Plan Pueblo a Pueblo obtains 2019 Food Sovereignty award granted by US alliance
An international delegation of solidarity with Venezuela made up of members from the United States, England and Ireland, on Monday shared pleasant impressions on the experiences of popular organization for the production and distribution of food of the Venezuelan people, in resistance to the criminal blockade formalized by the government from the United States.
The delegation is made up of Fra Hughes of Palestine Aid Belfast of Ireland; Robert Suberi from Veterans for Peace; Jenny Bekenstein, from Friends of the Association of Field Workers, of the USA; Wendy Emmett, from the Solidarity with Venezuela Campaign of the British Communist Party; John Brownlee, Independent, USA; Scott Reed, from Riverland Farm, USA; Judy Reed, Professor Emeritus Keen State College, USA; Stephen Bartlett, from the Alliance of Food Sovereignty, USA and William Camacaro, from the Bolivarian Circle “Alberto Lovera”, New York, USA.
The young Bekenstein stressed that they have corroborated that the Venezuelan people produce their food despite the criminal measures imposed by the United States government, and do so through organizational forms such as the Plan Pueblo a Pueblo, which creates a system allowing the rural and urban sectors to have food sovereignty.
Regard this, Stephen Bartlett, representative of the Alliance, explained that they considered that the Plan Pueblo a Pueblo manages to link the production of the peasants with the most needy people in the cities and towns.
He stressed that the Plan Pueblo a Pueblo has managed to prevent food from being used as a weapon to pressure a people and force them to surrender before the effects of an orchestrated blockade from the White House.
On behalf of the Plan Pueblo a Pueblo, Laura Lorenzo, from Trujillo state, said that it focuses on social organization for production and that the network to which it belongs began in 2015, in Carache, in what they call the route “Argimiro Gabaldón”, which operates in Lara, Portuguesa and Trujillo, where the country people plan the production and the consumers, through a census, plan what they need to eat.
He said they have been producing for 197 weeks; totaling 1 million 700 thousand kilograms of food and more than 300 thousand families served in these five years, with an approximate area of 200 hectares cultivated with more than 35 items, including potato, tomato, paprika, onion, leek, garlic, Cassava, banana and yam.