Telling the stories of the farmers and fishing communities who really feed the world, Gaia’s We Feed the World exhibition reached an audience of 50 million people when it was launched in 2018. Now we are gathering together these stories, and the beautiful photographs that illustrate them, in a new book, to be published in November 2020 by Little Toller.

An Ibizan farmer and his beloved chickens. Photo: Laura Hynd for We Feed the World

Smallholder farmers grow seventy per cent of the world’s food on less than a quarter of the planet’s agricultural land. Traditional fishing communities provide over fifty per cent of all the fish we eat.  Yet these communities are often overlooked and constantly find their livelihoods threatened by the industrialised agriculture and commercial fisheries that undermine the biological diversity on which we all depend.

Over a period of three years, Gaia invited forty renowned photographers to document the working lives of smallholder farmers and fishing communities in six continents. The poignant and intimate portraits they co-produced tell us stories of resilience, community, nutrition, resilience, community, nutrition, agroecology, women’s empowerment, and the critical role of seed and food sovereignty in navigating the climate emergency. They are also an expression of grassroots resistance to the forces that continue to exploit our living planet.

We are delighted to announce the publication of the timely and important We Feed the World book, which gathers together world class photography and elevates the voices of the people who really feed the world.

With a foreword from our friend and renowned food sovereignty activist, Vandana Shiva, the book features the work of photographers including Martin Parr, Tanya Habjouqa, Reyes Morales, Katrin Koenning, Rena Effendi, Pat Kane, Rankin, Jordi Ruiz Cirera, Kate Peters, Laura Hynd, Pieter Hugo, Stefan Ruiz, Jason Taylor, Carolyn Drake, Susan Meiselas, Jo Ractliffe, Graciela Iturbide, Omar Victor Diop, and many more.

You will be able to order your copy from Little Toller this November- stay tuned for publication here! 

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