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BUILDING FOOD SOVEREIGNTY
June 26th, 2017

Farming Matters | 33.1 | April 2017 This issue of Farming Matters is about food sovereignty: a self-organised, grassroots response to today’s problematic food and farming system. Diverse people, such as producers, consumers, peasants, migrant farm workers and urban citizens are uniting around initiatives to regain control over their food and natural resources. The experiences presented in … Read more

Mind Books and films
June 26th, 2017

Cooling the planet: Frontline communities lead the struggle – Voices from the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles Various authors, 2016. Transnational Institute, 16 pages. Small scale food producers and consumers, including peasants, indigenous peoples, hunters and gatherers, family farmers, rural workers, herders and pastoralists, fisherfolk and urban people – the frontline communities – … Read more

The last Farming Matters
June 26th, 2017

This is the final issue of Farming Matters. We believe in resilience, so we are confident that the ideas and knowledge being shared through Farming Matters will live on in diverse ways. ILEIA is in the process of handing over the Secretariat of the AgriCultures Network to our partner organisation, IED Afrique,in Senegal. Together with network partners in Peru, Brazil, Ethiopia and India, they will … Read more

LISTENING TO PASTORALISTS
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