This is a mobilization call for participation for the 2nd Nyéléni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty. The 2nd Nyéléni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty will be held between 26-30th October 2016 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Some 700 - 1000 participants who work on food sovereignty from the entire pan-European area of 42 countries will take part in the forum. The second Nyéléni Europe Forum aims at amplifying our movement in Europe, and strengthening our vision of how to put the principles of Food Sovereignty into practice.
This is the Synthesis Report & Action Plan of the Nyéléni Europe 2011 in Krems, Austria. It presents the results of the first Food Sovereignty Forum in Europe. Civil society and peasant farmers’ organizations & movements call for Europe‘s Common Agricultural Policy to be changed to adopt the Food Sovereignty framework. In recent years, collective land struggles, consumer-producer networks, community supported agriculture and other initiatives have emerged, are putting Food Sovereignty into practice at a local level.
Europe’s people are now experiencing the first structural adjustment policies which governments are imposing on their populations that until now have been imposed on peoples in other regions in particular the Global South; this with the sole interest of saving capitalism and those who benefit from it (private banks, investment groups and transnational corporations). All signs are that in the near future these antisocial policies will become more severe and extensive.
We, over 500 representatives from more than 80 countries, of organizations of peasants / family farmers, artisanal fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, landless peoples, rural workers, migrants, pastoralists, forest communities, women, youth, consumers and environmental and urban movements have gathered together in the village of Nyéléni in Sélingué, Mali to strengthen a global movement for food sovereignty. We are doing this, as we live here in huts constructed by hand in the local tradition, and eat food that is produced and prepared by the Sélingué community. We give our collective endeavor the name “Nyéléni” as a tribute to the legendary Malian peasant woman who farmed and fed her peoples well.