In Food Sovereignty

Many organizations at the UN are working towards food sovereignty or food justice. Our colleagues at the NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger at the United Nations maintain a list of the related UN resources.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations writes that “In addition the environmental imperative, there is a moral one: We simply cannot allow one-third of all the food we produce to go to waste, when 870 million people go hungry every day.”

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s 2013 report “Wake Up Before It Is Too Late” emphasizes the need for regional and rational agriculture not based on extractive industrial practices.

ToU also works with Vandana Shiva and the Seed Freedom project, which protects the right to save and exchange open-pollinated, non-GMO, non-patented seed.

The Women Who Restored Jungles” describes how the women of Odisha, India restored biodiversity in their region and took control of their own food supply.

Ample Harvest provides fresh produce to food pantries, many run by religious communities, by helping 42 million home and community gardeners nationwide to end food waste by connecting them to these local services, enabling them to donate their excess produce — using online database technology. 

USAID provides an online course illustrating the linkages between agriculture, food systems, and nutrition. Starting from two realistic scenarios, the course describes benefits and opportunities for integrating nutrition into food system policies, investments, and programs.

Additional resources include Tristram Stuart’s book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal. A third of the world’s food supply is wasted; we’re chopping down forests to grow more food, and a billion people are still going hungry.

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