Annette Aurélie Desmarais, Ph.D.


Associate Professor,
Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty
Department of Sociology
301B Isbister Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 2N2

Telephone: 204) 807 2659

PhD, Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Alberta
MA, Gender and Development, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, England
BA, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C.           


My key areas of research are focused on food sovereignty, agrarian change, international development theory and practice, and rural social movements. I am currently conducting research on the theory, practice and politics of food sovereignty in Canada, Spain and Mexico.


Refereed co-edited and single-authored books 

Wittman, Hannah, Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Nettie Wiebe. 2011. (eds.) Food Sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems. Fernwood Publishing: Halifax.

Wittman, Hannah, Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Nettie Wiebe. 2010. (eds.) Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community. Fernwood Publishing and FoodFirst Books: Halifax and Oakland.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2007. La Vía Campesina: Globalization and the Power of Peasants.  Fernwood Publishing and Pluto Press: Halifax and London. Also published in India by Daanish Books in New Delhi, India.  This book was released in Korean, Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Refereed single and co-authored journal articles

Desmarais Annette Aurélie, Hannah Wittman and Nettie Wiebe. 2011. “Sovereignty now! With global food systems in economic and environmental crisis, people are taking back control,” Alternatives, 37(2).

Luis Hernández Navarro and Annette Aurélie Desmarais. 2009. “Crisis y Soberanía Alimentaria: Vía Campesina y el Tiempo de una Idea.” El Cotidiano, 153, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzlaco, pp. 89-95.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2008 “Peasant Resistance to Neoliberalism: La Vía Campesina and Food Sovereignty.” Human Geography, Vol. 1, Issue 1, pp. 74-80.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2008. “The Power of Peasants: Reflections on the Meanings of the Vía Campesina.”  Journal of Rural Studies, Vol. 24, Issue 2, pp. 138-149.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2005. “ ‘You are mostly promised you will not be alone’: Farm Women Leaders Speak about Resistance and Agrarian Activism.” Canadian Woman Studies/ les cahiers de la femme, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 7-11.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2004. “The Vía Campesina: Women on the Frontiers of Food Sovereignty.” Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme, Vol. 23, No.1, pp. 140-146.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2003 “ ‘The WTO . . . will meet somewhere, sometime. And we will be there!’”  Research paper prepared for Voices: The Rise of Nongovernmental Voices in Multilateral Organizations. North-South Institute: Ottawa.  Available on-line at .

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2002.  “The Vía Campesina: Consolidating an International Peasant and Farm Movement.” Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 91-124.

Single and co-authored refereed chapters and peer-reviewed policy papers

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2012. “Food Sovereignty: A Radical Alternative for Sustainable Food Systems,” in Mustafa Koc, Jennifer Sumner and Tony Winson (eds.) Critical Perspectives in Food Studies, Oxford University Press: Toronto, pp. 359-377.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2011.The International Women’s Commission of La Vía Campesina,” in N.Visvanathan, L. Duggan, L. Nisonoff and N. Wiegersma (eds.) (2011) The Women, Gender and Development Reader, 2nd. Edition, Zed Books: London, pp. 408-413.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie, Carla Roppel and Diane Martz. 2011.  “Transforming Agriculture: Women Farmers Define a Food Sovereignty Policy for Canada,” in H. Wittman, A.A. Desmarais and N. Wiebe (eds) Food Sovereignty in Canada, Fernwood Publishing: Halifax. pp. 59-79.

Wittman, Hannah, Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Nettie Wiebe. 2010 “The Origins of Food Sovereignty,” in H. Wittman, A.A. Desmarais and N. Wiebe (eds.) Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community. Fernwood Publishing and FoodFirst Books: Halifax and Oakland, pp. 1-14.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2010. “La Vía Campesina et la Souveraineté Alimentaire,” Chapter in Pierre Beaudet, Raphaël Canet et Marie-Josée Massicotte (eds.) L’altermondialisme: Forums sociaux, résistances et nouvelle culture politique, Ecosociété, Montréal, pp. 366-384.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2009.  “Globalizing Peasants” in Carmen Diana Deere and Frederick S. Royce (ed.) Rural Social Movements in Latin America: Organizing for Sustainable Livelihoods. University Press of Florida: Gainesville, pp. 32-54. 

Reports and Policy Papers

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2011. Current Agrarian Struggles: A Human Rights Perspective. Report for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, (48 pp.).

Carla Fehr and Annette Aurélie Desmarais. 2010. “Summaries of academic articles on La Vía Campesina,” Prepared as a contribution to the external evaluation of La Vía Campesina entitled “Farmers Defending the Food system” conducted by Patrick Mulvany, (20 pp.).

Roppel, Carla, Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Diane Martz. 2006. “Farm Women and Canadian Agricultural Policy.”  Policy Research, Status of Women Canada: Ottawa, (141 pp.).

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2005.  “United in the Vía Campesina,”  Foodfirst Institute for Food and Development Policy. Oakland, Ca., Backgrounder 11.4,  Online: (2628 words).

Selected Publications in the Popular Media

Wittman, Hannah and Annette Aurélie Desmarais. 2012. “Food Sovereignty in Canada,” Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Monitor, September. Available at

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie and Luis Hernández Navarro. 2009. “Voices from Maputo: La Vía Campesina’s Fifth International Conference,” NACLA,Vol. 42, No.3, May-June, pp. 22-26. 

Luis Hernandez Navarro and Annette Aurélie Desmarais. 2009. “Feeding the World and Cooling the Planet: The Vía Campesina’s Fifth International Conference,” Briarpatch, Vol. 38, No.1, pp. 10-13.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie and Jim Handy. 2008. “Adequate food a simple justice,” Western Producer, May 22.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie y Jim Handy. 2008. “La Vía Campesina y la Crisis Mundial de los Alimentos,” La Jornada, May 8. 

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2008. “Food Sovereignty in the Yukon,” Yukon News. February 27.

Desmarais, Annette Aurélie. 2007. “Keeping People on the Land,” Low External Input and Sustainable Agriculture (LEISA) Magazine, Vol. 23, Number 1, March.