Food Sovereignty, a European answer to the crisis!

Press Release- 23 August 2011
Krems – Austria – 22nd August 2011

After 5 days of intense, inspired and constructive exchange, the Nyeleni Europe 2011, European Forum for Food Sovereignty, closed yesterday. The Forum adopted the first European Declaration on Food Sovereignty.

Over 400 delegates from European countries committed to strengthening their collective capacity to reclaiming community control over food system, to resisting the agro-industrial system and to expanding and consolidating a strong European movement for Food Sovereignty.

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The first European Forum for Food Sovereignty Will soon be opening!

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Media Invitation to the Forum

Brussels 3 August 2011

Date: 16-21 August 2011
Venue: Krems (Austria)

Dear Journalists

The region of Krems, very well known for its wine production and the proximity to the Danube, is going to host the first ever European forum on Food Sovereignty.

The concept of Food Sovereignty was first launched by Via Campesina in 1996 during the FAO World Food Summit which took place in Rome. Food sovereignty puts agricultural producers and consumers at the centre of the debate, and supports all peoples in their right to produce their own local culturally appropriate food, independent of international market conditions.

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G20 Agriculture: No to “food grabbing” by the richest nations of the world!

Press Release - La Via Campesina

(Jakarta, June 16, 2011) Food and agriculture will be on the menu of the G20 agriculture ministers meeting to be held in Paris on June 22 and 23, in preparation for the G20 conference in Cannes, France, in November. The international farmers’ movement La Via Campesina condemns the ongoing attempts by the governments of the world's richest nations to grab and control food policies that affect not only farmers but every single human being.

The G20 does not have the authority to dictate its policies to the rest of the world. It only includes the 20 richest economies, excluding the poorest. For example, from Africa, one of the continents most affected by hunger, only South Africa is admitted to the club.

The G20 is not only illegitimate, but also incompetent. Since its creation in 1999 it has intended to build a new world economic order, by controlling speculation and tax havens, dismantling “excessively large” banks and taxing financial transactions, amongst other plans. But these attempts have failed because the leaders of G20 nations continue to promote the same neoliberal policies that have created the current food and financial crises.

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ECVC presentation at the European Parliament

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On March 2nd, the political group «European United Left" (GUE), held a hearing on the CAP 2020 in which parliamentary members of the GUE met and discussed with farmers' organizations, NGOs and other sectors of civil society. Javier Sanchez [1] spoke on behalf of the European Coordination Via Campesina. Here are the highlights of his speech on the future of the CAP beyond 2013:

"We must first establish the policy objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy and then define its instruments, because Europe is in a constant state of structural crisis that requires innovative policy responses."

Read more: ECVC presentation at the European Parliament

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