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Pimbert 08 - Towards Food Sovereignty

Pimbert 08 - Towards Food Sovereignty

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An interesting (and interactive) document from 2008 by Michel Pimbert for the International Institute for Environment and Development. From the intro: "Throughout the world, civil society, indigenous peoples and new social movements, - rather than academics or professional policy think tanks -, are the prime movers behind a newly emerging food sovereignty policy framework. At its heart, this alternative policy framework for food and agriculture aims to guarantee and protect people’s space, ability and right to define their own models of production, food distribution and consumption patterns."
An interesting (and interactive) document from 2008 by Michel Pimbert for the International Institute for Environment and Development. From the intro: "Throughout the world, civil society, indigenous peoples and new social movements, - rather than academics or professional policy think tanks -, are the prime movers behind a newly emerging food sovereignty policy framework. At its heart, this alternative policy framework for food and agriculture aims to guarantee and protect people’s space, ability and right to define their own models of production, food distribution and consumption patterns."

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Towards Food Sovereignty
Reclaiming autonomous food systems
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 with many people deriving their incomes and livelihoods through work and activities at dierent points along the ood chain—rom seed toplate. Such localised ood systems provide the oundations o peoples’nutrition, incomes, economies and culture throughout the world. Tey start at the household level and expand to neighbourhood, municipaland regional levels. And localised ood systems depend on many dierent local organisations to co-ordinate ood production, storage anddistribution, as well as people’s access to ood. Moreover, the ecologicaland institutional contexts in which diverse ood systems are embeddedalso depend on the co-ordinated activities o local organisations or theirrenewal and sustainability.
Introduction
Troughout the world, civil society, indigenous peoples and new socialmovements, - rather than academics or proessional policy think tanks -,are the prime movers behind a newly emerging ood sovereignty policy ramework. At its heart, this alternative policy ramework or ood andagriculture aims to guarantee and protect people’s space, ability andright to dene their
own
models o production, ood distribution andconsumption patterns. Tis notion o “ood sovereignty” is perhapsbest understood as a
transormative process 
that seeks to recreate thedemocratic realm and regenerate a diversity o autonomous ood systemsbased on equity, social justice and ecological sustainability.
“Food Sovereignty is the right o peoples to dene their own ood and agriculture; to protect and regulate domestic agricultural  production and trade in order to achieve sustainable development objectives; to determine the extent to which they want to be sel reliant; to restrict the dumping o products in their markets; and to provide local sheries-based communities the priority in managing the use o and the rights to aquatic resources. Food Sovereignty does not negate trade, but rather it promotes the ormulation o trade  policies and practices that serve the rights o peoples to ood and tosae, healthy and ecologically sustainable production.” 
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Indeed, the emerging ood sovereignty policy ramework identies theneed or several mutually supportive
national and international policiesto strengthen the autonomy
and resilience of more localised food
systems.It recognises that a) today there are still many diverse, local ood systemsthroughout the world, particularly in developing countries; and b) mosto the world’s ood is grown, collected and harvested by over 2.5 billionsmall-scale armers, pastoralists, orest dwellers and artisanal sherolk.Tis ood is primarily sold, processed, resold and consumed locally,
In this context, “autonomy” and “autonomous spaces” reer to a mode o existence whereby a social group or a nation denes its own needs and limits and sets the course o its own development (Illich, 977).

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