GAGGA voices on COVID-19: Food sovereignty


Now is the time to rethink our systems with a holistic approach, and start promoting policies and practices that lead to [the] planet’s ecological stability, cultivating biodiverse richness in our forests and farms, and thus bringing us health through our food and analog forestry.

                       — Lubica Bogantes, International Analog Forestry Network

Women environmental defenders have been planting the seeds for a better future that prioritizes the wellbeing of all people and the planet over profit, fighting for their rights to defend our environment and the sustainability of life. Now more than ever in the face of COVID-19, there is an urgent need to support their struggles; if the protection of their human rights isn’t prioritized, we are putting our movements and opportunities to create positive systems change at risk.

In more than 60 audio recordings, our partners in Latin America, Asia and Africa shared similar challenges of repression, exclusion, violence and food insecurity exacerbated by the pandemic. Many partners are experiencing food shortages as daily wages disappear and movement is restricted. In crises like these, women are often hit hardest as those responsible for the family’s food and water. Click play on the 11-minute audio and listen to the solutions and alternatives our partners are coming up with, exemplifying how women lead in times of crisis (translated subtitles provided).

You can also read a message on these audio stories from the Executive Directors of GAGGA’s alliance members here, and listen to our partners and allies speak about alternative economies, human rights and other topics below:

The illustration used in this audio was designed by Eli López.


Learn more about the partners featured in the podcast

*Partners are listed in order of appearance.

Yoseling Guardado, Colectiva Feminista para el Desarrollo Local, El Salvador

Lubica Bogantes, International Analog Forestry Network

Anuja Shrestha, TEWA, The Nepal Women’s Fund

Carmen Aliaga, Colectivo CASA, Bolivia

Bhanu Kalluri, Dhaatri Trust, India

Angela, Avu Lagoon Women Development Organisation, Ghana

Centre For Nursery Development And Eru Propagation, Cameroon

IP woman from Agusan del Sur, Philippines

Unicer Martínez, Asociación de Comités Ecológicos del Sur de Honduras

The women of the dry corridor, Nicaragua


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