Lindros strives for the best solutions to take us into a sustainable future, Food Sovereignty is a path to that future
“Food sovereignty” is a term coined by members of Via Campesina in 1996.Food sovereignty is the claimed “right” of peoples to define their own food, agriculture, livestock and fisheries systems, in contrast to having food largely subject to international market forces.
Food security is part of the section 27 Constitutional rights in South Africa. On these rights, the Constitution states that every citizen has the right to have access to sufficient food and water, and that “the state must by legislation and other measures, within its available resources, avail to progressive realization of the right to sufficient food.
South Africa faces the following key food challenges:
- To ensure that enough food is available to all, now and in the future;
- Is to match incomes of people to prices in order to ensure access to sufficient food for every citizen.
- To empower citizens to make optimal choices for nutritious and safe food;
- To disseminate adequate and relevant information to ensure analysis, communication, monitoring, evaluation and skills transference regarding the impact of food sovereignty programmes on the target population.
The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life”. Commonly, the concept of food security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people’s dietary needs as well as their food preferences.
Lindros strives to allow individuals, community projects and co-operatives obtain food in a dignified manner which is produced in ways that are environmentally sound and socially just through policies which are ecologically, socially, economically and culturally appropriate to their unique circumstances.
Food Sovereignty and Food Security are not just a poverty issue; it is a much larger issue that involves the whole food system and affects every one of us in some way