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"Towards people's sovereignty over food and natural resources"

APN seeks to strengthen the capacity of the Arab peoples to sustain the region's natural resources and gain sovereignty over them , particularly in areas suffering from war and occupation.


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What is Food Sovereignty?

Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. It puts the aspirations and needs of those who produce, distribute and consume food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations. It defends the interests and inclusion of the next generation. It offers a strategy to resist and dismantle the current corporate trade and food regime, and directions for food, farming, pastoral and fisheries systems determined by local producers and users.

Food sovereignty prioritises local and national economies and markets and empowers peasant and family farmer-driven agriculture, artisanal - fishing, pastoralist-led grazing, and food production, distribution and consumption based on environmental, social and economic sustainability. Food sovereignty promotes transparent trade that guarantees just incomes to all peoples as well as the rights of consumers to control their food and nutrition.

It ensures that the rights to use and manage lands, territories, waters, seeds, livestock and biodiversity are in the hands of those of us who produce food. Food sovereignty implies new social relations free of oppression and inequality between men and women, peoples, racial groups, social and economic classes and generations. 

Four Basic Principles Promoted by the International Planning Committee (IPC) for Food Sovereignty

The IPC advances principles, themes and values developed during the NGO-CSO Forum for Food Sovereignty in June 2002. These principles, themes and values pose a new global paradigm for food security based on health, culture, social justice and environmental sustainability. The IPC seeks to promote the four basic principles adopted by the 2002 Forum and to develop relationships which assist the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in responding to the emerging new paradigm and the emerging movements that are breathing life into it.

The four basic principles are:

1. The Right of All People to Food Security and the Right of All People to Food Sovereignty. 
2. The right of local populations to manage and control local resources. 
3. The need to move toward sustainable, agro-ecological methods of food production. 
4. The need to give primacy to food security and food sovereignty principles when considering trade measures.

Food sovereignty requires:

  • Placing priority on food production for domestic and local markets. 
  • Ensuring fair prices for farmers which mean the power to protect internal markets from low-priced, dumped imports. 
  • Recognition and promotion of women’s role in food production and equitable access and control over productive resources. 
  • Community control over productive resources. 
  • Protecting seeds, the basis of food and life itself, for the free exchange and use of farmers. 

Source: http://www.foodsovereignty.org/