The seeds of La Via Campesina was sown in 1992 in Nicaragua, during the organization of the third Continental Meeting of the 500 years of indigenous, Afro-descendant and popular resistance, as an expression of struggle, resistance and articulation to build an international movement capable of giving voice and resonance to peasants from all over the world, having as common objectives: an explicit rejection of the neoliberal model of rural development, an unquestionable rejection of being excluded from the development of agricultural policy and the determination “not to disappear”.
This common interest and commitment gave rise to the Managua Declaration, signed by representatives of eight peasant organizations from Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Canada and the United States, who met to participate in the Second Congress of the National Union of Farmers and Ranchers (UNAG), also held in Managua on April 25 and 26, 1992.
These meetings led to fundamental episodes in the history of LVC such as the organization of the Continental Campaign for 500 years of Indigenous, Afro-descendant and Popular Resistance and the meeting that marked the beginning of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (CLOC) and the Declaration of Managua that gave rise to La Via Campesina.
In Managua this week La Via Campesina, with support from the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations (Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo – CLOC-Vía Campesina), will hold a commemoration at the Francisco Morazán Peasant Worker School of the Rural Workers Association (Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo – ATC Nicaragua).
Date: Monday April 25th (Only Spanish)
Time: 9hs Managua / 10am Bogotá / 12hs Montevideo / 17h Paris
Livestream on Facebook: @cloc.viacampesina, @RMR.FM
Central act: 30 years of collective struggles, and solidarity
Date: Tuesday April 26th
Time: 10hs Managua / 11hs Bogotá / 13hs Montevideo / 18hs Paris
Facebook livestream: @cloc.viacampesina, @viacampesinaOFFICIAL
In this podcast #79 of Voz Campesina (only in Spanish), Radio Mundo Real interviews peasant leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean to understand the historical moments that led to the creation of La Via Campesina.