South Africa: Community at the Heart of Hunger Struggle

Anna Majavu 9 June 2020: Sbongile Tabhethe works in the food garden in eKhenana shack settlement in Cato Manor, Durban. (Photograph by Mlungisi Mbele) Communal gardens and farming enterprises are the beginning of sustainable food sovereignty in South Africa, but a basic income grant is essential to address hunger in the shorter term. In a…

How Did Nicaragua Reduce Hunger and Malnutrition?

Despite crippling, unilateral sanctions and globally rising food prices, hunger levels in Nicaragua have been falling. The Sandinista government has been able to ensure people’s food needs are met through its focus on building food sovereignty and security. How has this been achieved? Erika Takeo from Nicaragua’s Association of Rural Workers (ATC) and Rohan Rice,…

Unreading Colonial Food Systems

Maya Burke Like many people who went through U.S. public school systems, I am intimately familiar with institutional food; canned vegetables, square cut pizza, frozen & highly processed mystery meats, syrupy fruit cups, all of that. Institutional food is low-cost, low in nutritional value, and arguably pretty gross. I remember asking our school superintendent why…

La Via Campesina: Food Sovereignty – 25 Years in the Making

Jaime AmorimThe concept of food sovereignty, in its 25 years of construction, raises the debate of not only bringing food to people, but it emphasizes the process of production of that food. Photo: Felipe Betim Jaime Amorim of La Via Campesina discusses the importance of food sovereignty as the pandemic induced global economic crisis has…

Hunger and Food Production in Nicaragua: How Do We Feed the People?

Rohan Rice The ATC which represents tens of thousands of farm workers helps run trainings on agroecological food production to help ensure healthy food access for all. Photo: ATC As hunger and food insecurity increases globally, the Sandinista government in Nicaragua has been working for the last decade to strengthen local food production and ensure…

The Union of Land Workers is Creating a New Food Paradigm in Argentina

Juan José Relmucao Members of the Land Workers Union (UTT) harvesting beets in Argentina. (Courtesy of UTT) The Union is connecting people in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Area with fresh, organically-grown fruits and vegetables. When Josué Trujillo left Tarija, Bolivia, and came to Argentina, the tropical land that he saw through the bus window haunted…

Bolivia’s Fight for Food Sovereignty

Kawsachun News Jhonny Marcos Huanca, Director of the Decentralized Public Institute for Food Sovereignty, in an interview with Kawsachun News in La Paz. April 13, 2021. Photo: Kawsachun News Food security and food sovereignty are perhaps the most important issues facing Latin America and its campesino farmers. Being able to produce what one consumes is…

Agro-Ecology Project Links Peasant Production to Urban Communes in Venezuela

Michele de Mello With weekly food distributions and through societal mobilization, the Pueblo a Pueblo project brings food and solidarity from the countryside to the city – Michele de Mello / Brasil de Fato In five years, 1,500 tons of food was distributed to more than 300,000 families throughout the country “Only the people can…

Agroecology Means Popular Resistance at MST’s Marielle Vive Camp

Daniel Lamir Footage of the Marielle Vive camp, highlighting its mandala garden – Julio Matos There are about 700 families in transition threatened by real estate speculation For more than two years, around 700 families from the Landless Rural Workers Movement(MST) have been transforming the idle setting of the old Eldorado Ranch, in the Valinhos…