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Food sovereignty Small-scale farming via local markets still feeds the majority of the world today. Ecological peasant farming can preserve biodiversity and local cultures, cool the planet, provide healthy food and livelihoods for all. However, peasant farming is under attack from large-scale industrialised food and farming, which causes environmental destruction, land grabs and malnutrition. To counter this FoEI supports food sovereignty – the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound methods. Food sovereignty is about feeding people rather than corporate profit and it defends the interests of future generations.


Food sovereignty goes further than food security – it recognisies that how food is produced, and quality and control over its production is crucial.  First described by the global peasant movement La Via Campesina, the transformative power of food sovereignty has been recognised by several governments, UN representatives, and the scientific community. FoEI supports small-scale peasant farmers resisting the corporate powers that are destroying their livelihoods and bringing hunger and conflict to their communities. We contribute to building food systems based on diverse, localised agro-ecological solutions that people determine and control themselves.

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