“Food sovereignty ensures that the right to use and manage lands, territories, waters, seeds, livestock and biodiversity are in the hands of those who produce the food”
According to many traditional world views all of nature and the environment is alive; human beings are part of the family of living beings, not outside of it. All living creatures are engaged in age-old relationship of mutual interaction shaping each other’s existence in a process of co-evolution. peasant practices of developing biodiversity are not only shaped by material necessities, but also by spiritual beliefs, culture and emotion.
Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agricultural systems. It puts those who produce, distribute and consume the food at the heart of food systems and policies rather than the demands of markets and corporations. It defends the interest and inclusion of the next generation. It offers a strategy to resist and dismantle the current corporate trade and food regime, and directions for food, farming, pastoral and fisheries systems determined by local producers. Food sovereignty priorities local and national economies and markets and empowers peasants and family farmer-drive agriculture, artisan fishing, pastoralist-led grazing and food production, distribution and consumption based on environmental, social and economic sustainability. Food sovereignty promotes transparent trade that guarantees just income to all people and the rights of consumers to control their food and nutrition. It ensures that the rights to use and manage our lands, territories, water, seeds, livestock and biodiversity are in the hands of those of us who produce food. Food sovereignty implies new social relations free of oppression and inequality between men and women, peoples, racial groups, social classes and generations.
Ø Growing diverse and agro-ecologically appropriate local food crops on our lands under agro-ecological farming practices, rearing diverse indigenous animal breeds, conserving the diversity of our forests and other commons, to meet our food needs within our homes and communities.
Ø Building seed sovereignty through selecting, saving, exchanging and sharing diverse seeds between ourselves and through a network of community seed banks.
Ø Reviving and re-establishing democratically governed local markets as a means of exchange of our produce.
Thus, four persons from MP Forum have been selected for Regional Learning and Exchange Platform and they are oriented on Food Sovereignty and Food Security and how the corporate are controlling the peasants and the peasant market worldwide.