ABSTRACT

This chapter explores how Mori women and local communities in Aotearoa or New Zealand are actively taking control of their food systems through community gardens and farms. The research contextualizes local food struggles within the framework of food sovereignty. This research is part of a counter-narrative that, as McMichael states, underscores the importance of regenerative local farming practices as solutions to the combined crises facing the planet. Through these case studies understands the many manifestations of food sovereignty in practice. As food producers, these women are practicing food sovereignty by exercising their rights to control their food system; sustainability; building a food-based community; and expressing culture and tradition. Through these examples inspiration in community-based agriculture that is both ecologically sustainable and socially just. The industrial food system is based on the commodification of food and corporate control of food production and distribution, has failed to combat world hunger and malnutrition.