Members of the Via Campesina movement coined the phrase ‘food sovereignty’ in 2006, to strengthen people’s rights across the world to have access to land and take control of their own food systems. For large numbers of peasant farmers globally this represents a significant move towards claiming back their culture, independence and livelihood.

In the state of Andhra Pradesh, in Southern India, landless tribes and marginalised farmers are being supported by an organisation dedicated to developing sustainable agricultural systems. Aranya (‘Forest’) Agricultural Alternatives was set up in 1999 by ...


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