The Autonomous People's Response to the UN Food Systems Summit invites you to be part of a colourful mobilization in parallel and in the run up to the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit.


On Sunday 25 July, a global virtual rally of 8 hours opened the People’s Counter-Mobilization to Transform Corporate Food Systems. An online and offline mobilization that moved like a wave touching all continents, overcoming borders and reaffirming our unity and resistance struggle against the corporate capture of food systems. We celebrated our diversity and exposed our joy through political interventions, testimonies and visions on how to radically transform our food systems, including through artistic performances, music, poems and dance.


ROUND TABLES | 26 July 2021

This second day intends to offer a substantive space of dialogue on some of the critical fault lines of the summit, with special emphasis to the different domains where the corporate capture materializes.  Representatives from Small-scale food producers, Indigenous Peoples and Civil Society’s organizations will dialogue with Member States, national governments, UN Agencies and Academia’s representatives.

11:30-13:00 CEST 
Opening session - Unmasking the UN Food Systems Summit

Exposing false solutions against the responses people and communities really need.

Session’s overview
The session will feature an initial analysis and political framing on the autonomous peoples’ response to the UNFSS, followed by two shorter presentations examining some of the false solutions portrayed by the Summit, which would be then juxtaposed to a closing overview of real solutions from the ground. After these four initial interventions, a moderated panel of governmental representatives from different regions would be invited to comment and respond. General debate will follow. 

Session’s provisional agenda
1.     Introduction by moderators (5 min)
2.     Opening presentation (7 - 10 min)
3.     Exposin g & challenges the UN FSS false solutions (15 min): Nature-positive solutions and digitalization
4.     Solutions from the ground (10 min) 
5.     Moderated panel (30 min)

6.     General debate & wrap-up of session

Ali Aii Shatu, Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordination Committee (IPACC) 
Paula Gioia, La Vía Campesina 
Tammi Jonas, Austrian Food Sovereignty Alliance (TBC) 
Chukki Nanjundaswamy, La Vía Campesina 
Marianeli Torres, World Forum of Fisher People, WFFP 
Jim Tomas, ETC Group 

Svetlana Boincean, International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF) 
Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Friends of the Earth International

13:30-15:00 CEST 
Dialogue – UNFSS and the Corporate Capture of Governance

Challenging multistakeholderism to reaffirm the centrality of public interest in legitimate multilateral spaces. 

Session’s overview
The session will feature a panel of 6 (3 from governmental/ intergovernmental experience and 3 from social movements/civil society), divided into 3 issue blocks. Each block would be introduced with an overall framing by the co-moderators, who would then address different questions appropriate to each panelist. Space for opening up to the public after each block before moving on to the next.

Session’s provisional agenda
1.     Introduction by moderators (5 min)
2.     First discussion round: Multilateralism vs multistakeholderism (20 min)
3.     Second discussion round: Analysis of concrete cases (30 min): The COVID-19 response & Agroecology
4.     Third discussion round: Transformative measures (20 min)
5.     General debate & wrap-up of session

Michael Fakhri, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food 
Mary Mubi, former Permanent Representative of Zimbabwe to the RBA 
Jomo Kwame Sundaram, former United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Senior Adviser at the Khazanah Research Institute, Malaysia
Isa Álvarez, Urgenci     
Sofia Monsalve, FIAN International 
Andre Luzzi, Habitat International Coalition, HIC 
Ahmed Sourani, Gaza Urban and Peri-urban Agriculture Platform (GUPAP) - TBC

Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South 
Nora McKeon, Terra Nuova

15:30-17:00 CEST 
Dialogue on UNFSS and the Corporate Capture of Science 

Unveiling the political economies of science to safeguard independent evidence and multiple sources of knowledge for food systems transformation.

Session’s overview
Scientific assessments and advice are supposed to play an increasing role in the transformation of food systems, including on policy and governance matters. The session aims to discuss the political economy of science in food systems, expose and explore conflicts of interest in science, and address the critical characteristics of an adequate Science-Policy Interface (SPI) in order to strengthen the existing High-Level Panel of Experts of the CFS.

