Food sovereignty and solidarity initiatives in rural Ukraine during the war
CBEES Advanced Seminar with Natalia Mamonova, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Rural and Regional Research (RURALIS). Trondheim, Norway
Speaker: Natalia Mamonova, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Rural and Regional Research (RURALIS). Trondheim, Norway
Discussant: Ildikó Asztalos Morell, Associate Professor in Rural Development, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala
Abstract: This seminar examines coping strategies and solidarity initiatives in rural Ukraine during the full-scale war with Russia. Based on primary qualitative data conducted remotely, it explores the ability of different food producers to farm in military conditions, their mutual help and reciprocity. The article also discusses farmers’ mundane patriotism, the influx of internally displaced persons to the countryside, charitable initiatives of agribusiness, and local conflicts and tensions. It argues that the networks and collective action that emerged during the war accelerated the development of a vibrant rural civil society needed to promote peasant rights and endorse food sovereignty in Ukraine.
Keywords: Food sovereignty; small farms; solidarity; Ukraine; war