What is Food Sovereignty?

Food Sovereignty is broadly defined and specifically described in novel ways – it is place-based, people-based work that seeks to remedy the many impacts and disparities caused by modern food systems. Together, Food Sovereignty work has created a global movement encompassing unique histories, contemporaries, and future transformations of food systems worldwide.

 Food Sovereignty is diversely complex. This is because food systems shape and are shaped by both human and natural systems at different scales, from local to global. Understanding Food Sovereignty is about getting to know food genealogies, food-human relations, food justice and ethics, Indigenous knowledges and sovereignty, as well as ecosystem sciences, market forces, public policy, technologies and more. In addition, it is about learning what communities are doing to restore and preserve their local economies, cultures, and wellbeing through Food Sovereignty actions.

Food Sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems
— La Via Campensina, 2007
The communal love of place creates a different world of action.
— Robin Wall Kimmerer in The Intelligence of All Kids of Life
Food sovereignty asserts the need for sovereignty within sovereignty.
— Audra Simpson 2014:10
Food sovereignty means to exercise autonomy in all territorial spaces: countries, regions, cities and rural communities. Food sovereignty is only possible if it takes place at the same time as political sovereignty of all peoples.
— Declaration of the Forum for Food Sovereignty, Nyéléni 2007:5