This weekend marks April 17. A day to celebrate small scale farmer movements across the world. These movements are all fighting for a model of farming that puts power in their hands, and resisting the fervent expansion of corporations who are increasingly snatching control over larger and larger swathes of land, seeds and soil.
A tax on chemical fertilisers? Subsidies for farms under 5 hectares? Putting food growing on the national curriculum? Start up funds for food cooperatives? A living wage for fast food workers? Land reform?
Tanzania is a country at forefront of the global battle for control over our food. On one side corporations are lining up to seize control over the country’s land, seeds and soil. On the other side passionate small-scale farmers groups are strengthening their networks and deepening pre-existing knowledge in an attempt to keep control of their resources.
Is there a problem with the UK’s food system? When you’re buying the ingredients for dinner, supermarkets and shops do a brilliant job at making you feel like we live in a land of plenty. An infinite bounty of options is at your disposal. And so long as you have the money, you can walk home with a bag full of products shipped from all corners of the world.