Food Sovereignty. Brief outline of the basic concepts


“Food Sovereignty is the right of individuals, peoples, communities, and countries to define their own agricultural, labor, fishing, food and land policies which are ecologically, socially, economically and culturally appropriate to their unique circumstances. It includes the true right to food and to produce food, which means that all people have the right to safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food and to food-producing resources and the ability to sustain themselves and their societies.”

IPC – International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty


Food Sovereignty. Brief outline of the basic concepts. A. Dessì, M.F. Nonne, P. Nonne, 2009

This publication from VSF Italy-SIVtro is an attempt to clarify the concept of Food Sovereignty, starting from the analysis of the causes behind food crises. It introduces and describes the conceptual “pillars”, the policies and the actions needed in order to fully achieve Food Sovereignty. The analysis is also placed in the context of the reform process involving the United Nations, and the lively ongoing debate on the governance of the global food system.

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Full version: Italian

Executive summary: English ; Français


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