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Statement of the African and U.S. Food Sovereignty Summit

On October 10-14, Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch invited African leaders representing regional and continent-wide networks to Seattle to meet with leaders from  US organizations as part of the Africa-US Food Sovereignty Strategy Summit. The aim was to promote farmer-led solutions to hunger and climate crises, share research, develop strategies and explore ways to protect communities faced with the consequences of industrial agriculture as promoted by the Gates Foundation.

  • The winners of the photo competition on family farming

    The winners of the photo competition Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth, organized in the context of the 2014 International Year of Family Farming have been announced in Rome. The Global winner photo was taken by Danilo O. Victoriano Jr. during the Rambutan fruit harvest season in San Pablo Laguna province, in the Philippines.

  • New dates for the International Forum on Agroecology in Mali

    The Steering Committee of the International Forum for Agroecology met in Rome on the occasion of the 41th session of the Committee on World Food Security. Taking into consideration the conclusions of the Symposium on Agroecology organized by FAO in September and to better prepare the regional consultations that will be following in the next months, the Steering Committee has decided that the Forum will be taking place in the Center of Nyeleni, in Mali, from the 24th to the 27th of February 2015

     
  • Acquisition of Africa’s SeedCo by Monsanto, Groupe Limagrain: Neo-colonial occupation of Africa’s seed systems

    Addis Ababa 7 October 2014. The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) is deeply concerned about the recent acquisitions by multi-national seed companies of large parts of SeedCo, one of Africa’s largest home-grown seed companies.

  • Report on FAO Symposium on Agroecology

    The International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition (Rome, 18-19th September) was the first FAO event on agroecology in history. It turned out very successful and can be seen as an important step forward for the support and promotion of agroecology. We are happy to share with you the report of the symposium of Aksel Naerstad, international coordinator of the More and Better Network.

     

  • Green revolution in Africa, what is the reality?

    The African Green Revolution Forum took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia September 1-4th. Aksel Naerstad, International co-coordinator of the More and Better Network, was one of the about 1000 participants. A lot has changed - he says - since the 1st African Green Revolution Conference in Oslo in 2006, organized by the world largest fertilizer company, Yara. A key question is: are the changes only rhetoric or also in reality?” 

  • CSOs call for effective participation in the process leading to the ICN2

    Civil society organizations and social movements express serious concerns about their limited participation in the policy processes towards the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). In an informal statement to ICN2 joint working group, they strongly object the "non-state" actor model adopted for the meeting...

  • Call for articles: Family farmers in living landscapes

    Farming Matters magazine is looking for stories about the relation between forests, sustainable farming and resilient landscapes, and about the connection between landscape (or territory), local culture and the regional economy for its September 2014 issue. The articles can be sent in English (preferred), Spanish, Portuguese or French. Deadline: June 15th, 2014. More information in the following call..

  • Right to Food Guidelines:online consultation until May 26

    Ten years after the adoption of the Right To Food Guidelines by the FAO council, the Right to Food team together with FIAN is coordinating an online consultation to seek inputs on three major issues. Deadline for sending in comments has now been extended to the 26th of May. 

  • Negotiations on CFS Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture

    The negotiations on the First Draft of the CFS-RAI Principles will take place at FAO, in Rome, May 19th -23rd. Representatives from civil society will meet on May 17-18th to prepare for the negotiations. The More and Better Network will be present both at the civil society’s meeting and at the negotiations.  

  • Agriculture and nutrition in the Sustainable Development Goals

    A High-Level Roundtable on what should be in the Sustainable Development Goals on agriculture and nutrition took place in New York in the end of March. Aksel Naerstad, international co-coordinator of More and Better took part in the two days meeting (27-28 March). The outcome document is available in English here, feel free to share it.