Nelly Bassily | November 30, 2009
From November 13-17, while heads of state met at The World Summit on Food Security in Rome, social movements held an alternative forum on food sovereignty. The People’s Food Sovereignty Forum included men and women farmers and fisherfolk, as well as representatives from social movements, NGOs, and CSOs.
At the close of the People’s Forum, a declaration was made, stating that “food sovereignty is the real solution to the tragedy of hunger in our world.” The “people’s declaration” further asserts that “all people have a right and responsibility to participate in deciding how food is produced and distributed” and that “governments must respect, protect and fulfill the right to food as the right to adequate, available, accessible, culturally acceptable and nutritious food.” It also sets out a series of civil society commitments to defending food security.
The entire declaration has been posted on Pambazuka News, and can be found here: http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/60527.