Food Sovereignty was first proposed by the International Peasant movement La Via Campesina in 1996.
It has grown into an entirely different framework for organising food and agricultural policies internationally, regionally and locally.
The European Food Sovereignty Movement consists of European farmers, civil society organisations, and local initiatives who spread the concept and try to unite themselves in the struggle for food sovereignty. Friends of the Earth Europe is part of the steering committee of the movement in Europe.
In order to reinforce the movement, the first food sovereignty 'Nyeleni' forum was organised in Austria. This forum was the first step towards a more united movement with collective objectives to change food and agriculture policies in Europe and globally. The aim of the forum was to better define what this term means to Europeans. The main outcome is a declaration endorsed by the more than 300 national representatives of European countries and signed by more than 150 civil society organisations.
The declaration can be found at here.
The 2010 European food declaration can also be found here.
Grassroots, initiatives, farmers, organisations who share the vision of the declaration are invited to join the movement and support the struggle.
Friends of the Earth Europe is actively involved in the efforts to strengthen the movement and promote food sovereignty.