Why Food Sovereignty Is Critical

At Africans In the Diaspora, we believe that women, youth, and Iocal communities are the source of innovative solutions for our shared African problems. In 2018, we are excited to share information about the three issue areas that direct our mission: food sovereignty, climate justice, and alternative economies. First up, we give you a sampling of resources surrounding Food Sovereignty.

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What Is Food Sovereignty? 

When we know more about how our food is produced, we can better understand how it affects our everyday lives. Here is a bit-sized roundup of resources:


To build and realise Food Sovereignty, it is imperative to work and engage with others — peasants, indigenous people, fisherfolk, women, men, progressive researchers, consumers, etc. — to rethink ways and means of farming and mobilisation.
— Elizabeth Mpofu, chairperson of Thousand Currents partner, Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF)

Other useful resources: 

Food Providers Speak: Should we implement agroecology, the science behind sustainable agriculture, as part of the greater food sovereignty movement? Watch food providers from around the world offer their opinions on this.


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Surplus People Project supports people’s right to produce food in ways that are politically, economically, socially and environmentally sustainable. We aim to make communities gain control over their local food systems through local agroecological production which allows people to consume healthy food whilst contributing to the local economy. We do this through training and exchanges. Production is for household use primarily, while surplus could be sold for additional income or donated to vulnerable groups as an act of solidarity.


Why Is Food Sovereignty Critical? 

Advocating for food sovereignty matters in today's world. Here is a sampling of resources to explain why it is important:

In their 2017 report, “Who Will Feed Us? The Industrial Food Chain vs the Peasant Food Web”, the ETC group compares small-scale producers vs. the larger global agribusiness to show that it is the former that can better feed the earth.


“We are told that it is big agribusiness, with its flashy techno-fixes and financial clout, that will save the world from widespread hunger and malnutrition and help food systems weather the impacts of climate change. However, a new report from ETC Group shows that in fact, it is a diverse network of small-scale producers, dubbed the Peasant Food Web, that feeds 70% of the world, including the most hungry and marginalized people. ”
— ETC Group's “Who Will Feed Us? The Industrial Food Chain vs the Peasant Food Web”

Other useful resources: 


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Zimbabwe Small Holder Organic Farmers' Forum (ZIMSOFF) is a dynamic group of 19,000 small-scale farmers nationwide who are promoting agreoecology and advocating for policies in favor of biodiversity. 

Founded in 2003, ZIMSOFF envisions improved livelihoods of organized and empowered smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe, practicing sustainable and viable ecological agriculture.

Their work focuses influencing policies and to raising public awareness to ensure that issues of food sovereignty, land justice, and environmental justice are represented in local, national, regional and international spaces.


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