What is the Food Sovereignty Programme?
The Food Sovereignty Program aims to influence national, regional and international policies relevant to agriculture, environmental protection, natural resource management, and food security. The program functions via policy analysis, organizing multi-stakeholder and civil society consultations, promoting priorities on platforms, negotiations on behalf of civil society organizations, memberships in technical task teams, undertaking research, fact-finding missions and campaigns.
What is meant by Food Sovereignty?
Food sovereignty is the right of peoples, communities, and nations to define their own food systems, appropriate to their unique environmental, cultural, socio-economic and political circumstances. This framework advances the right of every person to have access to healthy and nutritious food and its sources of production. Food sovereignty 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.
Food Sovereignty Pillars:
Community control over resources of production including water, seeds, and land.
Community engagement in the development of agricultural policies.
Prioritization of food produced for local and domestic markets and protection of internal markets from low-priced, "dumped" imports.
Production and distribution systems which sustain natural resources.
Dignified work and lives for small-scale food providers.