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International Political Economy Series

Globalisation and Seed Sovereignty in Sub-Saharan Africa

Authors: O'Grady Walshe, Clare

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  • Studies the relationship between globalisation and seed sovereignty in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Identifies the interests and motivations of the different actors in the seed space 
  • Points to ways in which national and local actors can help to ensure the exercise of seed sovereignty in the future
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"It is my expectation that respect for the critical importance of seed sovereignty will in due course be recognised by member states of the United Nations to be as critical to global peace and security as the UN Charter demands in respect of State sovereign equality, justice, human rights and economic and social wellbeing for all peoples."—Denis J. Halliday, UN Assistant Secretary-General 1994-98 "A constructive contribution to our understanding of what is going wrong and what can go right in the complex area of seed sovereignty."—Dervla Murphy, renowned travel writer and adventurer
"Keeping seed diversity alive is the secret ingredient, not just for the good, nutrient-dense food that every cook, gardener and farmer/producer needs, but for strengthening our resilience in the face of multiple environmental threats. This compelling and timely book helps us to understand what we are up against and how we can overcome it."— Darina Allen, internationally renowned cook, founder of Ballymaloe Cookery school and President of the East Cork Convivium of Slow Food
This book studies the relationship between globalisation and seed sovereignty in Sub-Saharan Africa. It provides comparative case studies of the most recent Kenyan and Ethiopian seed laws, as well as a study of seed sovereignty 'on the ground' in a locality within Ethiopia. Based on extensive fieldwork, it identifies the interests and motivations of transnational seed corporations, global philanthropic organisations, state actors, and local farmers. It finds significant differences in the wording of seed laws and the exercise of seed sovereignty, applying theories of globalisation to help us better understand these varied outcomes. It shows that seed sovereignty has the potential to be shared between local, national, regional, and global authorities, but in different ways in different countries and localities. In the face of what might sometimes appear to be unstoppable global forces, these findings suggest that the exercise of seed sovereignty can be transformed even in a highly globalised world.

About the authors

Dr. Clare O’ Grady Walshe is a Research Fellow in Politics and International Relations at the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University, Ireland. She was formerly Executive Director of Greenpeace in Ireland and a Trustee of Greenpeace International. She has served on the Irish Aid Advisory Committee, The Heritage Council, the Irish Government High Level Task Force on Green Enterprise, and as a voluntary board member of the Irish Seed Savers Association and Children in Crossfire. Her research focusses on domestic seed policy sovereignty and globalisation with particular reference to climate-vulnerable zones of Sub-Saharan Africa and transnational governance of plant genetic resources for food and agricultural in the context of climate change.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 41,64 €
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Hardcover 72,79 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Globalisation and Seed Sovereignty in Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors
Series Title
International Political Economy Series
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-12870-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-12870-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-12869-2
Series ISSN
2662-2483
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 267
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations
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