Food sovereignty, product diversification and local fair trade are necessary bets for building more sustainable and resilient food systems.
Small producer organizations of fair trade, coordinated at a regional level through CLAC, have included food sovereignty as part of their work cross-cutting themes. From that it becomes apparent that Food Sovereignty is not just about ensuring access to food, but also ensuring people’s (especially rural) right to build an appropriate production, distribution and consumption model for their local reality. Said model must be compatible with the planet and mother earth’s sustainability, inclusive and in search of greater equality.
Alongside food sovereignty, several peasant movements in the world are promoting agroecology as a “way of being, living and producing”, and also as a “social, cultural and political process”, that harmonizes relations between nature and human beings. Likewise, it looks for territory revaluation, defense of water and native seeds, cultural and ancestral heritage of rural villages. Alongside social and peasant movements, for example MAELA (Latin American and the Caribbean Agroecological Movement), there are several non-governmental organizations and research centers that accompany small producers, indigenous communities and peasant organizations in their research, awareness and advocacy processes.
For example, GRAIN “a small international non-profit organization that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems”. They are good examples of players actively involved in the promotion of food sovereignty, agroecology and the right for a healthy, nutritious and accessible food.