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Improving the food sovereignty in Africa – an Activity Theory approach

Nuutila, Jaakko; Olowe, Victor and Rembialkowska, Ewa (2018) Improving the food sovereignty in Africa – an Activity Theory approach. In: Rahmann, Gerold; Olowe, Victor Idowu; Olabiyi, Timothy Ipoola; Azim, Khalid and Olugbenga, AdeOluwa (Eds.) Ecological and Organic Agriculture Strategies for Viable Continental and National Development in the Context of the African Union's Agenda 2063. Scientific Track Proceedings of the 4th African Organic Conference. November 5-8, 2018. Saly Portudal, Senegal, pp. 13-18.

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This article presents a new approach to the problem of food sovereignty in Africa using an Activity Theory approach. Undernourishment in Africa is big reaching 232.5 million citizens in 2015. Sufficient food sovereignty can’t be reached because of the weak food-producing abilities in Africa. Smallholder sector can’t compete with highly subsidized Northern farmers. Present intensive agriculture is causing environmental pollution and occupational hazards for the workers. Organic agriculture brings benefits - more nutritious diet, job creation and reduced health risk caused by pesticides. Small holder family farmers could double their harvest in a decade if converting to more agro-ecological production like in organic agriculture. There is an urgent need for the governmental interventions impeding selling or renting of land and natural resources to foreign countries and companies. The change of legislation is necessary to increase the private land owning of smallholders. More sustainable trade policy should be introduced to diminish the excessive export of food. Education of the African citizens is necessary to reduce the food wastes and to boost the fairness and sustainability in the food chains including holistic organic system which is actively contributing to all the 17 the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs).

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:food sovereignty, organic food, food system, rural area, urbanization, Activity Theory
Subjects: Food systems > Food security, food quality and human health
Values, standards and certification > Assessment of impacts and risks
Food systems > Markets and trade
Food systems > Produce chain management
Research affiliation: Finland
International Conferences > 2018: 4th African Organic Conference
Finland > Luke Natural Resources Institute
Related Links:http://www.afronet.bio/
Deposited By: Nuutila, Dr. Jaakko
ID Code:33063
Deposited On:23 Sep 2019 12:27
Last Modified:23 Sep 2019 12:27
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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