About Food Sovereignty Tours
Food Sovereignty Tours is a project of Food First/Institute for Food & Development Policy in collaboration with Global Exchange Reality Tours. Our goal is to expose the realities of the global food system, educate participants about alternatives, and help you engage with the global movement for food sovereignty. Our program staff is composed entirely of food sovereignty scholars and activists–with extensive travel, teaching and organizing experience–committed to sharing their knowledge and analysis of food and development issues.
First defined by Vía Campesina in 1996, Food Sovereignty is “People’s right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.”
Worldwide, people’s movements for food justice, food democracy, and fair, local, affordable, healthy and “slow” food are demanding transparency, equity, sustainability and democratic control over the way our food is produced, processed, distributed and sold. As this “movement of movements” grows, so too does the need for people and communities to engage, educate and collaborate with one another. Food First’s Food Sovereignty Tours help to deepen awareness of food issues and promote positive change by bringing travelers and activists together on the front lines of the world’s food struggles.
Food Sovereignty Tours draw upon Global Exchange’s 15-years of experience conducting Reality Tours and Food First’s robust, 37-year network of farmer organizations and food activists. Food First’s proud reputation as the U.S.’s foremost think tank dedicated to ending the injustices that cause hunger makes us the go-to organization for understanding the root causes of hunger and the perfect guide for meeting the social movements and organizations transforming today’s food system.
In an increasingly globalized world, travel is more accessible than ever before. The potential for cultural exchange is unparalleled and exciting, but genuine connection to a new place and a new people is not automatic. Using a common interest in food issues as the vehicle for exchange, Food Sovereignty Tours helps you to connect to local people and movements. We work with coordinators and in-country partner who are committed to social responsible tourism. All of our participants are welcomed and hosted by local people, and the majority of the trip cost supports local economies.
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