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Food Sovereignty

Food is a fundamental right to all peoples, in terms of distribution, production and availability of sufficient quantities of safe and healthy food. This serves as a foundation of healthy communities, cultures and environments.  All of this are being undermined by the increasing emphasis on neo-liberal economic policies promoted by leading political and economic powers, such as the United States (US) and the European Union (EU), and realized through global institutions, such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB).  Instead of securing food for the peoples of the world, these institutions have presided over a system that has prioritized export-oriented production, increased global hunger and malnutrition, and alienated millions from productive assets and resources such as land, water, fish, seeds, technology and know-how.  Fundamental change to this global regime is urgently required.

In order to guarantee the independence and food sovereignty of all of the world’s peoples, it is essential that healthy and wholesome food is produced though diversified, community based production and distribution systems.  Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to define their own food and agriculture; to protect and regulate domestic agricultural production and trade in order to achieve sustainable development objectives; to determine the extent to which they want to be self reliant; to restrict the dumping of products in their markets, and; to provide local fisheries-based communities the priority in managing the use of and the rights to aquatic resources.Food sovereignty does not negate trade, but rather, excess locally produced food resulting after fulfilling the needs of local populations may then be exported. Trade policies that allow this must promote practices that serve the rights of peoples to safe, healthy and ecologically sustainable production.


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