I was born and raised in the United States and have lived most of my adult life in Sweden. My academic background is in Biology and Environmental Science before turning to the interdisciplinary subject of Sustainability Science. I currently live in Lund with my husband and two children. I also teach yoga at the training facility Gerdahallen and lead the children’s activity ‘volleybompa’ at Lunds Volleyball Club.
Food insecurity is a complex challenge affecting billions of people worldwide, and is particuarly prevalent among smallholder farmers. My PhD research investigated smallholder food insecurity as part of a larger Global Food System, where I used concepts of power and discourse as my lens of analysis. Particularly, the research considers a current discourse of agricultural modernization and how it frames problems and solutions of smallholder food insecurity as technical and managerial in nature. Fieldwork from the Millennium Villages Project in Malawi is used as a case example. I argue for the need to reframe food insecurity to reflect the political and relational nature of the problems and potential solutions surrounding smallholder food insecurity. Currently I am a researcher and co-coordinator of the AgriFoSe2030 project that works to translate knowledge about agriculture and food security into policy and practice. See http://www.slu.se/agrifose for more information.
Sjöström, C. (2015) Food for Naught: The politics of food in agricultural modernization for African smallholder food security. Doctoral thesis, Lund University. Available at http://lup.lub.lu.se/record/5276892
Djurfeldt et al (2011) Afrint database. Available at http://lup.lub.lu.se/record/1890417
Prindiville, C. (2003) An Analysis of Industrialized Agriculture from the Local Perspective: Possibilities and Constraints to Sustainable Farming in Grundy County, Illinois. Master’s thesis, Lund University. Available at http://www.lumes.lu.se/sites/lumes.lu.se/files/prindiville_cheryl.pdf