Beyond World Food Day: time to join our efforts towards the achievement of Food sovereignty

October 23, 2023

The World Food Day is an occasion for small-scale food producers’ organizations to celebrate the crucial role of peasant agriculture, family farming, artisanal fisheries, Indigenous Peoples’ food systems, consumers, and all forms of food production that take place on a community and territorial level in feeding the world. Rural and water communities and Indigenous People are rights holders, and their organizations have committed to a policy dialogue with global institutions since 1996. These dialogues resulted in important milestones for the rights of Indigenous People; as well as the rights of small-scale food producers: the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources with the concept of Farmers’ Rights; the Voluntary Guidelines on the Tenure of Land (VGGTs) and the Voluntary Guidelines on Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines); The UN Declaration on the Right of Peasants (UNDROP) and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); the international symposia on Agroecology, the UN Decade of Family Farming, and the UN resolution on Social and Solidarity Economy.