Food sovereignty

Food sovereignty allows communities control over the way food is produced, traded and consumed. It could create a food system that is designed to help people and the environment rather than make profits for multinational corporations.

The food sovereignty movement is a global alliance of farmers, growers, consumers and activists.

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Fighting for seeds and soil: a film


31 May 2016

“The chemical based model of farming drains income because you have to buy seeds and buy fertilisers, to buy insecticide and buy pesticide. Organic farming is a lot more successful [and I don’t have] to buy from the shop.”

How to 'rebrand' Monsanto to expose the toxic truth


05 May 2016

If you look at Monsanto’s website you would think that it is an environmental campaign organisation. It sells itself and its products as safe, sustainable and good for farmers.

Five farmer movements fighting corporate power


14 April 2016

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 food system for the people by the people


05 February 2016

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?

Who's telling the truth about the New Alliance and farmers in African countries?


15 January 2016

You’d think they’d have got the message by now, but alas no. As we enter the fourth year since the launch of the controversial New Alliance project, it continues in the face of scathing criticism and condemnation from civil society.

Tanzanian farmers lead the way


06 January 2016

The message from farmers groups in Tanzania is clear. They don’t want an agricultural system that is dominated by large multinational companies, they don’t want to be dependent on purchasing synthetic fertiliser, pesticides and herbicides, and they certainly don’t want a commercialised seed system that sees them being forced in to purchasing new seeds every season.

Four inspiring people I met in Tanzania


10 December 2015

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.

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The battle for who controls food and how agroecology tackles climate change.

Four things I learned about the UK food system


26 October 2015

I must confess, I thought that I didn’t know very much about the UK food system before this weekend.

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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.

A Peoples Food Policy - a vision for a better food system


26 June 2017

After his failed backstabbing leadership bid, Michael Gove’s sudden return to the frontbench in the recent cabinet reshuffle was a shock to many.

The two faces of farming in Oxford


12 January 2017

Every January two big farming conferences take place at the same time - the Oxford Farming Conference was set up 80 years ago and has come to represent the establishment view of farming. Farming is seen as a business like any other, where priorities are economies of scale, the key drivers are profits and the pre-eminent markets are global.

Building a big inspiring food sovereignty movement


01 November 2016

We're back from the the Nyéléni food sovereignty forum in Romania, where we had the opportunity to meet with other activists, campaigners and producers to build a big inspiring movement across Europe. Here are the main highlights from the forum.

The story behind Monsanto’s malicious monopolies in India


29 September 2016

India’s countryside has been marred with tragedy over the past twenty years with nearly 300,000 farmers committing suicide.  A staggering 60,000 of these tragic deaths have taken place in the state of Maharashtra, located in India’s ‘cotton-belt.’

Seeds of Freedom Tanzania: A film


11 August 2016

We are told that Tanzania has an abundance of available fertile land, but that production is inefficient, based on many small farms, and needs modernisation through private sector investment in large-scale high-input industrial agriculture. Critics maintain that Africa has been lined up for corporate agribusiness market penetration, with a focus on land and water, food and bio-fuels.

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From the roots up - How agroecology can feed Africa

March 2015

Sympathy with organic food production is at an all-time high. Perhaps "It’s a nice idea, when you can afford it" sums up the approach of many people. But extending these principles of production to the whole food system? It just doesn’t seem practical. There are an awful lot of people to feed in the world and, if you’re hungry, you don’t care much about the niceties of how the food was produced.

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Briefing: The Landless Workers Movement

May 2014

Radical and inspiring, Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people since it was formed in the 1980s.
This year the movement marked its thirtieth anniversary with its sixth national congress in Brasília.

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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.

Responding to the news that Monsanto had accepted a takeover offer from Bayer, and would potentially create the world's biggest seed and pesticide company, Aisha Dodwell, a food campaigner from Global Justice Now said:

Food sovereignty activists protest a secret elite meeting being held in London convened by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).