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Future Technologies and Food Sovereignty: Small-scale Peasant Organisations’ Perspectives From Eastern Europe and Central Asia

26 August 2022

Future Technologies and Food Sovereignty: Small-scale Peasant Organisations’ Perspectives From Eastern Europe and Central Asia is a position document to counterattack the narrative of synthetic biology, narrative of innovation and other new technologies, and the false technological solutions proposed to deal with climate change, making the case for peasant agroecology as the appropriate solution in the region.

Through it, peasant organisations from Europe and Central Asia, aim to inform and mobilise popular movements to analyse and, if necessary, repurpose, these technologies, which may pose one of the greatest challenges to food sovereignty in the post-COVID-19 era.

This publication was developed as part of the Peasant Agroecology in Eastern Europe (PACE) project, which, in 2019, saw European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) bring together Eastern European and Central Asian peasant organisations in order to strengthen agroecology and peasant seed systems through cross-regional exchanges.

Peasant organisations Eco Ruralis (Romania), Elkana (Georgia), ADI (Kyrgyzstan), NGO Zher Ana Astana (Kazakhstan), Zan va Zamin (Tajikistan) and Grandina Moldovei (Republic of Moldova) shared diverse experiences and expertise in agroecological trainings, building movements, and advocacy throughout the process in collaboration with Cultivate! and ETC group.

This collaboration brought together peasant organisations to learn from and inspire one another and thereby strengthen peasant agroecology and peasant seed networks in the Eastern European and Central Asian region by linking organisations working on those issues to existing networks, by networking between initiatives and by facilitating horizontal peasant-to-peasant learning processes with a special focus on the inclusion of women. From this collaboration a strong, resilient and structured network has been emerged in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, which is capable of advocating for agroecology and peasant seeds in national, regional and international policy making arenas.

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