 Session’s provisional agenda
 1.    Introduction by moderators (5 min)
 2.    First discussion round: The political economies of science in food systems (20 min)
 3.    Second discussion round: Tackling Conflicts of Interests in food science (20 min)
 4.     Third discussion round: Strengthening the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) (20 min)
 5.    General debate & wrap-up of session

Victor Súarez Carrera, Vice-Minister of Self-Sufficiency, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mexico  
Cecilia Rikap, CONICET, the Argentinian public research system  
Jennifer Clapp, HLPE Steering Committee 
Zoltán Kalmán, Retired Ambassador and Former Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN Food and Agriculture Agencies in Rome 
Nettie Wiebe, La Vía Campesina 
Jones Spartegus, World Forum of Fisher People, India 
Onel Masardule, Indigenous Forum of Abya Yala, Executive Director of the Foundation for the Promotion of Indigenous Knowledge (tbc) 
Elisabetta Recine, Observatory of Food and Nutrition Security Policies, University of Brasilia 
Stefano Prato, Society for International Development


OUR DIALOGUES | 27 July 2021

This third day intends to celebrate our vision for reclaiming peoples’ power and transforming the industrial food system. 12 self-organized side events and 3 self-organized autonomous regional events will shape this third day of counter-mobilization.

9.30-11.00 (CEST) (Rome Time, check your time zone here)

How to build public support for food sovereignty and Right to Food in Asia?

Organized by: 
Asian-Pacific organizations participating in the Autonomous people's response to the UN Food Systems Summit
EN | FR | ES interpretation available 

Joseph Purugannan, Focus on the Global South

M r. Anwar Sastro Maruf: Konfederasi Pergerakan Rakyat Indonesia (Confederation of Indonesia People Movement)
Mr. Zainal Fuat: Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI), LVC  Southeast Asia
Mr. Herman Kumara: National Convener- National Fisheries Solidarity Organisation (NAFSO),
Ms. Kaniz Fatima- Coordinator of Right to Food Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Ms. Roma Malik, All India Union of Forest Working People, India
Mr. Pramesh Pokharel:  All Nepal Peasants Federation (ANPFa)ICC youth La via Campesina South Asia
Ms. Tammi Jonas: Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and IPC

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The Impacts of Industrial Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa & Why we Need to Shift Development Finance Away from It

Organized by: 
Brighter Green, Lawyers for Animal Protection in Africa (Kenya), CAAWO (South Africa), Sinergia Animal, World Animal Protection, FoE-US, Feedback, Global Forest Coalition, Bank Information Center.


This event will host academics, lawyers, and civil society advocates to discuss the drivers and impacts of the growth of industrial animal farming and the urgent need for policy and finance for sustainable, equitable, food and agricultural systems. Perspectives from varied regions will be presented including a special look at the African perspective. It will bring peoples’ attention to the heavy investments as well as corporate interests shaping development finance policies that favor the agro-industrial livestock sector expansion, especially the role of Multilateral development banks (MDBs). It will explore the opportunities for and urgency of further research, alliance-development, and engagement in academia, advocacy and global and regional processes and hopefully inspire a broader articulation around campaigning against development finance investment in industrial livestock and the need to shift development finance and policy priorities towardsagroecology, covering a range of issue areas (e.g. environment, health, animal welfare,farmer livelihood, etc.).  


Judy Muriithi, Lawyers for Animal Protection 
Charles Ssekyewa, Director of the Center for Ecosystems Research and Development, Uganda 
Tozie Zokufa, Coalition of African Animal Welfare Organisations, S. Africa
Merel van der Mark, Sinergia Animal 

Dr. Victor Yamo, World Animal Protection, Kenya

Seed is Power: Reclaiming African Seed Sovereignty

Organized by: 

African seed sovereignty networks, with coordination through The Zambia Alliance for Agroecology and Biodiversity, Haki Nawiri Afrika and Oxfam Novib
English only

Description: This session focuses on farmer managed seed systems and the realization of farmer rights in Africa. It aims to highlight challenges and solutions posed by farmers against the corporate capture of their seed and food systems. It demands space for farmers’ voices that are being side-lined. African farmers’ agency and economic liberation is the starting point of a vision of achieving sustainable and just food systems for all, especially in Africa. Seed sovereignty is at the center of such a vision. As part of the FoodSystems4People we seek comprehensive support for farmer managed seed systems. This encompasses a broader set of human rights and rural development, which are integral to the Right to Food and Nutrition, the SDGs, and treaties and declarations like UNDROP and the ITPGRFA.


