How We Work?

Our Food Sovereignty Programme (FSP) work is in line with that of Friends of International which is built around the rejection of neoliberalism in food and agriculture. The FSP supports diverse localised solutions.

Our campaign projects:

  • Peoples right to determine and control their local, national, ecological, just, sovereign food and production systems
  • Peoples right to enough nutritious, healthy, ecologically produced, culturally sound food
  • Food produced through ecological traditional or indigenous / peasant / family agriculture / Artisanal fisheries/ Pastorals
  • Building the bridges between people and their food and between those who produce and consume food
  • Precedence of producers and consumers over trade and corporate interests. Local and national economies are a priority
  • The recognition of peoples’ control over territories and seed, upholding land rights, and the right to water
  • The right to reclaim and defend seed diversity as peoples’ heritage at the service of humanity
  • The right to reproduce, exchange and breed seed varieties
  • Positive land conversion from intensive, large scale agriculture to ecologically compatible and diverse systems
  • Food Sovereignty rejects technologies which threaten, undermine and contaminate local food production and traditional wisdom

It also rejects the free trade system and the power of Transnational corporations

Resistance is built around:

  • The neoliberal model of food and agriculture
  • The corporate control of food systems, which includes all aspects of research, production and

distribution of food

  • Large scale export-orientated monoculture such as soy, palm and aquaculture
  • Trade and agricultural policies that support and develop the neoliberal model
  • Genetically modified food and crops
  • Intellectual property rights and the privatisation of knowledge and nature
  • Destruction and control of diversity including cultural, spiritual and biological
  • Hazardous and unhealthy food
  • Land conversion from natural habitats or small scale, peasant, agriculture to large scale, intensive monocultures and the associated loss of soil fertility and diversity.
  • The destruction of terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems, and the “role” of territories
  • Global wasteful consumption
  • Unnecessary “Food miles” caused by the movement of agricultural commodities and food around the world
  • False solutions, such as the push for the “green revolution”, genetically modified crops, which are promoted by governments, industry and institutions that support the neoliberal model in order to solve the problems that that same model has created.
  • New corporate-led technologies such as nanotechnology, synthetic biology and cloning
  • The drive for agrofuels, which further threaten food sovereignty
  • The imposition of a reductionist paradigm and the colonialization of the mind (the concept of “natural capital”)

 

Key strategic areas of the Food Sovereignty Programme:

Our Main areas of work are:

  • GMOs and other corporate driven technologies
  • Biosafety Laws and Regulations;
  • Seed Laws and Agricultural / Food Policies
  • Seeds
  • Land rights and agribusiness (link with Economic Justice – Resisting Neoliberalism program),
  • Land grabbing
  • Climate and Agriculture.
  • Agrofuels
  • Agribusiness versus agriculture for food sovereignty
  • Trade in agricultural commodities and food AND food miles vs local markets and Fisheries and

marine issues

  • Land and territory rights and integrity
  • Consumption (over and under consumption) and the right to access food
  • Food Aid and Hunger
  • New and Emerging technologies: Extreme Genetic engineering- synthetic biology
  • Promotion of Agro-ecology and Food Sovereignty
  • Building of Food Sovereignty Movement
  • Dismantling agribusiness power and increasing peoples’ sovereignty