Low External Input Sustainable Agriculture

March 2017 – Food Sovereignty – Last date: 31st January 2017

dsc_8456The March 2017  issue of LEISA India will focus on food sovereignty. For many people, this remains an abstract term and therefore time has come to ‘unpack’ it.  Food sovereignty is about the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. Asia continues to rely on traditional food systems for most of its food supply. But globalization and the entry and aggressive expansion of multinational food corporations, has had major impacts on small scale farmers, traders and consumers. Food and farming systems are taken out of the hands of farmers – shifting control from farmers to a few multinational companies for seeds and chemicals.

On the other hand, the expansion of global and national super markets exerts increasing influence over what people eat and how that food is produced. Cheap packaged and processed food is replacing healthier daily meals influencing the health of the people.

As a resistance to the changing situations, which are not favourable to the small holder farmers livelihoods or to the overall health of the citizens, a number of peoples movements emerged, both at the national as well as at the international levels. For example La Via Campesina, an international peasants’ movement, has been fighting for restoring food sovereignty. Similarly, we find local initiatives such as The Anna Swaraj Abhiyan , by Navdanya, which was launched to connect producers to consumers and the village with the town in direct links through safe, fresh, local and fair food.

In this issue we would like to capture the full range of experiences – from agroecological practices on farms to emerging scientific insights, to linking producers and consumers and participating in movement and alliance building. We want to capture how local initiatives are leading to changes at national and international levels. What are people doing to claim and build their own food sovereignty? What strategies have farmers, fisher people and consumers developed to create space for themselves in the context of large multinationals, agribusiness, and strict regulatory measures that are not in favour of small producers?  How are local experiences shaping and being shaped by global initiatives?

Articles for the March 2017 issue of LEISA India should be sent to the Editors before 31st January 2017. Email: leisaindia@yahoo.co.in