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Nyéléni 2007 - Forum for Food Sovereignty. 23rd - 27th February 2007. Sélingué. Mali
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Nyeleni 2007-Forum for Food Sovereignty about to get under way

Preparations for the opening of Nyeleni 2007-Forum for Food Sovereignty are complete. It is expected that more than 500 delegates from organizations of peasants, women, indigenous communities, fisherfolk, shepherds, etc. from all over the world will take part in the event, which will run from 23 to 27 February in Selingue, a village in rural Mali, 140 km from Bamako, the capital.

The press conference to introduce the Forum to the local and regional media was held this morning, 21 February, attended by representatives of regional and international peasants’ and women’s social movements. Alberto Gomez, leader of the Mexican peasant organization UNORCA and a member of Via Campesina’s International Coordination Committee, set out the political objectives of the Forum: the creation of common strategies in the fight for the right to food sovereignty, a fight which, as Gomez pointed out, includes defending peasant agriculture and confronting the industrialized, export-oriented agriculture of the multinationals. According to Gomez: “in order to achieve food sovereignty it is essential to promote public policies that foster peasant and family agriculture and combat social exclusion”.

The director of Friends of the Earth Swaziland, Thuli Makama, said that Nyeleni 2007-Forum for Food Sovereignty is a process and an opportunity for organizations of women, peasants, fisherfolk, etc. to engage in debate and establish working strategies in favour of food sovereignty. Makama explained the seven themes on which the Forum is based and said that the most important element in all of them will be “the local control of resources, which will determine food sovereignty”.

On 22 February, immediately before the Forum begins, a meeting of women was held in Selingue coordinated by the World March of Women with the aim of discussing common strategies and contributions in favour of food sovereignty. Nana Aicha Cisse, coordinator of the World March of Women and Secretary of CAFO, the Coordination of Feminist Organizations of Mali, introduced the day-long meeting, stressing the need to articulate the struggle and the defence of natural resources (seed, land, water, etc.) as humankind’s inheritance.

Finally, the coordinator of ROPPA, the Network of Peasant Organizations and Producers in West Africa, Magha Mohamoud, pointed to the Structural Adjustment Policies promoted by the World Bank and the IMF as the main culprits responsible for the food dependency of countries in the region, causing the break-up and privatization of basic services. Mohamud [sic]defended the food capacity of the countries of the South to provide for their own peoples.

Esther Vivas 21 February 2007

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  2. Food sovereignty: for a future without hunger
  3. Forum in Mali:Building consensus
  4. ROAD TO NYELENI 2007 – N°1
  5. ROAD TO NYELENI 2007 – N°2
  6. Press Kit
  7. Nyeleni 2007-Forum for Food Sovereignty about to get under way
  8. Food Sovereignty: a citizen’s proposal
  9. Food sovereignty is earnestly needed for “developed country” of Japan
  10. Draft Declaration of Food Sovereignty for the Japanese Farmers and Consumers
  11. Brazil: Social Movements Change Strategy for Lula’s Second Term
  12. Women and farmers campaign for food sovereignty
  13. Food for the people
  14. Food sovereignty is key
  15. Stédile: “WTO, IMF, the World Bank, and all this international shit do not represent people’s interests”
  16. Peter Rosset: "strong alliances and action for the future" in the struggle for food sovereignty
  17. Nyéléni 2007- Final declaration
  18. The Struggle of US Farmers at the Forum on Food Sovereignty
  19. The food Mexicans eat is controlled by companies"
  20. First Conclusions of the World Forum on Food Sovereignty
  21. The WTO, the IMF, the WB and all these International Bullshit Do not
  22. Peter Rosset: "Specific Alliances and Future Action
  23. In search of autonomy and food sovereignty
  24. Making progress with the creation of alliances and a common strategy for food sovereignty
  25. The struggle of US agricultural workers has come to the World Forum for Food Sovereignty
  26. One more step forward in the struggle for food sovereignty
  27. Strengthening Maghreb’s Peasant Participation
  28. Women’s Declaration on Food Sovereignty
  29. Mali, a Country in Search of Food Sovereignty
  30. DECLARATION OF NYÉLÉNI
  31. Mexico is a dangerously dependent country because of its lack of food sovereignty
  32. PLANTING SEEDS FOR MOTHER EARTH
  33. UNCONVENTIONAL GATHERING