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Food versus the big city of Istanbul
April 18th, 2017

Istanbul, like many other cities, is under heavy pressure from urban development projects. In the face of this threat, the DÜRTÜK collective supports small scale farmers in and around Istanbul by organising reliable demand for the produce from urban gardens, and by building a supportive community around them. This initiative not only provides urban residents … Read more

Human-centered agriculture fighting exploitation and racism
April 18th, 2017

While much of the production of food in Europe depends on migrant workers, most people are not aware of the terrible working and living conditions that most of them have to endure. At the same time, the plight of small scale producers who must deal with the low prices imposed by large retailers, also goes … Read more

“Food sovereignty is about peasants’ rights” – Interview with Ramona Duminicioiu
April 18th, 2017

Ramona Duminicioiu is a member of Eco Ruralis, a peasant association in Romania. In this interview, Ramona explains why the food sovereignty movement is not only about food, and why defending the peasant way of life is in the interest of society as a whole. What is the Nyéléni movement? Nyéléni is the name of … Read more

Food sovereignty: taking root in women’s knowledge
April 18th, 2017

The Korean Women’s Peasant Association (KWPA) is a leader in South Korea’s food sovereignty movement. Founded in 1989, it is an association that encompasses hundreds of local women farmers’ groups. Intergenerational exchange of knowledge and experiences among women is at the heart of their work. Through this exchange, a new generation of peasant women are … Read more

Educating peasant youth to defend their freedom
April 18th, 2017

Belén Arenas makes the case for an education that supports peasant youth to continue working on the land while maintaining their culture and dignity. I was born in Los Leones, a small community in the province of Mendoza, Argentina, about 300 km from Mendoza’s capital. The 15 families that form our community have lived there … Read more

Farmers in focus: Building food sovereignty around fresh fish
April 18th, 2017

Finnbjørn Vang is a fisher in Northern Europe working towards his vision of fair fish. My name is Finnbjørn Vang. I’m 38 years old and I help my dad run a small fishing business  in  Klaksvík  on  the  island  of Borðoy in the Faroe Islands. We have two boats and we are part of the … Read more

Pastoral parliament: a platform to be heard and seen
December 19th, 2016

In India, pastoralists have long struggled to make their voices heard. Cultural and religious differences have exacerbated this situation. But a new initiative is allowing them to assert their identity, identify as a collective, and generate political momentum. The Pastoral Parliament represents a key space for pastoralists to meet, discuss and take decisions about the … Read more

Migrant shepherds sustain pastoralism in the Mediterannean
December 19th, 2016

Exodus of youth is one of the main problems of rural communities in Mediterranean Europe. The declining rural population is counterbalanced by migrants that have come to live and work in the countryside. Paradoxically, it is thanks to migrant shepherds that ancient pastoral traditions are kept alive and productive. But there are many challenges that … Read more

Interview: “Pastoralist women have the capacity to lead”
December 19th, 2016

“After my university education I felt I had to work for change in my community.” Paine Eulalia Mako is a Masaai and a pastoralist in Tanzania. She works to connect grass roots and national level campaigns for pastoralists’ land rights. Much of her work is about empowering women to take the lead and claim what … Read more

Women pastoralists: neglected in the 21st century
December 19th, 2016

In her last regular column for Farming Matters, Elizabeth Mpofu makes a plea for governments to listen to pastoralists, particularly the women among them. As a way of life that goes back thousand years, pastoralism has played a very important role in shaping societal relations and defining our diets, culture and religion. While always in … Read more