Main issues

  • Agricultural policy

    Main issue

    European peasant farmers face great difficulties. From serious obstacles accessing land, water, seeds, credit and fair markets, to the ever increasing difficulty covering costs of production, the current Common Agricultural Policy-modeled on the WTO- has been unable to resolve the main problems and has driven millions of small and medium scale farmers out of agriculture. European agricultural policy has on many important occasions fueled the concentration of land, and favored the interests of agribusinesses and food distributors.

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  • Agroecology — environment

    Main issue

    “Agroecology is the answer to how to transform and repair our material reality in a food system and rural world that has been devastated by industrial food production and its so-called Green and Blue Revolutions. We see Agroecology as a key form of resistance to an economic system that puts profit before life.” Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology, Nyéléni, Mali; Feb. 2015

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  • Food sovereignty & trade

    Main issue

    « Food sovereignty prioritises local and national economies and markets and empowers peasant and family farmer-driven agriculture, artisanal - fishing, pastoralist-led grazing, and food production, distribution and consumption based on environmental, social and economic sustainability. » - Nyeleni Food Sovereignty Forum Declaration, Mali, 2007

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  • Land

    Main issue

    “In Europe today, tens of thousands of small farmers are being thrown out of farming every year, while large farms and agribusiness are expanding their scope widely and rapidly. The same logic of global capital accumulation imperatives that are the driving force in land grabbing globally, are underpinning land concentration processes in Europe.” - Land concentration, land grabbing and people's struggles in Europe, 2013

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  • Peasants' rights

    Main issue

    In Europe, the ever increasing control of food production by corporations and the implementation of market-and-production-deregulating-Free Trade Agreements, severely undermine the protection and support that States can give their domestic agricultural sectors.

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