Farmers' Rights & Food Sovereignty

Farmers' Rights, endorsed by FAO in 1989, recognizes that farmers and rural communities have contributed greatly -- and continue to contribute -- to the creation, conservation, exchange and enhancement of genetic resources, and that they should be recognized and strengthened in their work. The ETC Group believes that Farmers' Rights must be recognized at the international level, and that its definition should be expanded by the human rights community as part of the Right to Food. Food sovereignty has largely replaced the more limited and less empowering concept of food security. Food sovereignty refers to the rights of peoples, communities and countries to define their own agricultural labour, fishing, food and land policies which are ecologically, socially, economically and culturally appropriate to their unique circumstances. It includes the true right to food and to produce food, which means that all people have the right to safe, nutritious and cultural appropriate food and to food producing resources and the ability to sustain themselves and their societies. (Source: Practical Action www.practicalaction.org)

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Explaining competing claims of 70% vs. 30% and why it matters 31 Jan 2022
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has bumbled into a controversy over whether peasants or agribusiness feed most of the world. 31 Jan 2022
Play out the battle for the future of food 9 Dec 2021
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The wrong kind of Food Systems Summit 23 Jul 2021
An illustration of a cow standing next to a high-tec farm house
In collaboration with Freehand Studio in Nairobi, we’re launching 'Big Brother is Coming to the Farm: the digital takeover of food', an animation about the #BattleForTheFutureOfFood. 12 Apr 2021