A better food system is possible
Campaign successes

Who controls our food?

Small-scale food producers feed 70% of the world’s population, producing food for local markets and communities using ecological techniques. But this is under threat by the growing dominance of corporations in the global food system. Global agribusiness is grabbing more land, pushing privatised seeds and promoting mass usage of expensive farming chemicals. As big business profits, small-farmers struggle to keep control of 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 was developed by farmers in the global south and 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

Stand with small-scale farmers

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 losing their land and their livelihoods.

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. 

Campaign successes

Since 2014, Global Justice Now has been campaigning to challenge the role of the UK government in pushing corporate-controlled agriculture through the aid scheme, New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. Find out about our campaign successes so far.

Latest posts

Scotland: Good Food Nation or Fast Food Nation?


The politics of food is maturing in Scotland, with progressive proposals for a 'right to food' and for Scotland to become a 'good food nation'. But the UK government's plans for a post Brexit internal market across the four nations of the UK, plus a trade deal with the US, could threaten these positive moves towards healthy, sustainably produced food. 

Monsanto’s day of reckoning

16 August 2018

It's not every day that a powerful corporation is brought to account. But last week, a former groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson won a landmark victory against corporate giant, Monsanto.

My week with La Via Campesina

27 July 2017

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to spend a few days with one of the world’s largest social movements. La Via Campesina represents 200 million small-scale food producers, agricultural workers and farmers across the world.

Latest news

Campaigners slam President Macri’s ‘draconian summit’ as civil society delegates returned from airport. Call for no deal on ‘new issues’ like e-commerce.

Today sees the launch of A People’s Food Policy – a ground-breaking manifesto outlining a people’s vision of food and farming in England that is supported by over 80 food and farming organisations. The report draws on 18 months of extensive, nation-wide consultations with grassroots organisations, NGOs, trade unions, community projects, small businesses and individuals. It has resulted in a set of policy proposals and a vision for change that is rooted in the lived experiences and needs of people most affected by the failures in the current food system.

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.


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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.