11.30-13.00 (CEST) (Rome Time, check your time zone here)

‘Technology sovereignty’ – what kind of innovation and technology do small-scale food producers need and want?

Organized by: 
European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE),  FIAN International, Centre for Agroecology Water and Resilience at Coventry University, Agroecology-in-Action, Schola Campesina, ETC Group
EN | FR interpretation available  

One of the false promises of the Food Systems Summit (FSS) is that we simply need to unlock the potential of digital and other new technologies to solve today’s compounding crises and make food systems sustainable. But the proposals promoted by the FSS are silent about what they mean in practice for small-scale food producers and on how these solutions correspond to their actual needs and aspirations. The session will start from small-scale producers’ experiences with and views on technologies to open up bigger questions around innovation and technology from a food sovereignty perspective. This event aims to
Stimulate discussion around technology politics in the food sovereignty moment;
Contribute toward formulating characteristics of technology sovereignty that rests on small scale producers’ needs and aspirations as well as their autonomy, including regarding the technologies the use; 
Put forward proposals on how to build alternative forms of creating and governing technologies from a food sovereignty, solidarity economy and right to food perspective.


Morgan Ody, European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), France
Ravindu Ishan Gunarathne, National Fisheries Solidarity Organization (NAFSO), Sri Lanka
Hamadi Abbas Mohammed, ADJMOR- World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples (WAMIP), Mali
Andrea Ferrante, Schola Campesina, Italy

A global Green New Deal: fixing our broken food systems. How Food Sovereignty is building justice-based alternatives

Organized by: 
War on Want 
English, Sinhala, Arabic, Bengal interpretation available

The current industrial food system is responsible for close to a third of Global Greenhouse emissions, and contributes to deforestation, land degradation, and water loss. Industrial agriculture displaces people from their lands, feeds corporate profits instead of people, increases poverty and human rights violations. That is why Food Sovereignty is a key pillar of the Global Green New Deal. 
Only by working with small scale farmers, fishers and agricultural workers, can we create a just food system based on food sovereignty, to end hunger and minimise climate impacts. Food Sovereignty is an important framework that has been carried forward by movements around the world for the last 25 years. Join us, and our Global South partners who are already building these alternatives, to discuss what a just and sustainable global food system looks like. 

Asad Rehman – War on Want 

Golam Sorowor - Bangladesh Agricultural Labour Farmers Federation (BAFLF)
Omar Aziki – ATTAC/CADTM Maroc and the North African Network for Food Sovereignty  
Chintaka Rajapaksa – MONLAR Sri Lanka – Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform
Teresa Anderson - ActionAid International

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Feminist economic alternatives for a systemic transformation of the food system

Organized by:
Action Aid

E N | FR | ES interpretation

The prevailing economic system serves to both exploit and exacerbate women’s relative position of economic, social and political exclusion. Feminist economists and academics, feminist activists, women’s rights organizations and labor movements working at local, national, regional and international levels have demonstrated how this intersects with systems of patriarchy, racism, (neo) colonialism and heteronormativity, resulting in the exploitation of the majority of the world’s women and the environment, with those in the Global South hit hardest.    
In addition to farming, women do most of the household labor: collecting water and firewood, cooking, cleaning and washing, as well as caring for family and community members. Women have always been active in producing food crops, processing food and marketing. However, despite comprising almost half of the world’s agricultural producers, women have access to and control less that 20% of the land globally. As the world is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic it is crucial that human rights and climate and social justice drive social reform.    
Although incredibly diverse and often context-specific, feminist economic alternatives (FEAs) demand and put in practice steps towards the systemic transformation of the rules of the economy.     
Systemic transformation entails calling out and dismantling unequal power relations that are rooted in interlocking systems of oppression and a reconstruction of the economic systems, structures, policies and institutions that both perpetuate and benefit from them, so that economic systems are instead focused on ensuring the democratic and accountable attainment of human rights for all and environmental preservation. FEAs are rooted in principles and value of care for all life forms, the promotion or women’s autonomy and leadership, cooperation and solidarity, democracy, and pluralism, valuing of local knowledge, and freedom from gender-based violence. 

