April 18th, 2017

Farming Matters | 32.4 | December 2016 This issue of Farming Matters explores the different ways pastoral societies are joining forces to challenge the policies that undermine their culture and way of life. For millennia, pastoralist societies have managed the rangelands of the world’s most challenging environments, producing food and providing ecosystem services for millions of households. … Read more

Editorial: Food Sovereignty from the ground up
April 18th, 2017

Worldwide, the food sovereignty movement is taking root. The multitude of new food sovereignty initiatives speak to its strength as a concept, and as a source of practical responses to today’s problematic food and farming system. The stories in this issue of Farming Matters address interwoven issues of food sovereignty related to production, processing, trade … Read more

Special section – Food sovereignty: stories from Europe
April 18th, 2017

Producers and citizens are working together to transform our food systems to make them more socially just, culturally appropriate and respectful of the environment. While shifts in policy are overdue, struggles to attain food sovereignty are popping up all over Europe. This special section highlights a few of these. Introduction Agriculture in Europe has long … Read more

Locally rooted: ideas and intiatives from the field
April 18th, 2017

Striving for food sovereignty takes many shapes and forms. From innovations in farmers’ fields to legal reform that supports farmers’ rights, each initiative contributes to a stronger movement. Scroll down to read stories from Algeria, Australia, Switzerland and Colombia.  Algeria Innovation keeps tradition alive Food sovereignty in marginal areas of the Maghreb has always depended … Read more

Mind! > Books and films
April 18th, 2017

Human Rights and the Food Sovereignty Movement: Reclaiming Control Priscilla Claeys. 2015. Routledge. 210 pages. ISBN: 978-1138793019 While the negative impacts from land grabbing, speculation with agricultural commodities, agrofuels and climate change become increasingly evident, the policies that have created these problems have not faltered in their march. At the same time, social movements that … Read more

A message to the friends of ILEIA
February 14th, 2017

Dear friends Some important changes are going to take place in ILEIA in 2017. In a recent meeting the ILEIA Board has decided that after over 30 years of work to support family farming rooted in agroecology, the organisation has to close on July 1st, 2017. The reason for this decision is that we did … Read more

Locally rooted: ideas and initiatives from the field
December 19th, 2016

Maintaining a pastoralist’s way of life requires tenacity. From transhumant beekeepers in Mexico to new peasants in Europe, these are stories of pastoralist-led initiatives that challenge marginalisation in political processes. Catalonia Shepherd school While it is true that pastoralism is increasingly revalorised across Europe, the number of flocks and shepherds in the region remain low. … Read more

December 19th, 2016

Common Ground: Securing Land Rights and Safeguarding the Earth Oxfam, International Land Coalition, Rights and Resources Initiative. 2016. Oxfam GB. 52 pages. ISBN: 9780855986766 Although protecting half the world’s land, indigenous people and local communities formally own only 20 %, with the remainder being vulnerable to land grabs. This report has been published alongside a … Read more

Call for articles: Climate resilient food systems
December 19th, 2016

Deadline 15 March 2017 A call for climate resilient food systems Climate change is real and the impacts are already upon us. Family farmers and peasants, through virtue of their intimate relationship with the natural environment, are amongst the first ones to feel the impacts. They are also on the frontline when it comes to … Read more

Pastoralists will see better days
December 12th, 2016

My name is Pervin Çoban Savran and I am a pastoralist from Turkey. I am a member of Sarıkeçililer, which is an association fighting to improve pastoralists’ living conditions and to preserve pastoralist culture. In the past, there used to be other pastoralists in this part of the country, but they have long adopted a … Read more