The commodification of food and agriculture through the World Trade Organisation destroys the livelihood of small-scale food producers all over the world.
As we mark ten years since Lee Kyung Hae's self sacrifice outside the WTO in Cancun, read about the new threat of the WTO Bali package and the resistance of People's movements.
Editorial: WTO Kills Farmers
November 20, 2013
Read the original in the Financial Times.
While hunger is timeless, the concept of food security is less than 40 years old. Its changing definition shows it is a product of its time – but also suggests why that time may soon be up.
Half a dozen countries have adopted policies for “food sovereignty” – an idea spawned by farmers but rapidly attracting attention beyond the fields. To understand why, history helps.
South Korea may be better known for its high-tech exports, but its small farmers are leading the way when it comes to food sovereignty and community agriculture.
By Christine Ahn and Anders Riel Muller, November 8, 2013.
EHNE-Bizkaia--the Basque union of small farmers and ranchers--has been working to advance food sovereignty since La Vía Campesina's foundational congress in 1993. In Euskal Herría (the Basque Country) the struggle for food sovereignty is embedded in a broader struggle for political and cultural autonomy, drawing on a long history of Basque resistance against fascism and state-sponsored repression. A strong model of local cooperative food production thrives in the region, as part of a framework of community empowerment and solidarity economy.
Sustainable Food Systems for Security and Nutrition: The Need for Social Movements
By Eric Holt-Giménez, Ph.D., Food First
The Spanish translation is attached.
Food Sovereignty Prize to Honor Global Peasant Movements Today at Ceremony Featuring Shirley Sherrod, Martha Redbone, Jen Chapin
Grassroots Groups in Haiti, India, Mali, and Basque Country to be Honored for Combating Hunger Through Economic Justice; Sharp Contrast to World Food Prize Honoring of Monsanto and Syngenta
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Tuesday October 15, 2013
CONTACT: Tristan Quinn-Thibodeau, WhyHunger: 207-475-7542
Christopher Cook, Food First: 415-504-0325; communications [at] foodfirst [dot] org
What: The 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize Awards Ceremony
When: Tuesday October 15th, 7-9 pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
All members of the media are invited to a cocktail reception at 5:30 pm