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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Scaling up seed sovereignty


04 December 2014

At a time when seed corporations are pressuring African governments to pass new laws which will create legally-binding seed monopolies (as in Ghana), it is critical that our campaigning efforts are directed at stopping these ‘Monsanto laws’ as well as supporting the alternatives to them.

Fostering food sovereignty here in the UK


01 December 2014

In my role at WDM, I have been supporting the food sovereignty movement here in the UK. As the food sovereignty movement is an international movement with hundreds of millions of people behind it is important that the UK is a strong part of it.

Ghana’s Monsanto seed law faces set back


27 November 2014

When Ghana’s government embarked on passing a set of new seed policies into law last year, they were probably hoping to do so quietly. After all, they knew that if the Plant Breeders’ Bill came to the attention of the country’s farmers there would be mass opposition.

Z is for Zai pits


14 October 2014

The Zai pit technique originated in Mali but was adopted and modified by farmers in Burkina Faso after a particularly bad drought in 1980 which affected over 1 million people. The technique involves digging a series of pits roughly 20-40cm across by 20cm deep during the dry season. Manure is added to the pit and when the first rains arrive the pits are planted with seeds.

Y is for yield


13 October 2014

People generally understand and like the idea of sustainable agriculture - producing food without expensive and unsustainable inputs like chemical fertilisers and pesticides. But many people argue that sustainable agriculture can’t produce as much food as conventional agriculture, and with our increasing global population, we need to increase food production as much as possible.

X is for Xeriscaping


12 October 2014

Xeriscaping is a form of landscaping and gardening which emphasises water conservation and is therefore ideal for arid environments.

W is for Water-harvesting


11 October 2014

The latest in our A to Z of food sovereignty in Africa: Water-havesting

V is for Varieties


10 October 2014

“Since the 1900s, some 75 percent of plant genetic diversity has been lost as farmers worldwide have left their multiple local varieties and landraces for genetically uniform, high-yielding varieties.” FAO agrobiodiversity document

U is for Uganda


09 October 2014

Uganda has over 180,000 organic farmers, the second highest number of producers in the world after India (340,000). In Africa, where over 900,000 hectares of agricultural land are certified organic, Uganda has the most organic land of all countries with over 212,000 hectares, followed by Tunisia (174,725 hectares) and Ethiopia (99,944 hectares).

T is for Tigray


08 October 2014

The Tigray project is a sustainable development project that started in Tigray, northern Ethiopia in 1996. The focus of the project is community-based land management and rehabilitation to improve crop production and the livelihoods of local farmers.

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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).