The Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia Food Sovereignty Network (Nyéléni ECA) brings together farmers, fishers, pastoralists, Indigenous Peoples, consumers, NGOs, trade unions, environmental, development, research and Justice/Solidarity/Human Rights Organizations, community-based food movements and others, to enhance existing food sovereignty initiatives and strengthen our work at local, national, regional and global levels.


The landmark international Nyéléni 2007 Forum for Food Sovereignty in Mali included the participation of 500 representatives from food producer, consumer and environmental movements from around the world. It was the springboard for the global Food Sovereignty movement. At this Forum six principles and the Nyéléni Declaration were adopted. This was followed by a European Nyéléni Forum in 2011 that was held in Krems, Austria, where the Nyéléni Europe Declaration and an action plan were agreed upon. In February 2015, the same movements also participated in the International Forum for Agroecology in the Nyéléni centre in Mali, and contributed to its Declaration.


In 2016 a second European Nyéléni Forum took place in Romania, and enalarged its membership to Central Asian Countries. Since then the movement have been renamed Nyéléni Food Sovereignty Movement in Europe and Central Asia (Nyéléni ECA). Since then Nyéléni ECA is acting as the Regional articulation of the global platform of small-scale food producers and rural workers organisations and grassroots/community-based social movements whose goal is to advance the Food Sovereignty: the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC)


These global and regional meetings have led to increasing numbers of people engaging in the transformation of the dominant food and agriculture system, resisting the agro-industrial model of production and consumption, and building the Food Sovereignty Movement in Europe and worldwide.


The three keywords in the plans of action are still cherished:


Transform! Resist! Build!


For more information please contact the Nyéléni ECA’s secretariat:


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