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Food Sovereignty: Organizations & People

Originally created for GS 291 JanPlan 2015

NGOs (Non-governmental Organizations

Banner for La Via Campesina

ACB: African Centre for Biosafety
"Supports efforts towards food systems that are equitable and ecologically sustainable, built upon the principles of food sovereignty/agro-ecology."

AGRA: Growing Africa’s Agriculture
"A dynamic partnership working across the African continent to help millions of small-scale farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger."

Community Alliance for Global Justice
“Founded by Seattle-area activists who helped to organize the historic shutdown of the World Trade Organization meeting in 1999.”

FIAN International
"FIAN’s mission is to expose violations of people's right to food wherever they may occur. We stand up against unjust and oppressive practices that prevent people from feeding themselves."

Focus on the Global South
“Established in 1995 to challenge neoliberalism, militarism and corporate-driven globalization while strengthening just and equitable alternatives.”

Food First: The Institute for Food and Development Policy
“Envisions a world in which all people have access to healthy, ecologically produced and culturally appropriate food.”

“Works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems.”

Grassroots International
“Works in partnership with social movements to create a just and sustainable world by advancing the human rights to land, water, and food through global grantmaking, building solidarity across organizations and movements, and advocacy in the US.”

Growth Partners Africa
“Based in Nairobi… we apply commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for our partners.”

Human Rights Watch
"Defends the rights of people worldwide. We scrupulously investigate abuses, expose the facts widely, and pressure those with power to respect rights and secure justice. Human Rights Watch is an independent, international organization that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all."

The International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty (IPC)
“An autonomous and self-organized global platform of small-scale food producers and rural workers organizations and grass root/community based social movements to advance the Food Sovereignty agenda at the global and regional level.”

La Via Campesina
“International movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world.”

“Navdanya is a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 17 states in India.”

“Main goal is to strengthen the grassroots of the movement, by providing accessible material on key issues and creating a space - for individuals and organisations involved in the struggle - to exchange their experiences and share information.”

ROPPA (Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organizations of West Africa)
“A network of Peasant organizations and Producers in West Africa.”

Researching Organizations & People

Always read the "About Us" or "Who We Are" section of an organization's website, but don't stop there.

To get further information from different perspectives, use the resources listed below (and other databases) to search the names of people and organizations. 

Also, check the indexes of relevant books.

Academic Search Complete
Interdisciplinary database, providing very current news publications. Use the People Index for best results.

Lexis Nexis Academic Universe
Among news resources, includes broadcast transcripts.

Business Source Complete
Search under Company information tab.

Link to Colby Libraries' newspaper guide

ProQuest Congressional
Individuals and organizations often are called to testify before Congress, and those remarks and accompanying documentation can provide valuable data and insight.


Use library resources to find reliable scholarly material, but Google can also be used, with caution. Always check for currancy, authority and bias. Who put up the material? Are they promoting a certain view or cause? How could this affect the information presented?

The Advanced Search option can give you more control. Click the gear icon in the upper right corner of your first results to get to the Advanced Search template. Try searching by .edu or .gov.

Other Search Tips

 Google Scholar can also sometimes be useful.

Learn to identify authoritative sources on the Web, and understand biases.  Ask a librarian if you have questions.  Most current government and organizations put their documents on the Web.  Learn how to cite legitimate Web sites and documents.

IGOs (Inter-governmental Organizations)


Wikipedia can be useful start to research and especially helpful identifing people and organizations, but as with many resources on the Web, use with caution and check all entries for authority.  Ask a librarian if you have questions!  Do not cite in research papers! 

A Wikipedia entry for the organization, Navdanya:

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