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1 Food Sovereignty as one answer to the Care-Crisis Tina Goethe SWISSAID WIDE Annual Conference, June 09

2 Women as food provisioners Women play an important role in -producing -processing -storing -trading -marketing -buying -cooking … of food => All along the food chain, from producers to consumers (paid and unpaid work)

3 Women in Food Production Worldwide: women are responsible for half of the world’s food production In African countries: women account for 60% of the labor force and produce 80% of the food in most developing countries South-Asia: women do 90% of the work in the rice cultivation Women are majority of urban food producers in many cities around the world And still: 70 percent of the world hungry are women and girls

4 Urban agriculture Mrs Obama in her organic garden at the White House

5 Urban agriculture Kitchen garden in Colombian City

6 Kitchen garden in rural India

7 Kitchen garden in rural Colombia

8 Women as food provisioners

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10 Ecuadorian woman producing potatoes

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12 SWISSAID Seeds’ Campaign

13 Corporate Food Chain at-a-glance: Top 10 revenue share: Growth in only 5 years

14 Corporate control of the world market Top Ten Seeds corporation: 67% (1.Monsanto, 2.DuPont, 3.Syngenta) Top Ten Agrochemicals corporations: 89% (1.Bayer, 2.Syngenta, 3.BASF)

15 Corporate Concentration within the Food Chain Food and Beverage Processors: Top Ten control 26% of global market (1.Nestlé) Food Retailer: Top 10 sell 40% of grocery sold by the Top 100 (1.Wal-Mart, 2.Carrefour, 3.Tesco)

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18 Food Sovereignty “Food Sovereignty is the right of individuals, communities, peoples and countries to define their own agricultural, labour, fishing, food and land policies, which are ecologically, socially, economically and culturally appropriate to their unique circumstances. It includes the true right to food and to produce food, which means that all people have the right to safe, nutritious and cultural appropriate food and to food- producing resources and the ability to sustain themselves and their societies.” International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty, 2002/2004

19 Food Sovereignty in the IAASTD “Food Sovereignty is defined as the right of peoples and sovereign states to democratically determine their own agricultural and food policies.” (IAASTD, Global Summary for Decision Makers 2008)

20 The right to food and the right to produce food priority of local production to feed people locally => local markets access of smallholder farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolk and landless people to land, water, seeds and livestock breeds and credit => true land reforms the recognition of the rights of women farmers the right of consumers to decide what they consume => no GMOS (e.g.) the right of countries to protect themselves from under-priced food imports => no dumping the need for agricultural prices to be linked to production costs => fair prices agro-ecology as a way not only to produce food but also to achieve sustainable livelihoods, living landscapes and environmental integrity => organic and biodiverse production

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22 Consumer‘s Choices Buy... * Local * Seasonal * Fair * Oranic

23 Thank you for your attention


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