Drafting a Law, Dissolving a Proposal: Food Sovereignty And the State in Ecuador

Luz Alexandra Martinez Flores, Guido Ruivenkamp, Joost Jongerden

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Upon being sworn in as the 56th Ecuadorian President on 15 January 2007, Rafael Correa immediately convened, through a referendum, a National Constituent Assembly to draw up a new constitution. One of the concerns of the assembly was to translate into law a food-sovereignty proposal put forward by social movements. In the process of becoming law, the food-sovereignty proposal was much changed. How is it possible that the final version, the law, so far fell short of the food-sovereignty movement’s original proposal? Addressing this question implies a reflection on the role of the state. We argue that (a) instead of strengthening the role of peasants, their participation was reduced to a bureaucratic structure (a ‘council’) that lacked the capacity to define or implement policies, and (b) the issue of the social function of land and land-reform was removed. I therefore conclude that the social movements’ proposal for food sovereignty was stripped of its essentials.
Translated title of the contributionRedacción de una ley, disolución de una propuesta: soberanía alimentaria y el Estado en el Ecuador
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-30
Number of pages30
JournalAgrarian South: Journal Of Political Economy
Issue number7
StatePublished - 23 Oct 2018


  • Ecuador
  • Food
  • Food-sovereignty

CACES Knowledge Areas

  • 413A Social and Cultural Studies


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