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Video: Hugo Chavez
Video Message to Nyéléni 2007 from the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.

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The international Nyéléni newsletter aims to be the voice of the international movement for Food Sovereignty . Its main goal is to strengthen the grassroots of the movement, by providing simple material on this issue and creating a space - for individuals and organisations involved in the struggle - to exchange their experiences and share information.


Nyéléni Newsletter Num0 on land and References Num0

Nyéléni Newsletter Num1 on climate change and References Num1

Nyéléni Newsletter Num2 on factory farms and References Num2

Nyéléni Newsletter Num3 on farmers’ seeds and References Num3

Nyéléni Newsletter Num4 on food price volatility and food markets

Nyéléni Newsletter Num5 on Nyéléni Europe

Nyéléni Newsletter Num6 on women and food sovereignty

Nyéléni Newsletter Num7 on fishery and climate change

Nyéléni Newsletter Num8 on water

Nyéléni Newsletter Num9 on land grabbing

Nyéléni Newsletter Num10 on "green" economy

Nyéléni Newsletter Num11 on food and cities

Nyéléni Newsletter Num12 on migration and agriculture

Nyéléni Newsletter Num13 on Food Sovereignty

Nyéléni Newsletter Num14 on rights and repression

Nyéléni Newsletter Num15 on smallholder agri-investments

Nyéléni Newsletter Num16 on peoples struggle against WTO

Nyéléni Newsletter Num17 on youth and agriculture



DECLARATION OF NYÉLÉNI

We, more than 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, brick by brick, 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 “Nyléni” as a tribute to and inspiration from a legendary Malian peasant woman who farmed and fed her peoples well.

Most of us are food producers and are ready, able and willing to feed all the world’s peoples. Our heritage as food producers is critical to the future of humanity. This is specially so in the case of women and indigenous peoples who are historical creators of knowledge about food and agriculture and are devalued. But this heritage and our capacities to produce healthy, good and abundant food are being threatened and undermined by neo-liberalism and global capitalism. Food sovereignty gives us the hope and power to preserve, recover and build on our food producing knowledge and capacity.

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Forum coverage
1 May 2007
Forum in Mali:Building consensus
by João Pedro Stedile The global Forum on Food Sovereignty that took place in Mali, Africa, represented an important landmark in the building of connections between international networks and social movements sharing this common goal. It also enabled us to establish a much wider common concept of food sovereignty.
The problems of hunger and poverty in the countryside and the lack of markets for farmers’ own agricultural products have been significant and multiplied during the last 30 years. (...) Read the whole article
23 April 2007
Food sovereignty: for a future without hunger
by Irene León
The town of Selingué in Mali, Western Africa, hosted the Food Sovereignty Forum - Nyéléni 2007- from 23 - 27 February 2007. Peasant organizations, small scale farmers, fisherpeople, shepherds, indigenous peoples, forest communities, women, consumers, environmentalists and some urban groups participated to strengthen the global movement involved in defending a future without hunger.
In order to accommodate the Forum and its 600 participants the communal space of Nyéléni, near (...) Read the whole article
2 April 2007
Synthesis Report

This is the Synthesis Report of Nyéléni 2007, Forum for Food Sovereignty, that took place in Sélingué, Mali from 23rd - 27th February 2007.

At Nyéléni 2007, we debated food sovereignty issues in order to: A) deepen collective understanding; B) strengthen dialogue among and between sectors and interest groups; and C) formulate joint strategies and an action agenda. Our debates gave food providers as well as environmentalists, consumers and urban movements the strength and power to fight for food sovereignty in Mali, the rest of Africa and worldwide.

This report is a brief synthesis of our deliberations, conclusions and agreed actions. It provides a summary of the six pillars of food sovereignty, a resume of our discussions in the thematic working groups, a summary of the joint actions that we propose to take and some examples of the actions proposed by Regions and Sectors.

Download the PDF file of the Synthesis Report .

