Farmers Forging Food Sovereignty
Dismantling the industrial agri-foods complex at the local food system level must be accompanied by the construction of alternatives that suit the needs of small-scale producers and low-income consumers, worldwide. Farmers Forging Food Sovereignty focuses on farmer alternatives to corporate control over production and consumption. The strategy is to help farmer movements for food sovereignty and sustainable agriculture to document and share their alternatives among broad sectors of the rural and urban population in order to advance peasant-led food system alternatives. Our active projects in this program area include The Campesino a Campesino Sustainable Marketing Project and the Farmer’s Pollinator Project in Mexico and Central America.
The Campesino a Campesino Sustainable Marketing Project supports sustainable farmers in Mexico and Central America by helping them add value to their sustainably-produced food and find fair markets for their products. This year our project with the Tonantlal cooperative in Puebla supports organic production and direct marketing in Mexico City.
The Farmer’s Pollinator Project works with indigenous and co-op farmers from the Campesino a Campesino movement in Mexico to incorporate knowledge of pollinators into their farmer-to-farmer training modules for sustainable agriculture. Farmer groups from Puebla, Tlaxcala, Guerrero and Oaxaca take turns hosting workshops in which knowledge of pollinators, pollinator habitat restoration and other agroecological aspects of pollinator conservation are taught. Indigenous knowledge and information in Nahuatl, Totonaco and Spanish are documented and shared. This project not only reinforces existing Campesino a Campesino networks, it has provided farmers with the opportunity to explore new areas for sharing, including seeds, products and market information.