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Case Studies

Case Study 1 - Wir haben es satt! (We are fed up!) looks at the campaign Meine Landwirtschaft (My Agriculture) in Germany, a broad coalition of more than 50 NGOs and social movements that has been organizing an annual protest march called Wir haben es satt! since 2011. It has mobilized people from across the country to Berlin to demand agrarian and food change.

Case Study 2 - Marcha das Margaridas (Daisies’ March) is a coalition of women’s movements for an alternative model of rural development, social policies and women’s rights that incorporates demands such as food sovereignty and agroecology. It is organized by rural trade unions in partnership with agrarian and feminist movements and has taken place six times since the year 2000, bringing women from across Brazil to the national capital.

Case Study 3 - Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) maps community supported agriculture (CSA) in Germany, which are known as Solidarische Landwirtschaft, as well as other initiatives that establish alternative forms of relations between production and consumption.

Case Study 4 - Articulação National de Agroecologia (ANA or National Agroecological Articulation) addresses a network of experiences in agroecology in Brazil, comprising rural social movements, urban agriculture, self-organized neighborhoods in poor suburbs, household gardens, and feminist movements.

Case Study 5 - Local food system in the city of Belo Horizonte focuses on policy innovations at the local level, the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Since the implementation of an integrated approach to food security in the 1990s, the city has been identified as a model case for promoting the human right to food and has been show-cased at FAO publications.

Due to the emergence of the health crisis and its correlated social and economic challenges, the research question “how has the Covid-19 pandemic contributed to increased visualization, exacerbation or reduction of food inequalities?” was included in the project. A series of case studies under the umbrella Case Studies on Covid-19 Pandemics and Food Inequalities will be included to address the question. Whereas in Brazil, there is evidence of food insecurity on the rise, especially for poorer households, led by women or black persons, the vulnerabilities seem to be different in Germany, such as the situation of migrant workers in the food industry and farmers’ workers. In both countries, the impacts of the pandemics in food inequalities will be analyzed. In doing so, we will explore how food movements and alternative food networks have adapted to the pandemics and disputed the openings for reform and transformation in food politics.


  • Agroecological food networks
  • Animal and protein farming
  • Gender, environment and nutrition
  • Pesticides