Food Voices

Food Sovereignty

Andrianna Natsoulas (Food Voices)

Food Sovereignty

Andrianna Natsoulas (Food Voices)

Throughout the past ten years, Andrianna has coordinated with the global food sovereignty movements to protect local food production and distribution, fight trade agreements and build alliances. She has participated in protests around the world from Washington, DC to Cancun to Geneva to Hong Kong and has stood shoulder to shoulder with farmers and fisherfolk to defend their rights to provide local and culturally appropriate food for their communities.

Andrianna served on the International Steering Committee (ISC) for Nyeleni 2007: The World Forum on Food Sovereignty. Nyeleni united over 800 people from around the world representing farmers, fisherfolk, environmental movements, nomads, indigenous peoples and the youth to strengthen and deepen the global understanding of food sovereignty. The end results were a declaration and six pillars of food sovereignty that address two crucial questions: What Are We Fighting For? and What are we Fighting Against? The declaration and six pillars continue to be used to advance the food sovereignty movement.

Food Voices

Food Voices brings the voices of farmers and fisherfolk to the forefront of the food policy debate. It offers a platform for those in the fields and on the boats to convey their struggles and triumphs. Dairy farmers of Wisconsin, salmon trollers of Alaska, clam collectors of Ecuador, urban farmers of New York, and fishermen of Haiti share their efforts to protect and enhance their livelihoods.

Food Voices recognizes the five following ingredients are essential to fully realize food sovereignty:

* Vibrant and Healthy Communities

* Local Markets and Localized Economies

* Local Governance Structures

* Access to Resources and Territories

* Environmental Stewardship

Ivo Valkenburg

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