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Peter Rosset: "Specific Alliances and Future Action

Tuesday 27 February 2007, by maitreuweb

International trade and agriculture, traditional knowledge, production
models, natural resources, territories, migrations and social movements’ responses to natural disasters: all these issues were
discussed during the second day of activities of the World Forum on
Food Sovereignty.

According to Peter Rosset, member of the Forum’s Steering Committee,
the main goal of the movements and organizations that participate in
the forum won’t be "to look for consensus on a concept or paradigm,
but on a group of common strategies" aimed at building other food
systems, alternative to the corporate and transnational current model.

"It is clear that the peasant sector cannot change the food system
alone; it needs strong alliances with consumers, environmentalists,
indigenous peoples, women, fishermen and even herders", Rosset—who is a member of the Center for Studies on Rural Change in Mexico

Rosset said these important steps are being taken and the process of
the World Forum on Food Sovereignty is a en example of this. According
to Rosset, there have been advances in the struggle for food
sovereignty, both at a regional level—mainly in Africa—and in the
strategy to build alliances between diverse sectors.

Rosset said there is exchange and coordination at the forum. "It is a
forum aimed at making proposals, shaped as a dialogue between diverse sectors that are interested in building other food systems for their peoples".

"Peasants were aware of the food sovereignty concept, but the
perspective of the indigenous peoples is also very interesting,
because the concept refers to peoples, not countries", Rosset said.

"The exchange between these sectors, fishermen, herders, consumers and environmentalists, is what enrichs this forum", he added.
Regarding the advances achieved in Africa, Roseet said "it is the place where we can move forward faster. Even the governments cannot
stand the free trade and imports model or the ’dumping’ humanitarian
aid. Although I believe

Africa is arriving late to the debate, it will lead the struggle for food