The organisers

The International Steering Committee is in charge of organising the Forum for Food Sovereignty. Other organisations not listed here, specially workers’ trade unions and consumer defence movements, have also been invited to participate in the Forum and to take part in its organisation.

The steering committee is made up of two people per organisation, and when possible one is a delegate from Africa and the other is from another part of the world. An effort will be made to assure gender balance among delegates.

Via Campesina

La Vía Campesina is an international movement made up of peasant organisations of small and medium farmers, farm workers, women and indigenous communities of Asia, Africa, America and Europe. It’s an autonomous movement, plural in nature and independent of any other movement, political, economic or otherwise. It’s composed of national and regional organisations which remain strictly independent. The movement is organised in 8 regions: Europe, Northeast and Southeast Asia, South Asia, North America, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Africa.

- Maryam Sissoko (Mali)
- Paul Nicholson (Europe)

International operative secretariat:
Jin. SMA 14 No 15A, Dewi Sartika, Jakarta 13640 Indonesia
Tel/fax: +62-21-80882492


Le Réseau des Organisations Paysannes et de Producteurs de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (Network of farmers and producers organisations of West Africa)
ROPPA was officially created in July 2000 during a meeting in Cotonou of around 100 peasant leaders mandated by their organisations. It’s a grouping of organisations or networks” from 10 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo). This group is not closed and its medium term ambition is to include farmers organisations from all the countries of ECOWAS, which covers the West Africa.
Contact via Web : and CNOP

The World March of Women

The World March of Women is an international network which struggles against all forms of discrimination. The WMW campaigns for equal access to natural resources and to work. It denounces neo-liberal policies which have worsened the situation of women.
The WMW carries out awareness raising and education actions to combat poverty.
Contact : Miriam Nobre -– Brazil via Web:

World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fishworkers (WFF)

Pedro Avedaño
102 Bank – Suite 202, Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5N4 Canada

World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP)

Herman Kumara
No.10, Malwaththa Rd., Negombo, Sri Lanka.
Tel.++-94-314-870658/ ++-94-31-22-39750 Fax.++-94-31-4-872692
Email :

IPC – International NGO/CSO Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty

Based in Rome, the IPC plays the role of liaison bureau between the civil society organisations interested in food sovereignty and the UN agencies involved in agriculture and food issues.
Antonio Onorati
International Focal Point
+39/ 340 82 19 456

NGO members of the Food Sovereignty Network

- Aksel Naerstad – Development Fund – Oslo Norway – Tel +47 23109591 Email :
- Andrianna Natsoulas – Food & Water Watch – Tel + 1 202 797 6550- Email

Friends of the Earth International

Friends of the Earth International was created in 1971 by four organisations from France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Sweden. Today it is a federation of 71 national-level groups, more than 5000 local groups and over 1.5 million members. They mobilise on common international campaigns against nuclear energy, whale hunting and the use of biotechnology in agriculture. Friends of the Earth International campaigns since 1996 includ the recognition of the right to food sovereignty.
Contact Friends of the Earth International: Alberto Villarreal
San Jose 1423, 11 200 Montevideo, URUGUAY
Tel/Fax: 5982 902 2355 or 5982 908 2730