Building a European movement for food sovereignty

"Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations." Nyeleni Declaration, February 2007

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FAO reform: power struggle may lead to FAO marginalisation

Press Release

In the intergovernmental discussions on the FAO reform that take place in the run up to the next FAO Conference in November this year, some
governments are pushing to reduce the mandate of FAO and to skip any reference to fundamental human rights. Beside this, according to  inside
sources, major donors are pushing FAO to stop managing projects in developing countries. They propose to divert those funds towards a
separate so called “trust fund” where donors directly decide which country will receive funds and for what purpose.

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Who will benefit from the FAO reform?

Back Ground Document from the International Planning Committee on Food Security (IPC)

The reform of FAO seeks to fundamentally modify the mandate and nature of this United Nations institution. The real question is: who will gain from
this? To have an idea of the conflict which exists between the governments of the member states of FAO over implementation of the contents of the
external evaluation of FAO (see IEE-http://www.fao.org/pbe/pbee/en/219/index.html), we have to start by remembering some of the critical issues that have emerged over the past year.

The current financial crisis, just like the “food crisis”, shows without a doubt that it is necessary to have global governance spaces where measures
to respond to the disasters that result from the impact of a quarter century of structual adjustment policies and liberalisation of markets -
including agricultural markets -  can be elaborated and imposed. This need is also justified - not by sentiments of solidarity - but by the real
danger of urban revolts that have been provoked and can continue to be provoked by the crisis and which threaten dominant powers.

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Release of Via Campesina on Collapse of WTO Negotiation, July 2008

Release of Via Campesina on Collapse of WTO Negotiation, July 2008 

Last collapse of the WTO negotiations avoids deepening of the food crisis and creates space for other policies that protect and support food production.

Rural workers, peasants and family farmers all over the world are welcoming the collapse of negotiations. It is a victory for those who want to protect the livelihoods of 3 billions peasants all over the world and to find solutions to the current food crisis. For La Via Campesina this collapse is a victory in the long struggle against WTO.

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