Farmers' Rights & Food Sovereignty

Farmers' Rights, endorsed by FAO in 1989, recognizes that farmers and rural communities have contributed greatly -- and continue to contribute -- to the creation, conservation, exchange and enhancement of genetic resources, and that they should be recognized and strengthened in their work. The ETC Group believes that Farmers' Rights must be recognized at the international level, and that its definition should be expanded by the human rights community as part of the Right to Food. Food sovereignty has largely replaced the more limited and less empowering concept of food security. Food sovereignty refers to the rights of peoples, communities and countries to define their own agricultural labour, fishing, food and land policies which are ecologically, socially, economically and culturally appropriate to their unique circumstances. It includes the true right to food and to produce food, which means that all people have the right to safe, nutritious and cultural appropriate food and to food producing resources and the ability to sustain themselves and their societies. (Source: Practical Action www.practicalaction.org)

News and Reports about Farmers' Rights & Food Sovereignty

Peasant-led Agroecology and Food Sovereignty Feeds the World 18 Feb 2019
Landmark Convention on Biological Diversity decision calls on governments to conduct strict risk assessments and seek indigenous and local peoples’ consent ahead of potential release of ‘exterminator’ technology. 29 Nov 2018
20 years after suicide seeds, civil society mobilizes in Egypt this week to stop the sequel – Gene Drive Organisms 15 Nov 2018
How Gene Drive Organisms Could Entrench Industrial Agriculture and Threaten Food Sovereignty 16 Oct 2018
New Report exposes how a controversial genetic forcing technology is targeting the farm 16 Oct 2018
Texto en español disponible! 15 Oct 2018
Is the Industrial Food Chain Unravelling... or Rewinding? 15 Oct 2018
Mega-mergers and the concentration of power in the agri-food sector 22 Aug 2018
As international debate on gene drive technology heats up, Canadian immigration officials deny a key voice 4 Jul 2018