Andrés Sarabia is a PhD Candidate of Comparative Gender Studies at the Central European University. Their research interests include critical development studies, feminist political ecology, postdevelopment, postcolonial studies, decolonial option, science and technology studies.
My research takes issue with the interconnection between gender, food, nutrition and agriculture as constitutive of world and local political economies. Development discourse in general is highly dependent on ontological premises that reproduce the belief in human universals, and it has incorporated the promotion and mainstreaming of gender analysis as necessary to reach its vision of a ‘developed’ future. To this end this project investigates food policy as a discursive apparatus that has led to the creation of international institutions and programs that implement this ontology in specific localities. It specifically explores the incorporation of gender perspectives inside global food policy and problematizes it through its materialization in the urban postcolonial institutional landscape of Bogota, Colombia during the past three decades. I focus on the changing inter-institutional arrangements inside the city’s government that develop as a response to the design of city-level policies and their uneasy relation to the biopolitical subjects they are aiming to constitute.