Food Sovereignty Program highlights in 2008

In 2008, FoEI’s Food Sovereignty Program contributed effectively to the implementation of the agenda agreed by the food sovereignty movement at the Nyeleni Forum, (the first International Forum for Food Sovereignty organized in Selingue, Mali, in February 2007).
The Nyeleni Forum helped to shape a common international agenda, and increase the visibility of the food sovereignty movement. It clearly described how we can realize food sovereignty in our various countries, and the pressures that have to be resisted, because they devastate peasant-based food production and local markets, destroy food sovereignty, and increase people’s dependence on transnational companies and international markets (pdf: Nyéléni 2007 - Forum for Food Sovereignty).

 

Food Sovereignty

The Nyeleni Forum was crucial in helping FoEI to frame its Food Sovereignty Program, continue to build its strategic alliance with La Via Campesina, and act more strongly at both the grassroots and international levels. In 2008, around 30 FoEI member groups from Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, England Wales & N Ireland, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, South Korea, Spain, Swaziland, Uruguay and the USA actively participated in FoEI’s Food Sovereignty Program, and worked in solidarity to advance the food sovereignty agenda globally.

 

The Food Sovereignty Program has been working hard over the past two years to cultivate international activities in line with its agreed framework and in support of local and national work towards food sovereignty. This includes strengthening the fight against GMOs, linking climate to agriculture, rebuilding FoEI’s work on trade and agriculture, developing a new line of work focusing on territories and land rights (and against agribusiness), capturing groups’ local work on building food sovereignty, and promoting international solidarity around those efforts.

 

accomplishments

In 2008, FoEI's Food Sovereignty Program was able to:

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