Food sovereignty comes of age: Africa leads efforts to rethink our food system

Food sovereignty comes of age: Africa leads efforts to rethink our food system

Developing agricultural practices that will achieve food sovereignty

The article focuses on the debates and discussions that took place at the Nyéléni 2007 Forum for Food Sovereignty, which was held in Mali, representing organisations across various sectors of food providers from across the globe.

The discussions on how to achieve food sovereignty lead to the development of the Declaration of Nyéléni and a Synthesis report, which includes ‘Six pillars of food sovereignty’:

1. Focuses on food for people
2. Values food providers
3. Localises food systems
4. Puts control locally
5. Builds knowledge and skills
6. Works with nature

The article concludes that Nyéléni 2007 has set the agenda for the future of food by taking a more localised approach instead of the current globalising food system, so that future generations can sustain themselves.


 

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