Food sovereignty

Food sovereignty is the right of nations, countries, or federations of states, as well as local communities, to determine their own agricultural and food policy without dumping goods on third party countries. It is the right to self-determination, to an autonomous choice of the ways to produce and consume food, without giving up the decision-making to the mechanisms of the free market and international corporations operating in the agricultural and food markets. This self-determination also includes respecting independent decision-making (food sovereignty) of others. Food sovereignty is about providing food security based on local systems of production and distribution, in which food is perceived, above all, as the source of nutrition for people, and only then as the object of exchange.
[Polityka na talerzu. Przewodnik po agroekologii i suwerenności żywnościowej, p. 9]

Marta Łukowska, member of the Nyéléni Polska food sovereignty movement, was a guest of the debate Changing habits – the first step towards food sovereignty held on 16 February 2021. She talked, among other things, about what food sovereignty and agroecology are, and how we can support the transformation of the food system.

Marta Łukowska, doctor of psychology, member of the Polish movement for food sovereignty Nyeleni Polska. Eco-farmer, herbalist, apiarist, agroecology educator and deep ecology coach. Member of Wawelska Kooperatywa Spożywcza (food cooperative). In 2017, she completed a course in permacultural design and a two-year programme of ecological farming at the Ecological Folk High School in Grzybów. Graduate of a year-long Academy of Deep Ecology. Co-organiser of two editions of the National Food Sovereignty Forum.

Publication Polityka na talerzu. Przewodnik po agroekologii i suwerenności żywnościowej (Politics on a Plate. A Guide to Agroecology and Food Sovereignty), can be downloaded here (in Polish)

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Will permaculture save the world?

Will permaculture save the world? Warsaw-based activist and educator Klaudia Kryńska talked about permaculture during the debate Edible city. Towards a new model which was held online on 13 April 2021.

Klaudia Kryńska, graduate of Applied Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Warsaw. Urban gardener, for 6 years involved in the work of Communal Garden run by the Służew Cultural Centre (SDK), member of the Agro-Perma-Lab Foundation. Educator and activists working for food sovereignty.


Permaculture in Poland

Permaculture Gardens

Permisie Real Permaculture


Transformacja Foundation

Dolina Mgieł


Permaculture international organisations and initiatives

Discover Permaculture

Permaculture Education Institute

Permaculture Research Institute

The Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute

Permaculture Association

Permaculture Women’s Guild

Free Online Permaculture Courses

European Compost Network

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International Forum of Permaculture Educators

On 16 May 2021 Biennale Warszawa in cooperation with the Agro-Perma Lab Foundation organised the International Forum of Permaculture Educators. The public programme was divided into three topical blocks, build around values: COMMUNITY, SENSIBILITY, IMAGINATION which we deemed crucial in thinking about education and permaculture. The purpose of that meeting was sharing practical tools for permaculture education, personal philosophies and inspiring experiences. We tried to understand permaculture not just as a tool for designing gardens, settlements or eco-villages, but in a broader sense, as the opportunity for creating deep relationships with the land and people, forming communities producing food now and in the post-pandemic future. If we understand permaculture not just as a tool for designing gardens, settlements or eco-villages, but in a broader sense, as the opportunity for creating deep relationships with the land and people, forming communities producing food now and in the post-pandemic future.

Poster of International Forum of Permaculture Educators, design: Michał Dąbrowski

Video footage of the entire Forum can be accessed here


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Growing Food in Pandemic

Capital Food is the largest food growing network in London. It supports people and communities to grow food in the city. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020/2021 Capital growth worked with over 50 gardens to grow food for the local communities.
This video presents how during the pandemic people were growing and sharing food in London.

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Cracow Urban Farm

How to become a farmer in the city?

The first urban farm in Poland operates since April 2020 in Cracow. It is based on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model. The farm delivers packages from mid-May to late October. To grow vegetables, they use compost and ecological seeds.

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Soil not Oil

Vandana Shiva is a philosopher, ecofeminist and food sovereignty activist. This is her keynote speech during the Soil not Oil International Conference in 2015 that was inspired by her book titled “Soil not oil”.

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Circular Economy

During the debate Edible city. Towards a new model held online on 13 April 2021, Piotr Woźniakowski from the National Centre for Climate Change presented the principles of circular economy in the context of adapting cities to climate change.

Piotr Woźniakowski junior Expert in the Department of Adaptation to Climate Change in the Polish National Centre for Climate Change (KOZK). He obtained his master’s degree in Climate Change from the University of Copenhagen. Fellow of the European student scholarship Climate-KIC Master Label Programme, organised by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology. He expanded his knowledge on climate change also during a 6-month exchange with the University of Colorado Boulder in the USA. He has advisory experience in the area of Circular Economy and Sustainable Development.

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