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Title:Food politics: perspectives on food security in Central Africa
Authors:Sneyd, AdamISNI
Legwegoh, Alexander FominISNI
Sneyd, Lauren Q.
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 1469-9397)
Geographic term:Central Africa
Subjects:food security
Communauté Économique et Monétaire de l'Afrique Centrale
Abstract:Food security is political. The identification of food insecurity and the development and implementation of responses to it are enveloped in layers of politics and power. This politics might not be as readily apparent in emergency situations where broad agreement on the need for a response is evident. But in the everyday governance of food it must not be forgotten that food security is a contested concept. This article offers a preliminary elucidation of this politics in the Central African context. To do so it presents findings from an analysis of publicly available information and media reports. This analysis hones in on the perspectives of differently situated stakeholders on food security imperatives in the Central African Economic and Monetary Community. To identify similarities and differences in the levels of emphasis different stakeholders place on different aspects of food security, the authors employ Olivier De Schutter's understanding of the relevant dimensions. Specific terms used in the presentation of food security information are associated with one of the three dimensions of food security advanced by De Schutter: availability, accessibility and adequacy. In light of this analytic approach, the article finds that stakeholders, including businesses, civil society groups, governments and multilateral and bilateral partners, do not necessarily articulate similar viewpoints on food security. There is simply no unified view on what should be done to advance food security in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea or Gabon. That being said, the article does identify intriguing areas of convergence. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]