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Decolonising Food Security in the UN SDGs: Challenging the Hegemonic Discourse

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Ayman Triki

London School of Economics and Political Science, GB
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Abstract

This article aims to decolonise, meaning to critique the ways in which the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs) Food Security discourse is inculcated with Eurocentric assumptions, arguing that this has the potential to advance the SDGs’ Goal 2: Zero Hunger. Employing the postcolonial methodology Provincialising Europe (PE) exposes how the SDGs’ Food Security discourse is premised upon a problematic misrepresentation of the Global South and a marginalisation of alternative forms of knowledge. Acknowledging this fact allows us to become sensitised to alternative, and potentially more effective approaches, namely Food Sovereignty, which attempts to decolonise Food Security by acting as a corrective to the Eurocentrism imbued within the SDGs’ Food Security discourse. The article concludes that a crucial aspect for how decolonising the SDGs’ Food Security discourse strengthens efforts to address global hunger, is that it engenders the prospect of a post-historicist, egalitarian perspective for the future. PE’s acknowledgement of the indispensability of European thought and the dangers of Food Sovereignty’s essentialism and romanticisation of the traditional, can facilitate and act as a catalyst for a non- hegemonic space. This proposes a future in which the weaknesses of both the Food Security and Food Sovereignty discourses are mediated through each other’s strengths.
How to Cite: Triki, A., 2022. Decolonising Food Security in the UN SDGs: Challenging the Hegemonic Discourse. LSE International Development Review, 2(2).
Published on 20 Apr 2022.
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