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20 March 2007
UNCONVENTIONAL GATHERING
The Nyeleni 2007 Forum for Food Sovereignty in Mali was not your usual global conference of diplomats and policy makers; the six-day programme initiated by and for the underprivileged worldwide was marked by a spirit of international solidarity
In Mali, the fish are caught by small scale fishermen for consumption by people in their own areas. - Photos by SUPARA JANCHITFAH The economy of Dena Barry’s village is based on the raising and herding of livestock. (...) Read the whole article
PLANTING SEEDS FOR MOTHER EARTH
Women delegates from all continents at the World Forum on Food Sovereignty renewed heir commitment to self reliance in food and social justice
This open-air auditorium served as the venue for delegates from 98 countries o exchange their ideas and formulate their action plans to fight for food overeignty. Lamduan Serathong participated in one of the small forums of people from outheast and East Asia to analyse the problems that farmers are encountering nd what they (...) Read the whole article
13 March 2007
Mexico is a dangerously dependent country because of its lack of food sovereignty
In Mexico, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States and Canada has been in force since 1994. The brutal impact on Mexican agriculture and on farming communities has been cumulative over those 12 years. However, according to farming leader Alberto Gómez, currently “amendments in favour of multinationals have become more shameless. There are more and more opportunities for governments to give multinationals public money.”
It is stipulated that for 2008 agricultural (...) Read the whole article
3 March 2007
Mali, a Country in Search of Food Sovereignty
An organizer of the world meeting on the subject, in Africa, reports on the social movements challenge to oppose multinationals, and says that the continent’s utmost challenge is to build up public policies that respond to internal needs.
Africa is also peace and social organization. In an interview to the Brazilian newspaper Brasil de Fato, one of the Malian organizers of the World Forum for Food Sovereignty, Mamadou Goïta, who is a member of the Institute for Research and Promotion of (...) Read the whole article
2 March 2007
Women’s Declaration on Food Sovereignty
We, women from more than 40 countries, from different indigenous peoples of Africa, the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania and from different sectors and social movements, have gathered together in Sélingué (Mali) at Nyéléni 2007 to participate in the creation of a new right: the right to food sovereignty. We reaffirm our will to act to change the capitalist and patriarchal world which puts the interests of the market before the rights of people.
Women, who throughout history have been the (...) Read the whole article
28 February 2007
Strengthening Maghreb’s Peasant Participation
Salim A. Bourras
No doubt Nyéléni 2007, the World Forum for Food Sovereignty, is the largest gathering of peasant movements in the beginning of this year. Focused on peasant issues linked to food sovereignty, this forum had a strong participation of peasant, social and citizen movements from around the world. However, by lacking representation, the countries of the Maghreb find themselves in a peculiar situation. It is true that the NGOs often incorporate peasant demands, but here it is about (...) Read the whole article
One more step forward in the struggle for food sovereignty
The Forum for Food Sovereignty is coming to a close. After five days of intense debate and meetings in the countryside at Selingue (Mali), peasants, fisherfolk, women, herdspeople, consumers, etc. have approved a final declaration in which they present a series of specific demands in the struggle for food sovereignty and the strategies for achieving it, and in which they condemn the imperialist and neo-liberal system which confronts them.
The objective of food sovereignty is to place at (...) Read the whole article
The struggle of US agricultural workers has come to the World Forum for Food Sovereignty
