Food Sovereignty: A Manifesto for the Future of Our Planet

“Our historic task is to ensure that no human being goes hungry” Food Sovereignty is a philosophy of life. It offers a vision for our collective future, and defines the principles around which we organize our daily living and co-exist with Mother Earth. It is a celebration of life and all the diversity around us….

People Who Produce Most of the World’s Food Continue to Fight against Agribusiness-led UN Food Summit

La Via Campesina Following the counter-mobilizations to oppose the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit in July, which gathered more than 9,000 participants from all over the world, civil society and Indigenous Peoples’ groups continue to mobilize this week against the Summit itself, happening on 23 September in New York. The People’s Autonomous Response to the UN Food Systems Summit (UN…

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…

MST: Anti-Imperialist Day for the Environment

Fernanda Alcântara Photo: Eduardo Moura In a year when deforestation in the Amazon and the release of agrotoxins are the highest in the last ten years, there wasn’t much to celebrate on the Environment Day, last Saturday (June 5th). However, several popular movements and organizations took advantage of the date to denounce the policies of…

Letter to World Leaders on the Occasion of the Leaders’ Summit on Climate

International People’s Assembly It is common knowledge that we are at a decisive moment for human survival and for the biodiversity of our planet. There is a serious environmental and public health crisis, caused by crimes committed continuously by the greed for profit. The research and scientific data are more and more evident, which you…

Literacy and Agroecology Campaign: Solidarity and Hope Among African Peoples

Phillyp Mikell Photo: Brigada Samora Machel The MST Internationalist Brigade Samora Machel, located in Zambia, has been active in Africa since 2008. To bring solidarity to the peoples of the mother continent, the Brigade has worked on three central axes: education, agroecology and women’s organization. More recently, as of November 2020, the literacy efforts of…

Historic Farmers’ Parade Takes Center Stage on India’s Republic Day

Peoples Dispatch Photo: Newsclick On January 26, which is celebrated as India’s Republic Day, tens of thousands of farmers rode into the capital New Delhi. Their demand: the withdrawal of three laws that were pushed through parliament in an undemocratic manner January 26, the day India became a Republic, is traditionally celebrated at Rajpath —…

Colombia: Fensuagro Denounces the Serious Human Rights Violation Against its Organization

La Via Campesina Communiqué The National Federation of Agricultural Unions – FENSUAGRO denounces before the national and international community the serious human rights situation against our organization. Facts: On November 3, 2020, Elsa Nury Martínez Silva, leader and current president of FENSUAGRO, received a pamphlet from the Aguilas Negras – Bloque Capital through WhatsApp. The…