators at different territorial levels. Confronting these two territorial scales, the paper also identifies common steps that can facilitate other future processes of building FSv indicators. As a conclusion, the paper suggests that these processes of building indicators can contribute to providing political direction at different geographical scales for the implementation of the FSv proposal. At the same time, they favor the movement’s self-reflexivity in its practices while supporting the collective shaping of future actions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-339
JournalDevelopment Studies Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


  • Food sovereignty
  • Indicators
  • Multi-scale
  • Participatory methodology


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