Who controls our food?

Small-scale food producers feed 70% of the world’s population, often producing food for local markets and communities using ecological techniques. But this is increasingly under threat by the growing dominance of corporations in the global food system. As global agribusiness grabs more land, pushes privatised seeds and promotes mass usage of expensive farming chemicals, it’s corporations that profit leaving small-farmers struggling to keep control of their land, seeds and their way of life. 

There are two ways to grow food in the world, which would you choose? 

A better food system is possible

Across the world, small-scale food producers are resisting corporate control and instead promoting food sovereignty. This framework emerged from the global south that enables communities to control the way food is produced, traded and consumed for the benefit of people and the environment rather than corporate profits.

Learn more about food sovereignty

UN declaration of rights for small-scale food producers

Small-scale food producers are experiencing escalating levels of violence and oppression Their way of life stands in the way of global agribusiness expansion and they are facing discrimination, persecution, and criminalisation as well as losing their land and their livelihoods.

After 15 years of international campaigning by civil society groups, countries in the global south and social movements such as La Via Campesina, negotiations are taking place at the UN on a declaration of rights for small-scale food producers. If successful, this would be an important step to enshrine their rights and help protect small-farmers across the world from violence and persecution. 

Take action: please call on the UK government to support the UN peasant declaration

Latest posts

The UN needs to start supporting the rights of peasants around the world

17 April 2017

One morning in March, 36 houses belonging to peasant families of Mekar Jaya village in Indonesia’s North Sumatera province were razed to the ground.

Three hot spots of violence to small-scale farmers

20 March 2017

"Incidents of massacre, extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and detention, political persecution and harassment are common". This is the horrific persecution small-scale farmers worldwide are facing, as described by our allies at La Via Campesina (LVC). LVC is a global social movement representing millions of small-scale food producers.

Four months to #StopGlyphosate

23 February 2017

Earlier this month, Corporate Europe Observatory joined a broad pan-European coalition in launching a European Citizens Initiative (ECI) to ban glyphosate and improve the weak EU pesticides approval procedure.

Latest news

The new report, published by Global Justice Now and the New Economics Foundation, argues that coming out of CAP after Brexit presents an opportunity to overhaul the system of subsidies in a way that not only saves the taxpayer £1.1 billion, but also ensures that public money is used for public goods like fighting climate change, restoring the environment, revitalising local economies and creating new jobs in the UK food system.

Responding to Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom's speech at the Oxford Farming Conference on 'Ambition for food and farming industry', NIck Dearden the director of Global Justice Now said:

European parliamentary leaders are attempting to block a move for the controversial new corporate courts system in the EU Canada trade deal (CETA) to be scrutinized by the European Court of Justice.


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Farmers under fire

February 2017

Small farmers feed the majority of the world’s population, yet they are experiencing escalating levels of violence and oppression. Their existence, livelihoods, and communities are threatened by the expansion of global agribusiness, which is grabbing their lands and destroying the environment they rely on for food production.

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From handouts to the super-rich to a hand-up for small-scale farmers

January 2017

In the wake of Brexit our agricultural policy is suddenly up for grabs. Since 1973, the UK farming sector has been shaped by the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its subsidies.