European Citizens’ Initiative Forum for the Right to Food: what’s boiling in the pot?

In April 2023, the inaugural Democratic Forum in Geneva brought together global leaders, activists, and organizations to tackle the critical issues surrounding the right to food and food sovereignty. This landmark event culminated in the creation of the Geneva Right to Food Manifesto, garnering significant support from influential bodies such as the FAO, IFAD, and WHO, as well as endorsements from the UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food and the Chairperson of the Committee for World Food Security. Let’s Liberate Diversity! was invited to present on the current state of agrobiodiversity, the active social movements on seeds, and the latest developments in EU seed reform.

Building on the success of the first Forum, the second Forum was be held in May 2024 with a focused mission: uniting stakeholders to craft a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) aimed at establishing a comprehensive right to food law. This initiative empowers European citizens to participate directly in the legislative process, proposing new laws to enshrine the right to food across Europe.

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Day 1 of ECI Forum for the Right to Food – Géneve, Switzerland

The 2024 Forum, supported by international organizations and esteemed individuals, served as a platform for dialogue, collaboration, and decisive action. By bringing together voices from across Europe, the Forum aimed to forge a collective path towards legislative change, aiming to make the right to food a reality for all.

Drawing inspiration from the first European Citizens’ Initiative on the right to water in 2013, the three-day Forum in May 2024 was organized by Mater Fondazione, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, and other key partners. It elaborated on the documents submitted for the right to food, building upon the Geneva Right to Food Manifesto adopted in March 2023 and the collective work of European right to food experts.

The Forum benefited from the experience of The ECI Campaign and insights from initiators of other ECIs, including the right to water. Participants engaged in working groups addressing legal, advocacy, marketing, fundraising, operational, and ecosystem aspects to ensure the successful registration of the ECI and the launch of a dynamic campaign.

Soon, the finalized texts from the forum will be uploaded and prepared to kickstart the collection process aimed at gathering 1,000,000 signatures.

Give a check to the website of the ECI petition:

Give a check to the program of the forum 

Day 2 at the ECI Forum for the Right to Food

Day 2 at the ECI Forum for the Right to Food