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.
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.
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.