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:
- GAGGA voices on COVID-19: Alternative economies
- GAGGA voices on COVID-19: Human rights
- Individual GAGGA voices on COVID-19
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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