In Europe’s Basque Country, the struggle for food sovereignty is embedded in a broader struggle for political and cultural autonomy. A founder of the international peasant movement La Via Campesina in 1993, EHNE-Bizkaia continues to be at the forefront of innovative and political food sovereignty approaches. Locally, EHNE-Bizkaia offers its more than 6,000 members educational and economic support; its youth program has helped young people return to farming; and it is working to build new relationships between the countryside and regional cities. Due in part to the Basque Country’s vibrant network of small farms, cooperative business and strong local food system, all supported by EHNE-Bizkaia, the region’s rural sector has experienced gains relative to others impacted by the financial crisis.

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