FOOD SOVEREIGNTY

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In an increasingly globalised and unsustainable food and agriculture model, millions of peasants worldwide are impoverishing, and the global systemic crisis is growing. It is in this context that Vía Campesina creates the concept ‘food sovereignty’.

Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods.

Due to the increasing imposition of financial and market paradigms that serve to interests of capital, Mundubat has strengthened its commitment with peasant movements by supporting their struggle to feed people and build another world.

 

Food sovereignty promotes transparent trade that guarantees fair incomes to all peoples as well as the rights of consumers to control their food and nutrition. It ensures that the rights to use and manage lands, territories, waters, seeds, livestock, and biodiversity are in the hands of those who produce food.

We have four main working areas regarding food sovereignty:

We contribute to increasing and strengthening technical, political, economic and institutional capacities of peasant organisations that work within the frame of food sovereignty.

We develop resources for peasants to defend their lands, territories and common goods in an organised manner, against the aggressions they suffer from the neoliberal model.

We support peasant women in gaining political presence within their organisations, communities and villages, adapting our work to different contexts. In order to do that, we uphold their integration in decision-making and political spaces. We also promote their access to economic resources and we point out their value as the producers and sustainers of communal life.

Furthermore, we support the inclusion and return of youth to rural areas as producers that support agroecological transition. We believe youth should lead the enhancement of peasants, as well as a political project based on food sovereignty.

We motivate agroecology within peasant movements. Our goal is to promote food and agriculture systems that are economically and socially fair, environmentally friendly and culturally appropriate.

We promote techniques based on ancestral knowledge and adapted to each peasant’s specific context and conditions. We also uphold techniques that fight against climate change, using peasant-to-peasant methodology.

We both take part in the creation and promotion of public policies to manage local food and agriculture systems from a food sovereignty perspective.

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