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Food sovereignty.The people’s alternative.

Ernest Cañada, 2006

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Summary :

With the right public policies, family farmers and rural workers’ associations are perfectly capable of developing a sustainable agriculture, producing high quality harvests mainly for local and national markets. This meets the needs of the population, safeguards natural resources and protects the health of producers and

consumers.

Far from the backwardness some associate with the Nicaraguan countryside, the rural community has made great efforts, with virtually no public support, to acquire new skills and improve production. Two examples are chemical-free Integrated Pest Management and the conservation of native seeds. Both represent new modes of production and technological innovation; both strengthen rural communities instead of weakening them.