Publications

La Via Campesina. 2013 Annual report

cover-annual-report-2013-EN.jpg

Title : La Via Campesina. 2013 Annual report

Year : February 2014

Language : English (also available in French and Spanish)

Summary :

It is difficult to encompass in the annual report of an organization such as La Via Campesina with a membership of 164 organisations in over 79 countries all the activities happening in the regions. This report, however, acknowledges the key activities and the strides taken in 2013 towards achieving the goals of the various campaigns and struggles of the international movement. The annual report is structured in four sections.

Edition : La Via Campesina

Download the publication here

Hidup petani, Hidup!

cover-vith-report-2014-en.jpg

Title : “ Hidup petani, Hidup!”*
Report of the VI international Conference of La Via Campesina, Jakarta, 9 to 13 June 2013
*Long Life Peasant farmers

Year : 2014

Language : English (available also in French and Spanish soon)

Summary :

This report provides a glimpse into the sixth International Conference that took place in Jakarta from the 9th to the 13th of June 2013. 

It is not a detailed description of events, but rather an overview of the key outcomes of the sixth International Conference.

The International Conference is the space where La Via Campesina makes its fundamental decisions. Its political positions, strategies and action plans are formulated here.

Edition : La Via Campesina 

Download the report here.

Revisiting Vietnam Rice : moving towards industrialisation

2012-cover-revisiting-vietnam-rice.jpg

Title : Revisiting Vietnam Rice : moving towards industrialisation 

Year : 2012

Language : English 

Summary :

Asia’s rice-based food is an essential commodity. Therefore, in May 2006, La Via Campesina held the People’s Conference for the Asia and the Pacific on Rice and Food Sovereignty. Rice represents culture, life and sovereignty. In Southeast Asia and East Asia, in addition to Thailand, Vietnam is the largest producer of rice exports. As a country, Vietnam wishes to increase its rice production success. Yet this begs the question of whether the increase in rice production contributes to the welfare of farmers. La Via Campesina sent teams to study and learn from Vietnam in regard to rice production, trade and food sovereignty as well as to explore the way of life and welfare of small farmers.

Edition : La Via Campesina South East Asia

Download the publication here.

Seeds and Peasant autonomy

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_box_2013-11-06-ecuador.jpg

Title : Seeds and Peasant autonomy

Year : 2013

Language : English (available also in French and Spanish)

Summary :

Peasants cannot make their vital contribution to preserving and renewing biodiversity if their rights to re-sow, preserve, protect, exchange and sell their seeds are not recognized and respected. They must also have free access to the genetic resources of the plants they grow. The seeds produced on the farm and the informal exchange of those seeds lie at the heart of their contribution. Unfortunately, this time-honored practice has now been banned in many countries due to increasingly restrictive international rules.

Edition : chapter 5 of Alternatives and Resistance to Policies that Generate Hunger

Download article here

Using the GSF to defend people's right to food

2013-10-15-gsf-manual-en.jpg

Title : Global Strategic Framework for Food security and Nutrition

Year : October 2013

Language: English (Available in French, Spanish)

ContentThis document was set up as a manual on how to use the Global Strategic Framework to promote and defend People's right to adequate food. It is meant as such and not as a common political document of the publishing organizations. The examples presented in this manual do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the publishing organizations.

Edition: Wilma Strothenke

Download the publication here

Organic farming at the Center stage in South East Asia

2013-07-19-agroecology.jpg

Title : Organic farming at the Center stage in South East Asia

Year : 2013

Language: English 

Content:

In a first part, this publication gives technical feedbacks and analysis on Sustainable Rice Based Farming Systems in the Philippines. The book concludes that Organic farming is undeniably, one of the best broad-based development strategies that can be employed to revitalize the agriculture sector. With that said and given that most Southeast Asian countries are dependent on rice, effective organic rice farming can help address not only rural poverty but food security woes across the region.

In a second part, it highlights the main results of a regional exchange on agroecology that took place in the Philippines between South east Asian members of la Via Campesina (from Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Timor Leste). 

Edition: Paragos and La Via Campesina

download the publication here

From Maputo to Jakarta : 5 Years of Agroecology in La Vía Campesina

2013-07-11-publication.jpg

Title : From Maputo to Jakarta : 5 Years of Agroecology in La Vía Campesina

Year : 2013

Language: English (Available in French, Spanish and Portuguese)

Content:

This booklet provides the delegates to the Sixth International Conference of LVC, being held this June of 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia, with some of the key documents produced by the International Commission on Sustainable Peasant Agriculture of la Via Campesina to fulfill its mandate from Maputo.

Among the other activities of the Commission has been a process of identification, documentation, systematization and analysis of our best cases of agroecology inside LVC, for the purposes of socializing the lessons of these experiences to other organizations and countries, and also to produce study materials for our agroecology schools.

Edition: International Commission on Sustainable Peasant Agriculture of la Via Campesina

Agroecological revolution : The Farmer-to-Farmer Movement of the ANAP in Cuba

2013-07-10-publication.jpg

Title : Agroecological revolution : The Farmer-to-Farmer Movement of the ANAP in Cuba

Year : 2013

Language: English (Available in French, and Spanish)

Content:

This book documents the experiences encountered during the implementation of agroecology and sustainable agriculture in rural economies and cooperatives in Cuba. It comes at a time that is not only important but also critical in the worldwide struggle of the peasantry and all who persistently struggle for food sovereignty and the defense of our natural resources. As a synthesis of the Cuban peasant’s experience and documentation of this vanguard movement to promote an develop agroecoloy , it can be used and adopted by peasant organizations around the world.

Edition: ANAP, International Commission on Sustainable Peasant Agriculture of la Via Campesina

download_here.png

Land is life

cover-notebook5-en.jpg

Title : Land is life

Year : 2013

Language: English (Available in French and Spanish)

Content:

This report brings together stories and analyses of farmers’ struggles for land all over the world, as well as Via Campesina calls to actions against land grabbing and for agrarian reform. This publication seeks to present Via Campesina’s struggle for land and its strategy that has developed over the last two decades.

Edition: La Via Campesina notebooks

Our Seeds, Our Future

cover-notebook6-en.jpg

Title : Our Seeds, Our Future

Year : 2013

Language: English (Available in French and Spanish)

Content:

Seeds have a special place in the struggle for food sovereignty. These small grains are the basis for the future. They shape, at each life cycle, what kinds of food people eat, how it is grown, and who grows it. But seeds are also a vessel that carries the past, the accumulated vision, knowledge and practices of farming communities worldwide that over thousands of years created the basis of all that sustains us today.

Edition: La Via Campesina notebooks

download_here.png

Additional information