Moderator – Wangari Kinoti – Head of the Women’s Rights Team – ActionAid International Keynote speech – Ruth Nyambura - African EcoFeminist Collective 
Discussant 1 - Miriam Nobre - World March of Women                                         Discussant 2 – Sonia Vidal - La Via Campesina                                                   
Discussant 3 – Andrea Collins, University of Waterloo 

Debate with intervention from the audience 


13.30-15.00(CEST) (Rome Time, check your time zone here)

Africa responds to the UNFSS: Let’s reclaim our food sovereignty and transform the industrial food system

Organized by: 
African organizations participating in the Autonomous people's response to the UN Food Systems Summit
EN | FR | ES | PT interpretation available

We Africans reject the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS), as a continuation of the neocolonial development and agrarian extractivist agenda on our continent.
The UNFSS paints African food systems as deficient, and in need of more Western saviour technology, productivity and competitive enhancement. Yet this will only serve to further weaken systems already eroded by decades of state neglect and economic subordination.
Strengthening African food systems, and food producers, needs to be grounded in human rights, biodiversity and broader socio-ecological wellbeing. This event brings together small-scale food producers, agricultural workers and vulnerable consumers, to collectively voice our priorities and solutions for the continent’s food systems and ecologies.
Together, we can begin to outline a people’s pan-African vision for food system transformation, from the ground up.

Moderator s: 
Mariam Mayet, African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)
Mateus Santos, La Via Campesina (LVC)

Presentation of the common position 
Introduction to the vision 
Pastoralist Yehia Ag Mohamed Ibrahim, Association des jeunes de la commune d'Essakane (ANMATAF) 
The vision we defend / Christiana Saiti Louwa, World Forum of Fisher Peoples, Lake Turkana, Kenya 
What we denounce / Elizabeth Mpofu, Zimbabwe Small Holder Organic Farmers' Forum (ZIMSOFF) – LVC 
What we call for / Dieudonné Pakodtogo, Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et de Producteurs de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (ROPPA) 
Voices from the Ground 
Fisherfolk / Christiana Saiti Louwa, World Forum of Fisher Peoples 
Pastoralists / Hamadi Ag Mohamed Abba, ADJMOR 
Youth and women / Nzira Deus, World March of Women 
Small-scale family farmers / ROPPA 
Peasants / David Otieno, Kenyan Peasant League 
Video: Seed Sovereignty, La Via Campesina 
Urban food insecure / Samuel Ikua, Habitat International Coalition (HIC) 
Indigenous people / Ali Ali Shatu, Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee Conclusion 
Summary of elements of a Pan-African vision and demands 
Discussion: Inputs from participants Next steps 
Closing performance / South African Poet Khadija Tracey Heeger

Universal Food Access: Reclaiming Indigenous Peoples’ Food Systems and Community Supported Agriculture

Organized by:
 Just Food, African Population and Health Research Center, FIAN Norway
English only


An equitable and sustainable food system is one that is rooted in the Right to Food for all. The new narrative of Universal Food Access (UFA) aims to disrupt the current food system that holds food as a segregated commodity and instead protects and values healthy, culturally relevant food as a critical resource to be shared with all in our communities. As we mobilize together to advocate for resilient food systems, protection of smallholder farmers, and resistance towards corporate capture- the time is now! 
In our session, we are going to highlight the innovative policies, community driven actions, and solidarity based food models that make culturally appropriate and nutritious food more affordable and accessible across the globe. Liz Kimani and Liv Elin Torheim will present the concept and the legal foundation of UFA. Sia Pickett will explain how Just Food supports small farm viability while also increasing economic and racial equity within the largest Community Supported Agriculture network in New York City. The session will ask our speakers, panelists and audience how their work supports the right to food, protects farmers, and the collective action needed to make our vision for Universal Food Access and equity in our food system a reality.
Moderator:   Arvid Solheim, FIAN Norway
Facilitator: Qiana Mickie, Urgenci, CSM Coordinating Committee Member, Consumer Constituency


