RWA Swaziland: Agroecology for food sovereignty

The concept of food sovereignty is rooted in old food traditions as well as historical struggles for autonomy for millennia, Indigenous peoples, subsistence and peasant farmers and others who had developed and managed sustainable food systems. Colonization often dismantled traditional gathering and production practices and replaced them with methods that devalued local cultural knowledge about how to store, grow, and distribute food in a sustainable manner.  

The principle is that the people themselves should be at the center of food and agriculture policies. All people have the right to sufficient, healthy, and culturally appropriate foods. It believes that people should manage their food systems. A food system involves a comprehensive range of actors and activities that contribute to the production, processing, distribution, consumption, and disposal of food products.

In the case of rural women and the efforts they have done to manage the seed system and decolonize food is to continuously keep their indigenous/traditional seeds which the government has tended to criminalise in most African countries solely because they are promoting capitalist trade. The idea is for people to be vulnerable and wait for the same colonisers who said we are now independent to feed us. 

This food given to us comes from Genetically Modified Organism and has done nothing either than having each and every household with people who suffer from sugar diabetes, hypertension or any other diseases related. This control is to ensure we keep supporting the pharmaceutical companies. The rural women’s Assembly in Swaziland had in this month held a training on the United Nation Declaration on the rights of Peasants (UNDROP). This was to gear the farmers with a tool as they struggle to access land among other struggles in their communities which will allow them manage what they produce and eat. On another note the training also focused on Farmer Managed Seed Systems (FMSS). Sometimes the Rural women’s seeds get spoiled while being saved mainly because the knowledge of storage is not well known, but this was to equip them so that each home has a seed bank and they can store their own indigenous seeds properly. 

On another note farmers were given fruit trees to plant a tree that will also act as food and income generation for SRWA members 

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