Redesigning food systems: transformative social innovation in Mexico and Guatemala

We need to reinvent our food systems. The currently dominant model of industrialised agriculture and globalised capitalist markets has failed to solve the problem of hunger, despite producing more than enough food for the needs of the world’s population. Meanwhile, it is harming the environment, creating inequality, and contributing to health problems. This model is unsustainable.

In response, social innovators are experimenting with alternative models of production, distribution and consumption of food, notably through initiatives that combine agroecology with social and solidarity economy. I am doing research in partnership with two such initiatives. My goal is to understand their vision, their potential and their challenges, as well as the implications of their work for wider food systems change.

Emilio Travieso
Research Student