Fair Food Dialogue


Decolonizing communication on food production and transition thinking.

The Future Food Hub and the Institutions for Open Societies (IOS) Platform 'Fair Transitions: Towards Safe, Inclusive and Climate-Resilient Landscapes' are organizing a symposium on fair food and decolonization in Utrecht. Initiators of the Dialogue are Cristina Arribas Jimenez (International Development Studies), Jerry van Dijk (Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development), Janwillem Liebrand (International Development Studies) and Eggo Müller (Media and Culture Studies). 

About the event

Securing access to safe, nutritious, and sufficient food for the world’s growing population requires re-thinking and de-centering the concept of “food systems” and “food security innovations”, beyond traditional questions of productivity and closing the yield gap, towards questions of sovereignty, inclusiveness and fairness. Postcolonial and decoloniality scholarship offers a radical and original basis for de-centering our communication and thinking on food transitions. Debates on decoloniality implicate the thinking on food in both Europe (Eurocentrism) and formerly colonized countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and how particular assumptions, concepts and ideas continue to be internalized in our education, research and thinking – including at Utrecht University. By organizing an interdisciplinary dialogue in collaboration with Future Food Utrecht and the IOS platform Fair Transitions, we warmly invite colleagues across faculties, departments and research groups to join the discussion and explore new forms of collaboration in relation to fair food transitions.

For more information or to register please send an email to Simone Pekelsma, managing director Future Food Utrecht.

Farmer-led innovation: Irrigated tomatoes being transported and sold at the market in the city, Chimoio, Mozambiqu
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