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We have compiled a collection of reports, books and websites that provide detailed information about food sovereignty, it’s history and development, and its meaning for millions of people world wide. If you have any suggested additions to this collection please contact us and we’ll update the list.

Reports:

 

Nyelini Europe 2011, Austria

The Nyeleni Europe Forum in Austria acted as a catalyst for opening a space in Europe to define the struggles and strategies necessary in order to create a movement for Food Sovereignty which can challenge the dominant forces of production and consumption present in today’s society.

Based on the principles defined at Nyeleni forum in 2007, the meeting aimed to create vision of food sovereignty for Europe. The Nyeleni European Forum brought together more than 400 women and men together from 34 European countries from the Atlantic to the Urals and Caucasus, from the Arctic to the Mediterranean, as well as international representatives from diverse social movements and civil society organizations from across the world, met from the 16th to the 21st of August 2011 in Krems, Austria to take a step forward in the development of a European movement for Food Sovereignty.

The process for this Forum was initiated by the European Coordination Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth Europe, ATTAC Europe, Vredeseilanden, the IPC for Food Sovereignty, and the International March of Women, as well as national platforms for Food Sovereignty in Hungary, Austria and other countries.

Download the full report here: NYELENI_Declaration_English

Nyelini Forum 2007, Mali

In view of the failure of neo-liberal policies and the deteriorating living conditions of both rural and urban societies, a growing number of political decision makers and social movements are taking an interest in food sovereignty. An group composed of Friends of the Earth International, Via Campesina, the World March of Women, ROPPA, WFF and WFFP organised Nyéléni 2007, the World Forum for Food Sovereignty.
600 delegates from the five continents, representing all sectors of society with an interest in agricultural and food issues, met in Mali in February 2007. This gathering was a great opportunity and a great milestone to reaffirm the right to food sovereignty and to clarify its economic, social, ecological and political implications. It also strived to create an international process with the specific aim of promoting the recognition of the right to food sovereignty.
The organisers made a deliberate decision to hold this meeting in Africa, where agriculture plays a central role, and where numerous rural and urban families suffer from hunger despite the abundance of natural resources. Mali was a natural choice. It is a democratic country where civil society organisations, be they trade unions or other types of association, enjoy freedom of action and expression. Mali is one of the first countries in the world to have made food sovereignty a policy priority.

Read the full report here: Nyelini Forum 2007, Mail

“Securing Future Food: towards ecological food provision”, UK Food Group, 2010

A Briefing Paper prepared for the UK Food Group by Kevan Bundell, based on research and other contributions by Aaron de Grassi and Nicholas Parrott, with further inputs by many members of the UK Food Group and our EC consortium partners.

The report contrasts the UK government’s preferred approach of ‘food security’, based on free markets supplemented by aid, with the positive alternative of food sovereignty, which returns control over the food system to farmers.

War on Want also produced an outline position paper; “Food Sovereignty: Taking Back Control of Our Food Systems

FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: towards democracy in localized food systems by Michael Windfuhr and Jennie Jonsén, FIAN. ITDG Publishing, 2005.

This paper provides a comprehensive history, overview and analysis of the Food Sovereignty Policy Framework with inks to many key statements and documents produced over previous decade from 2005.

The Land Research and Action Network’s briefing paper series is intended to highlight a selection of local perspectives on the root causes of land loss to and highlight some of the ongoing land struggles from around the world.

“Communicating the right to food sovereignty: The voice of the Campesino in the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform” Alana Mann, 2009, University of Sydney, Australia

“The Landless Rural Workers Movement and Democracy in Brazil,” Miguel Carter, 2009,  American University

Books:

 

Towards food sovereignty: reclaiming autonomous food systems.” Michel Pimbert (2009), IIED, London.
‘Towards Food Sovereignty’ is an online book with full color photo illustrations and linked video and audio files. It describes the ecological basis of food and agriculture, the social and environmental costs of modern food systems, and the policy reversals needed to democratize food systems. The photos, video clips and audio recordings show farmers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, fisherfolk, food workers and consumers all working to promote food sovereignty – highlighting the importance of locally controlled and diverse food systems to sustain both people and nature. Download the book here: “Towards Food Sovereignty: Reclaiming Autonomous Food Systems”

“Food Sovereignty, Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community”, edited by Hannah Wittman, Annette Aurelie Desmarais & Nettie Wiebe, Food First Books, Oakland, US 2010

“Introduction to Food Sovereignty. Food and Democracy”, edited by Marcin Gerwin (free e-book)

“Local Food: How to make it happen in your community”, Tazmin Pinkerton & Rob Hopkins

“Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture”, edited by Andrew Kimbrell

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