Immigrant workers represent a major part of the workforce in the United States and, although there are no exact figures, it is presumed that 80% of workers involved in agricultural production are not natives of that country. As a result, the agricultural sector is different from other sectors, with insecurity blighting the lives of its workers, often making unionization difficult for them.
"Two things make it difficult for them to organize themselves: one is the fact that the workers (...) Read the whole article
27 February 2007
Making progress with the creation of alliances and a common strategy for food sovereignty
The Forum for Food Sovereignty, which is currently taking place in Selingue (Mali), is making progress on the tasks it has set itself. More than 500 delegates from 98 countries, especially invited for the forum, have come together over the past few days to meet in seven thematic groups. Their objective was to debate and establish strategies in relation to food sovereignty, as well as what we must fight for, what we must fight against and what action we can take. Based on the results of (...) Read the whole article
In search of autonomy and food sovereignty
Sélingué, 25 February - Silvia Ribeiro was charged with communicating the conclusions of the first day of work of the multi-sectoral group which discussed the theme of Local Knowledge and Technology. Ribeiro began by saying that herdspeople and representatives of indigenous communities had not been well represented in the group, but that the number of peasant participants from all over the world had been high.
Summarizing the discussion within the group, Ribeiro said: "What we saw during the (...) Read the whole article
Peter Rosset: "Specific Alliances and Future Action
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 (...) Read the whole article
The WTO, the IMF, the WB and all these International Bullshit Do not
Joao Pedro Stedile is one of the main leaders of the Brazilian Rural Landless Workers Movement (MST) as well as an icon of the international peasant struggle. Stedile is participating in the World Forum on Food Sovereignty in Selingue, Mali, along with other 600 delegates from 118 countries. He was in charge of reading the contributions of the MST and the other Brazilian movements that are part of Via Campesina, to the forum’s action plan and final document.
"I think that we have to include (...) Read the whole article
First Conclusions of the World Forum on Food Sovereignty
The first conclusions of the working groups of the World Forum on Food Sovereignty were revealed on Saturday, at a plenary session where all the delegates that are taking part in the forum were present.
The first group, which discussed international trade policies and local markets, emphasized the opposition to bilateral and regional free trade agreements as well as the multinational institutions that force the southern countries to adopt neoliberal policies. The group also expressed its (...) Read the whole article
The food Mexicans eat is controlled by companies"
The Free Trade Agreement signed between Mexico, the US and Canada has been in force since 1994. In these 12 years the negative impacts on the Mexican agriculture and the peasant communities have increased, but according to peasant leader Alberto Gómez, nowadays "the amendment of laws to favor transnational corporations has become evident". The government gives more and more opportunities to transnational corporations with public monies.
It has been estimated that by 2008 agriculture trade (...) Read the whole article
The Struggle of US Farmers at the Forum on Food Sovereignty
Immigrant workers are a great part of the labor force in the United States. Although there are no exact figures, it is estimated that 80% of the workers in the farming sector are foreigners. This makes the agriculture sector special. The farmers work under insecure conditions and it is hard for them to form trade unions.
Tirso Moreno, general coordinator of the Farmerworker Association of Florida said "There are two things that make their unionization difficult, one of them is their (...) Read the whole article
Nyéléni 2007- Final declaration
[; DECLARATION OF NYÉLÉNI; ]
[; 27 February 2007; ]
[; Nyéléni Village, Sélingué, Mali; ]
[; Declaration of the Forum for Food Sovereignty, Nyéléni 2007; ]
We, more than 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 (...) Read the whole article
DECLARATION OF NYÉLÉNI

