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Introduction

Over the past two decades, an increasing number of countries have been following a policy of ever-progressing trade liberalization. India has by no means been an exception to this trend. Despite the tremendous impacts of trade liberalization on Indian agriculture in particular and on people's livelihoods in general, the consequent Indian governments do not seem to lose their enthusiasm for free trade.

Editorial

Advancing the paradigm of Food Sovereignty

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the historic International Forum on Food Sovereignty that was held Mali in 2007. The Forum brought together more than 500 peasants, shers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, workers, migrants, women, youth, consumers, researchers and press/media from 80 countries to build a global movement on food sovereignty. The Forum was named Nyéléni, as tribute to and drawing inspiration from a legendary Malian peasant woman.

“Enclosures have appropriately been called a revolution of the rich against the poor.”

Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation. 1944. (p. 35)         

“Our ancestral domain or traditional territory covers not just our ancestral land but all the flora and fauna within it, the wildlife, the air, the minerals under it, the water which flows through it, the spirits within, which is passed on from one generation to another."

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