Elizabeth Kimani-Murage, APHRC
Liv Elin Torheim, Oslo Metropolitan University
Sia Pickett, Just Food
Gam Shimray, Director of Asian Indigenous Peoples Pact

The Private Sector's Great Takeover: How multistakeholderism threatens food systems, people & states 

Organized by: 

Transnational Institute (TNI), FIAN International, Focus on the Global South, MAB/LVC Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power, Stop Impunity and for Peoples' Sovereignty, People’s Health Movement (PHM), Friends of the Earth International (FoEI)
Interpretation available in EN | ES

Multistakeholder governance and “networked multilateralism” are displacing multilateralism in key economic, social, environmental, and sustainable development policy matters. Multistakeholderism is marginalizing not only governments - especially those from the South - in making key policy and program decisions and but also civil society organizations and communities'.  The center of a multistakeholder group is not the State but one or more transnational corporations joined by a group of their 'friends' from civil society, the UN system, selected government agencies, and the academy. Under “networked multilateralism”, the United Nations system is not seen as the global policy setting and leadership body but only one of many actors in globalization. For affected communities, social movements, and international civil society this shift in centrality in global governance from governments to transnational corporations is more than worrying. In this roundtable we aim at exposing with examples and cases why and how we see the new, corporate designed and dominated multilateralism a serious threat to food sovereignty, and sustainable, local food systems. Make clear what the impacts both on global governance institutions and the privatization of democracy, as well as on peoples´ lives. And sharing our visions and ideas on how to overcome Multistakeholderism and strengthen peoples’ sovereignty.

Harris Gleckman, (TNI)  
Sofia Monsalve (FIAN International)
Kirtana Chandrasekaran, (Friends of the Earth International)
Claudio Schuftan, PHM
Tchenna Maso (MAB/LVC Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power, Stop Impunity and for Peoples' Sovereignty)


 Gonzalo Berrón (CPTeam TNI) & Shalmali Guttal (Focus on the Global South) 


15.30-17.00 (CEST) (Rome Time, check your time zone here)

The role of agricultural workers in feeding the world

Organized by:
International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) 
EN | FR | ES interpretation available


According to the ILO, 1.1 billion people work in agriculture around the world with 40 % of working as waged workers on plantations and farms. Agricultural workers help feed the world and in many countries they have been classed as “essential” during COVID-19 pandemic; however, this does not mean their conditions have improved. Many continue to work in poor health and safety conditions, receive poverty wages and remain largely unable to organize due to widespread legal exclusion from the national labour laws protection. Trade union rights are often restricted or repressed and few workers can access their fundamental right to freedom of association. Only 5% of workers in agriculture have any access to labour inspections or legal protection of their health and safety rights.The event will focus on the important role agricultural workers play in food production and on their systematic exclusions from labour law protections. The IUF will launch a report celebrating 100 years of ILO Convention 11 on the right of association in agriculture, a key instrument to ensure “all those engaged in agriculture” have “the same rights of association and combination as to industrial workers”. Convention 11 remains a key tool for agricultural workers to access their rights and to engage in collective bargaining, critical for lifting themselves out of poverty and hunger and winning safe work.


Session chaired by Sue Longley, IUF General Secretary     
Shikha Bhattacharjee, GLJ-ILRF (India)   
Baldemar Velasquez , FLOC (USA)     
Frank Ulloa, REL-UITA (Costa Rica)   
Mopholosi Morokong, IUF Africa (South Africa)  
Concluding remarks by Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary 

The struggle for Food Sovereignty in the Caribbean and Latin America: How to transform agri-food systems so that they are sustainable, healthy and a common good for humanity?

