There are only 2 days left until our PeaceMeal online course starts with National Peace Academy!
As part of our countdown challenge, today, we offer you Sovereignty Saturday: What is food sovereignty?
From the Via Campesina web site:
“Via Campesina launched the idea of “Food Sovereignty” at the World Food Summit in 1996. This idea has now grown into a global people’s movement carried by a large diversity of social sectors such as the urban poor, environmental and consumer groups, women associations, fisher-folks, pastoralists and many others. It is also recognized by several institutions and governments.
Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through sustainable methods and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It develops a model of small scale sustainable production benefiting communities and their environment. It puts the aspirations, needs and livelihoods of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations.
Food sovereignty prioritizes local food production and consumption. It gives a country the right to protect its local producers from cheap imports and to control production. It ensures that the rights to use and manage lands, territories, water, seeds, livestock and biodiversity are in the hands of those who produce food and not of the corporate sector. Therefore the implementation of genuine agrarian reform is one of the top priorities of the farmer’s movement.
Food sovereignty now appears as one of the most powerful response to the current food, poverty and climate crises.”
We will be looking at food sovereignty and other issues during Week 3 on Political, Institutional and Economic Peace and Food.
What are some ways that you can promote food sovereignty? Put your ideas below in the comments!