This is the first in a four-video series on how farmers feed the world.
As reaffirmed during the Second International Symposium on Agroecology sponsored by FAO in early April, more than a set of agricultural practices, agroecology is deeply political and includes many aspects related to food sovereignty and farmers' rights. Small-scale farmers: peasants, pastoralists and non-industrial fishermen - who make up what the ETC Group calls the “peasant food web” - already provide 70% of the world's food, using only 25% of agricultural resources.
In order for them to increase their productivity and continue to feed the world in a sustainable and resilient way, it is necessary to dismantle the agro-industrial chain of food production, which not only damages the environment, but also contributes to climate chaos and violates human rights, exercising tyrannical power. on agricultural policies, from the most local levels to the international levels.
Our pocket book, Who will feed us? Compare the peasant network of food production with the agro-industrial chain. In May 2018, we will present four animation videos, in Spanish and English, that explore the book's themes on food production, diversity, hidden costs, and political solutions. Here the first video as a sample:
For the billions of peasants in the network to continue feeding themselves and many more people, we need support policies, from the Committee on Food Security, to food sovereignty and peasant agroecology such as:
· An agrarian reform that includes the right to territories (land, water, forests, fisheries, grazing and hunting lands);
· Restore their right to conserve, sow, exchange, sell and improve seeds and livestock, in an unrestricted manner;
· Eliminate regulations that hinder the development of local markets and diversity;
· Reorient public research activities so that they are conducted by farmers and respond to their needs;
· Institute fair trade, determined by policies proposed by the peasants.
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