Organized by: 
Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica de Puerto Rico CLOC-LVC International & FIAN Colombia 
EN | FR | ES interpretation available


During this panel and discussion we will be accompanied by peasants, researchers, agrarian organisations, human rights and civil society organisations and food sovereignty activists from the Caribbean and Latin America who every day are building sustainable, healthy and people-owned agrifood systems, challenging the corporate interests of the industrial agricultural model and the commodification of nature.


Jesús Vázquez Negrón, Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica de Puerto Rico (CLOC - La Vía Campesina Caribe)
Islanda Micherline Aduel, Têt Kolé Haití (CLOC - La Vía Campesina Caribe)
Lieser Ramirez Pujols, Asociación de Jóvenes Emprendedores Sembrando para el Futuro de FEDECARES, República Dominicana (CLOC - La Vía Campesina Caribe)
Hernando Salcedo Fidalgo, coordinador línea de nutrición de FIAN Colombia
Mercedes López Martínez, Directora de Vía Orgánica y la Asociación de Consumidores Orgánicos en México
Janine Giuberti Coutinho, Coordinadora del Programa de Alimentación Saludable y Sustentable del Instituto Brasileno de Defensa del Consumidor - Idec
Alejandro Calvillo, director “El poder del consumidor”, México.

Smoke and mirrors: How the UNFSS is promoting corporate food systems via false solutions, the cases of Industrial livestock and nature based solutions

Organized by: 
Global Forest Coalition, National Forum for Advocacy (NAFAN), Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), GRAIN, ETC Group, Third World Network (TNW), World Animal Protection (WAP)

I nterpretation available in EN | ES

We aim to show how the United Nations processes on climate, biodiversity and food taking place, which are supposed to benefit the common good, have become dominated by corporate interests looking to secure profits at the expense of people’s rights, livelihoods and animal welfare. This space will emphasize the need to put control of food production back in the hands of small food producers, the need of agroecology for food sovereignty, and improved animal welfare. Industrial livestock and feedstock production, a key driver of deforestation, still receives massive subsidies despite its role in human rights abuses, greenhouse gas emissions, and threat to public health. Yet the agro-industrial livestock model continues to gain strength through false claims of sustainability such as ‘sustainable intensification,’ or that certain meat and dairy products are not linked to deforestation. Likewise, new concepts of “nature-based solutions” and “nature positive food” perpetuate the industrial model by allowing agribusiness to continue their activities while offsetting their destruction via “nature projects”.  Hence, we will present peoples’ solutions for food system change and environmental justice as well as measures to control the overexploitation of resources, respect indigenous peoples and local communities’ rights, and to end animal suffering.

Simone Lovera (GFC), 
Henk Hobbelink (GRAIN) 

Silvia Ribero (ETC), 
Bhola Bhataraii (NAFAN)
Kamal Rai/ FoEI

Facilitator: Kirtana Chandrasekaran (Friends of the Earth international)

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17.30-19.00 (CEST) (Rome Time, check your time zone here)

The True Costs of “Highly Developed” Industrial Food Systems

Organized by: 

North American organizations participating in the Autonomous people's response to the UN Food Systems Summit
EN | FR | ES interpretation available 

This panel, organized by members of CSM NA collective, will explore the interconnection between industrial agriculture, settler colonialism, racial oppression and systemic violence in our food systems here in Turtle Island (Canada and the United States). As the UN Food System Summit gears up to rebrand more industrialization of North American food systems as “nature positive,” we are in a unique position to assert the social, economic, and ecological consequences of our dominant food system and how antithetical it is to the very transformation we need across global food systems. Organized as an informal moderated conversation, this panel will feature the voices and experiences of small producers, Indigenous peoples, farm workers and youth from across Turtle Island. 