We, more than 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, brick by brick, 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 “Nyléni” as a tribute to and inspiration from a legendary Malian peasant woman who farmed and fed her peoples well.

Most of us are food producers and are ready, able and willing to feed all the world’s peoples. Our heritage as food producers is critical to the future of humanity. This is specially so in the case of women and indigenous peoples who are historical creators of knowledge about food and agriculture and are devalued. But this heritage and our capacities to produce healthy, good and abundant food are being threatened and undermined by neo-liberalism and global capitalism. Food sovereignty gives us the hope and power to preserve, recover and build on our food producing knowledge and capacity.

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26 February 2007
Peter Rosset: "strong alliances and action for the future" in the struggle for food sovereignty
The second day of activities at the World Forum for Food Sovereignty began with thematic debates on international trade and agriculture, on traditional knowledge, models of production, natural resources, territories, migrations and responses from the different movements in the face of natural disasters.
Peter Rosset, member of the Forum’s International Steering Committee, sees the principal objective for participating movements and organizations not as "discussing consensus around a concept (...) Read the whole article
Stédile: “WTO, IMF, the World Bank, and all this international shit do not represent people’s interests”
SELINGUÉ, FEB. 24 – João Pedro Stédile is one of the main leaders of the Brazilian Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST in Portuguese), and a reference in the international peasant struggle. At Selingué, the village in countryside Mali where the World Forum for Food Sovereignty, or Nyéléni 2007 (http://www.nyeleni2007.org), is taking place, Stédile is among 600 delegates from 118 countries. With his usual clarity and modesty, he was in charge of presenting MST’s and other Brazilian movements’ (...) Read the whole article
Food sovereignty is key
"Farmers and other citizens in various parts of the world are engaging in a major effort to change the nature of agriculture.
The key phrase is "food sovereignty"; and this weekend, many of the interested parties are gathering for a conference in Mali, one of two countries (the other being Bolivia) which have adopted it as their overarching policy framework for food and farming. "
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Food for the people
Peasants, fisherfolk, shepherds and representatives of indigenous communities are gathered at the World Forum for Food Sovereignty to discuss this concept, which arose as a political proposal submitted by La Vía Campesina during the 1996 World Food Summit, and which puts people at the centre of policies which are being promoted in relation to food systems. Women’s organizations meeting last Thursday in Sélingué (Mali) during a forum analyzing the contributions of women to food sovereignty said (...) Read the whole article
25 February 2007
Women and farmers campaign for food sovereignty
Selingue, a small Malian village near the border with Guinea, is hosting Nyelini 2007 - Forum for Food Sovereignty from 23 to 27 February. The meeting has been organized by Via Campesina, World March of Women, Friends of the Earth and other fisherfolk, pastoralist and consumer organizations. The event is being held in Mali, one of the poorest countries in Africa, in a rural setting in order to be able to discuss agriculture and food in context and to create consistency between proposals and (...) Read the whole article
Brazil: Social Movements Change Strategy for Lula’s Second Term
The most important social movements in Brazil will conduct in 2007 a strategic change in their relationship with President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s administration, of the leftist Workers Party, known as PT. The change will be led by peasant movements such as the Landless Rural Workers Movement (known as MST in Portuguese), and the Small Farmers Movement (known as MPA in Portuguese), to “put the issue of agrarian reform in the government’s agenda.” The new strategy was explained to Radio Mundo (...) Read the whole article
24 February 2007
Draft Declaration of Food Sovereignty for the Japanese Farmers and Consumers
Food sovereignty is earnestly needed for “developed country” of Japan
Nyeleni 2007 Forum for Food Sovereignty 23 – 27 February 2007, Selingue, Mali
[; Position paper National Coalition of Workers, Farmers and Consumers for Safe Food and Health, Japan (SHOKKEN-REN)
Food sovereignty is earnestly needed for “developed country” of Japan; ]
. Background We are a coalition of farmers, women, consumers and workers in Japan, who work for food safety and a stable food supply system, as well as for the sound development of domestic agriculture, which is the basis of (...) Read the whole article
Food Sovereignty: a citizen’s proposal
On Friday, 23 February, the World Forum for Food Sovereignty "Nyéléni 2007" begins in Mali, convened by an alliance of international social movements of peasants, women, fisherfolk, environmentalists and consumers. The seat of the Forum is the village of Sélingué, 140 km from the capital, Bamako. More than 600 participants from 98 countries all over the world will be attending, having set themselves the task of defining a global and collective strategy "so that peoples’ right to food (...) Read the whole article
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, (...) Read the whole article
22 February 2007
Press Kit
1. Objectives of the forum
2. Mali and the village of Selingue
3. Synopses of the program
4. The participants
5. The Steering committee
6. Food sovereignty: What is it ?
7. Accreditation for journalists
1. Objectives of the forum
In face of the failure of neo-liberal politics and the deterioration of living conditions of urban and rural populations, food sovereignty is of interest to a diverse number of political groups and movements. Food sovereignty is the right of people to define (...) Read the whole article
12 February 2007
ROAD TO NYELENI 2007 – N°2
[; Real World Radio - Pre-coverage World Forum Food Sovereignity – Mali, February 2007; ]
WSF 2007 - Nairobi: "Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform in Africa" was Launched
The struggle for agrarian reform has been going on for several decades in Latin America, but peasants have not always been the only ones promoting agrarian reform in the different countries.
Currently, Via Campesina—which gathers peasant movements from all over the world—leads the struggle for agrarian reform in Latin America (...) Read the whole article
8 February 2007
ROAD TO NYELENI 2007 – N°1
[; Real World Radio - Pre-coverage World Forum Food Sovereignity – Mali, February 2007; ] The Forum on Food Sovereignty in progress
Several social organizations from around the world are preparing for the Nyéléni 2007: the World Forum on Food Sovereignty to be held in Mali in February.
It is estimated that 500 representatives will participate in the meeting to "affirm food sovereignty and fine-tune their economic, social, environmental and political implications".
The Forum is being convened (...) Read the whole article