Source: Local Futures
Food sovereignty is a global movement led by small-scale farmers and activists that “puts those who produce, distribute and need wholesome, local food at the heart of food, agricultural, livestock and fisheries systems and policies, rather than the demands of markets and corporations that reduce food to internationally tradeable commodities and components.” Food sovereignty arose in direct opposition to the dominant regime of industrialized corporate agribuisness, which increasingly dominates food and farming around the world. The movement strives to replace that paradigm with people-powered local food systems everywhere.
- Get involved with and support La Via Campesina, the international peasants’ movement – and the largest social movement in the world – comprising 182 local and national organizations in 81 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
- Learn about food sovereignty and how to support it in this primer by European Coordination Via Campesina, this synthesis report by Nyéléni Forum for Food Sovereignty, and the Food for Thought and Action Food Sovereignty Curriculum by Grassroots International.
- Promote food sovereignty from the individual to the political level with Food Sovereignty Action Steps, by Soul Fire Farm and the Northeast Farmers of Color Alliance in the US.
- Make a food sovereignty assessment of your community, with the Food Sovereignty Assessment Tool by First Nations Development Institute.
- Download a template for a municipal food sovereignty ordinance from LocalFoodRules.org. Although the language in the ordinance is specific to the US state of Maine (see below) it can be easily adapted to other locales.
- In 2017 the US state of Maine passed “An Act To Recognize Local Control Regarding Food Systems”, which allowed municipalities to set their own rules governing food produced and sold locally. At least 73 towns in Maine have now passed food sovereignty ordinances. Learn more in The future of Maine’s food sovereignty movement, an article in The Regulatory Review.
- The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa has dozens of case studies from across the continent showing successful initiatives in areas of agroecology, land, pastoralism and seeds that are helping realize the food sovereignty vision.
- In Agroecology, Small Farms and Food Sovereignty, Miguel Altieri explores how small-scale farms and agroecological practices are key to achieving food sovereignty everywhere, with special focus on living examples in the Global South.