The Mabu forest in Mozambique is not only a biodiverse haven, it is vital for the four communities who call it home. With the support of JA! (Friends of the Earth Mozambique), the communities started building seed banks with traditional techniques, so they no longer have to travel far to get expensive seeds. They are pursuing food sovereignty in Mozambique.
Now the communities cultivate shared agroecological plots, breed chickens and make honey, selling their products at local markets. They also share knowledge with other community members and manage their activities in a transparent and participatory way. This mean they were less dependent on food and seeds from outside the community when the COVID crisis hit.
Agroecology for food sovereignty has been a clear response to the systemic crisis deepened by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this series of videos, six Friends of the Earth groups show how agroecological practices have been the fundamental basis to build sustainable solutions with solidarity at the centre.