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Nov 12, 2009

The People's Food Sovereignty Forum

by Krista Stryker — last modified Nov 12, 2009 03:02 PM

Indigenous people from all over the world gathered at the People's Food Sovereignty Forum, where they discussed the current dire state of world hunger and what to do about it.

People's Food Sovereignty ForumThe People's Food Sovereignty Forum held alongside the FAO Council World Summit on food security, addressed the hunger crisis affecting over one billion people and nearly one sixth of the world's population.


Participants talked about the current state of crisis in the agro-food system worldwide and the need refocus attention on the billion and a half men and women who produce the food we all eat.


The summit discussed the following key challenges:

  • The eradication of hunger from the earth
  • The implementation of a more coherent and effective system of governance of food security at both national and international levels
  • Ensuring that farmers in both developed and developing countries can earn a sufficient income
  • The mobilisation of substantial additional public and private sector investments in agriculture and rural infrastructure and ensuring farmers’ access to modern technologies to boost food production and productivity
  • Reaching agreement on the most effective mechanisms to tackle food crises
  • Ensuring that countries are prepared to adapt to climate change and mitigate negative effects


The People's Food Sovereignty Forum took place on November 13th - 17th in Rome, and about 600 people attended.


further information

To read the latest press release - including final declarations - and to find out more go to the People's Food Sovereignty website.
Listen to coverage of the forum on Real World Radio

Jun 11, 2009

Solidarity messages from the UK to paraguay

by JannekeBruil — last modified Jun 11, 2009 01:55 PM

Local groups of Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland show their solidarity with Sobrevivencia/Friends of the Earth Paraguay in their campaigns against agribusiness and for Food Sovereignty.

Here is a short film showing the action. Spanish starts after 42 seconds!



Jun 04, 2009

Countries demand greater agricultural rights

by Krista Stryker — last modified Jun 04, 2009 11:06 AM

The FAO Seed Treaty would address the issues of the global agricultural system.

The International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty (IPC) met recently to decide the future of the FAO Seed Treaty (ITPGRFA), an agreement seeking to address the issues of the global agricultural system by protecting seed diversity and implementing peasants' rights.  The debate was an important milestone ahead of the scheduled food crisis summit in Rome in November and the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December. 

25 countries, representing peasant, pastoralist, and indigenous organizations took part in the treaty negotiations.  After two days, the representatives demanded the following:

  • In light of the food emergency there must be a suspension of all intellectual property rights and other regulations that prevent farmers from saving and exchanging non-GMO seed.
  • There must be a major financial commitment to save seed in the field, for the conservation of genetic diversity in the field, and to prevent and monitor biopiracy.
  • There must be an end to the monopoly practices of multinational seed companies who are controlling seeds.
  • Governments must involve farmers in decision making every step of the way, and  must implement the treaty’s decision on Farmers’ Rights.

Read the full statement released by Friends of the Earth International, the International Coordination Committee, La Via Campesina and many others here.

Feb 23, 2009

Who benefits from GM crops

by JannekeBruil — last modified Feb 23, 2009 04:40 PM
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Our February 2009 report looks behind the spin and exposes the reasons why GM crops cannot contribute to poverty reduction, global food security or sustainable farming.


'Who benefits from GM crops' warns that biotech crops are benefiting biotech food giants instead of small farmers and the world’s hungry population, which due to the food crisis is projected to increase to 1.2 billion by the year 2025.

The report exposes hard facts about genetically modified  (GM) crops grown today – facts that conflict dramatically with the hype concerning speculative future GM crops that may never materialize.

The findings of the report support a comprehensive United Nations assessment of world agriculture which concluded in 2008 among other things that GM crops have very little potential to alleviate poverty and hunger.


Download the full report
Download the executive summary