What We Fight For
- Building support for a growing international food sovereignty movement.
- Empowered family farmers globally who can advocate for their right to food sovereignty
- An alternative to our broken food and farm systems, as envisioned by the Food From Family Farms Act
- The representation of international peasant struggles in the U.S. through La Via Campesina, an international movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers.
- Shining a spotlight on the global food crisis and the U.S. policy reforms that are necessary to stop it.
What Is Food Sovereignty?
Food Sovereignty is the right of communities to choose where and how their food is produced, and what food they consume. This movement seeks to guarantee the basic right of communities to choose where and how their food is produced and what food they consume. Fighting against corporate control of agriculture, farmers are leading the way to change the food system. Decades of inequitable farm and trade policy has devastated the fabric of family farm agriculture and rural communities in the U.S. and around the world. As a result, U.S. Farm Policy has led to the current global food crisis and its reform is essential to rebuilding a sustainable family farm agriculture system and a healthful, safe food supply.
Food for Thought and Action: A Food Sovereignty Curriculum
The curriculum is divided into four modules: one each for consumers, faith and anti-hunger groups, environmentalists and farmers. This collection of education-for-action exercises and factsheets has been developed by Grassroots International and the National Family Farm Coalition to help build the food sovereignty movement in the United States.
For more information and to download the free curriculum, please visit Grassroots International’s site here.
Building Sustainable Futures Platform: Working with other fair trade, international development, and advocacy groups, environmentalists, and faith-based organizations, NFFC helped craft a policy platform on how to build a path towards sovereignty for all farmers around the world.
U.N. General Assembly on the Global Food Crisis and the Right to Food
On April 6, 2009, farmers, community groups, researchers, government officials, and UN agency representatives gathered to discuss the global food crisis, and the UN-endorsed right to food.
Statement by Olivier De Schutter, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Statement by Mr. Henry Saragih, General Coordinator of La Via Campesina