Towards food sovereignty

This paper describes how achieving food sovereignty will entail a fundamental shift away from the industrial and neo-liberal paradigm for food and agriculture towards: More direct democracy and greater citizen participation in framing policies for food and agriculture; respecting and including the voices of the very poor and marginalised (especially women). Federations of elected citizen-based local councils linking villages, towns, neighbourhoods, local economies and ecological units to act as a significant counter-power to the state and transnational corporations. Democratised research and strong networks of local innovators. Reformed and equitable access and resource use rights, including land, water, forests, seeds and the means of production. Re-localised and resilient food systems based on agro-ecology, eco-literacy and circular economy models.

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