Food Sovereignty

The term food sovereignty was developed during the World Food Summit in 1996 to represent an alternative to neoliberal food policies. It stands for communities having control over the way that food is produced, traded and consumed, an integral part of sharing a food system designed to help people and the environment rather than making profits for multinational corporations. The international movement has developed six defining principles which were adopted at the 2007 Declaration of Nyéléni, these are:

  • Producing food for people, not for the global commodity market
  • Valuing food producers
  • Localising food systems
  • Local control over resources
  • Building skills and knowledge
  • Working with nature
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