The Agricultural Guidance Act (LOA, as per the original French: Loi d'Orientation Agricole) defines and includes commitments on food sovereignty, the family farming system, payments and insurance.
The LOA, particularly with regard to the inclusion of food sovereignty, is the result of dialogue, public forums, debate with the government and the diligence of peasant organisations. The role of CNOP (translated to the National Coordination of Peasant Organisations, whose main objective is to ensure that Malian rural organisations can contribute to a clear definition of agriculture that is central to the concerns and needs of peasant families) was fundamental to the development of LOA through dialogue and debate.
Among other things, the LOA includes the right to food, social equity between men and women, equity between rural and urban sectors, accountability, food security and food sovereignty, and access to land and resources.
Implementing these policies is difficult in a country ravaged by violence and the consequences of climate change.
Information source: Beauregard (2009) "Food policy for people: incorporating food sovereignty principles into State governance. Case studies of Venezuela, Mali, Ecuador, and Bolivia".
- Local institution
- Peasant movement, Peasant organisation