This June in Jakarta, Indonesia, over 400 farmers from 70 countries gathered at the 6th International Conference of La Vía Campesina to celebrate 20 years of struggle for food sovereignty. The representatives of this 200 million-strong international peasant movement hammered out a global call to action to bring an end to hunger, poverty, environmental destruction and social injustice...
2012 was the year that movements for food security, food justice and food sovereignty adjusted course. In the face of continuing food crises, peasants, pastoralists and fisherfolk of the Global South, and family farmers, urban gardeners, food and farm workers and responsible consumers of the Global North are coming together; converging in their diversity. The food movement is building global and community power and Food First is learning and working alongside the men and women who are actively transforming our food systems.
The world’s 1 billion smallholder farmers from low and middle-income countries—not governments or corporations—are the biggest investors in agriculture. Even though most of these producers are poor and invest an average of only $150 per year, they still invest four times more than governments and 50 times more than industry. Their $170 billion per year investments feed over half the world.
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Historic summit of food justice organizations held in Oakland, CA and
UC Berkeley launches first ever Food Labor Research Center.