advancing foei’s food sovereignty agenda
FoEI also participated at the Mali Forum follow-up meeting in August 2008, and in La Via Campesina’s Fifth International Conference and Third International Assembly of Women in Mozambique, September 2008. In addition, groups in Latin America actively participated in La Via Campesina’s School of Women and its regional meeting in Rosario, Argentina, in September 2008. The outputs from these meetings have fed into the development of FoEI’s Food Sovereignty Program’s political framework and its strategy. Further collaboration with La Via Campesina in Europe and Latin America is being developed across a range of different working areas.
In June 2008, just before FAO’s High Level Conference on World Food Security, organizations in the Nyeleni Forum launched the statement No More “Failures-as-usual”. In two weeks over 600 organizations and movements had signed the statement. This is a clear indication of the importance of the food sovereignty agenda and the need to promote concrete actions and policies to ensure its implementation.
To date, Nyeleni has inspired many crucial events on food sovereignty all over the world. Many local and regional governments are collaborating to apply its principles. Significant initiatives from national governments include those of ALBA and the Petro-Caribe Conference in Latin America; processes to include food sovereignty in the constitutions of Nepal, Bolivia and Ecuador; and the increased priority being given to peasant-based production by the government of Mali.
pdf: Nyéléni 2007 - Forum for Food Sovereignty.