Noah MacDonald, from SAAFON (USA)
TBD, from Justicia for Migrant Workers (Canada)
Jim Goodman, NFFC's Board President (USA)
Bridget Larocque, Arctic Athabaskan Council (Canada)
Qiana Mickie, QJM Multiprise (USA)

Tyler Short (Family Farm Defenders and CSM Youth) and Ayla Fenton (Loving Spoonful and National Farmers Union)

The journey of Food Sovereignty movements: challenges and future perspectives

Organized by: 
International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC).
EN | FR | ES interpretation available


Food Sovereignty emerged in 1996 as the needed paradigm shift against hunger and poverty. 25 years later, we know that it is also fundamental to ensure our survival on Earth. The social movements will discuss on food policies, self-determination, Human Rights and redistribution of capital and resources. What have we learned from the experiences of social movements?Through these 25 years, our experiences of self-organizations, struggles and institutional commitment and confrontation made the Food Sovereignty movements reached its maturity. Yet, despite out historical achievements, the TNC and the neo-liberal orthodoxy managed to push, co-opt and re-shape both the international institutions and the general discourse on food policies more than we did.The panellists will go through the way our Social Movements engaged with the international spaces, the example on how food sovereignty transform in practice the life of communities, the limitations with the pandemic and which are the possible future scenarios. Is this the moment to rethink our strategy for Food Sovereignty? How to use our past experience to organise the changes 25 years later? 


Moderators: Paula Gioia (Germany, LVC) and Naseegh Jaffer (South Africa, WFFP)
Saul Vicente (Mexico, IITC)
Perla Alvarez (Colombia, LVC)
Melissa (Colombia, MAELA) – IPC WG on Youth 

Agroecology for Food Sovereignty: the pathway to transform the food systems we must defend

Organized by:

 La Via Campesina (LVC), MAELA, Friends of the Earth International (FOEI)
EN | FR | ES interpretation available


Taking into account the increasingly massive and diverse “understanding” of Agroecology, we believe it is important to present at the Counter Pre-Summit our vision of Agroecology and our analysis of the threats to it posed by the Summit, as part of the attempts to the corporate capture of Agroecology. The session will have three keynote speakers on Agroecology as a way of life and movement; Agroecology as practices and science; and the threats the Summit pose to Agroecology. After that, there will be a space for questions and comments from the participants and closing remarks by the keynote speakers.


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CLOSURE | 28 July 2021

28 July 2021 From 2 pm to 4 pm CEST (Rome Time, check your time zone here) 

The Concluding Panel will aim at: providing a space for interregional perspectives and dialogue, present impressions and preliminary conclusions of Days 1-3 of the countermobilization, and discuss the way of the in the run-up to the Summit and beyond

14:00-14:45 CEST Space for interregional perspectives and dialogue

Voices from the regional processes in Latin America, Africa, Asia and North America will speak about the key messages they want to share with the other regions. 

Moderator: Alberta Guerra, ActionAid, member of the Liaison Group
Speakers: Musa Sowe, ROPPA, African Regional process 
Corina Munoz, World March for Women, Latin American Regional process 
Pramesh Pokharel, All Nepal Peasants' Federation (ANPFA), International Coordination Committee member of LVC, Asia Pacific Regional Process 
Ayla Fenton, National Farmers Union, and 
Tyler Short Family Farm Defenders, North American Regional Process

14:45- 15:30 CEST Preliminary conclusions of Days 1-3 of the countermobilization

Moderator: Nzira Deus, World March of Women, member of the Liaison Group 
Celebrating the Rally. Presenter: Magdalena Ackermann, Society for International Development 
Key elements of the policy dialogues. Three short interventions (3 min each) on each of the policy dialogues. 
Dialogue 1 - Capture of Narrative; False versus Real Solutions. Presenter: Paula Gioia, ECVC/LVC Dialogue 2 - Corporate Capture of Governance.   Presenter: Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South 
Dialogue 3 - Corporate Capture of Science.   Presenter: Elisabetta Recine, Brazilian Alliance for Healthy & Adequate Food 
Word Cloud of Day 3. Presenter: Charlotte Dreger, FIAN International 
Open dialogue: space for comments, reactions and additional contributions from the audience. 

15:30-16:00 CEST The way ahead …

Nzira Deus, World March of Women, member of the Liaison Group 

First intervention: Towards September: Strategies to Challenge the Summit 
Speaker: Jordan Treakle, US National Family Farm Coalition, member of the Liaison GroupSecond intervention: Towards 2022 – Announcement of Global gathering 2022 
Speaker: Saul Vicente, International Indian Treaty Council, on behalf of the International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty (IPC) 
Closing remarks by the moderator

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