Recently, La Via Campesina received a request to participate in a civil society “council” to the WTO executive. After careful consideration, we decided to decline this invitation. Through this open letter, we wish to explain why we believe it is impossible to reform the WTO in a way that is favourable to peasants and, more generally, to the interests of the people.
La Via Campesina expresses solidarity with the Haenyeo in their struggle to protect the ocean in Jeju, South Korea
Haenyeo, meaning “sea women” in Korean, are the women divers of Jeju who have spent decades free diving in the ocean multiple times a day. The ocean is not merely an ocean for them; it is their livelihood and lifelong home. Cutting into the ocean is akin to cutting into their own bodies.
17 April 23 – Peasant struggles are the main frontier of resistance against agribusiness and extractivism
On this important occasion, member organizations and allies expressed their resistance against the harmful consequences of agribusiness and the extractive industry, which pollute the soil, water, and commons.
Frontiers of an effective Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations (TNCs)
This document compiles the reasoning and most important arguments the Global Campaign for Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and Human Rights as mandated by Resolution 26/9 of the UN Human Rights Council.
The struggle against mega-basins is a struggle for life
Elsewhere, in line with capitalist injunctions to “decarbonise” economies, water-intensive mining and the construction of large dams are accelerating, destroying territories still populated by peasant and Indigenous communities. In 2020, water was even listed on the stock exchange in the US.
La Via Campesina Warns of Democratic Frailty in Ecuador
As a movement present worldwide, we call on our member organizations, allies and multilateral institutions to remain alert to the events in Ecuador. We call to pay special attention to the peasant sector, those who feed the country, the montubio people, Afro-descendants and indigenous people, as well as the artisanal fisher-folk.
Training module N°5 on “The collective rights of peasants in global seed governance” now available
The 5th Training Module on “The collective rights of peasants in the global governance of seeds” is now available! This module is a pedagogical tool that aims to contribute to the understanding of the global struggle for peasant seeds. it is dedicated to the study of the main spaces of governance and international legal tools related to the right to seeds.
From Mons to the World: La Via Campesina Celebrates 30 Years of globalizing peasant struggle and solidarity
On May 15, La Via Campesina will celebrate its 30th anniversary of the formal founding of global peasant movement. This celebration is a reflection of three decades of commitment to the realization of social justice, human dignity and food sovereignty through peasant agroecology, popular feminism and peasant rights.
La Via Campesina Denounces Israeli Aggression in Gaza and Stands in Solidarity with Palestine
The cessation of Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip is an immediate necessity. Israel’s actions against the vulnerable Palestinian population should not go unaddressed. It is incumbent upon the global community to enforce restraining measures and hold Israel accountable for its transgressions against humanity.
Colombia: La Via Campesina’s International Solidarity Mission expresses hope, praises the political will to achieve peace.
An international delegation of La Via Campesina (LVC), the international peasant movement accompanying the implementation process of the Peace Agreement in Colombia expresses its satisfaction and hope, and praises the political will of the current Colombian government to implement the agreement.
Call for the 8th Conference from the ICC meeting in Colombia | #8ConfLVC
We call on everyone who is part of La Via Campesina to build our 8th Conference, to be held from November 21-28, 2023 in Bogota, Colombia.
La Via Campesina supports the creation of an agrarian jurisdiction in Colombia
As an international peasant movement, we recognize the importance of agrarian justice measures that guarantee the transition and express our full support for the creation of an Agrarian Final Court.
La Via Campesina’s Annual Report | 2022
In 2022, LVC voiced strong demands and proposals to address the global crises in the short and long term. The easing of travel restrictions allowed peasant and indigenous leaders to travel to spaces of policy-framing and decision making, to make themselves heard and be counted.
2023 | April News Wrap: Highlights from La Via Campesina Members Worldwide
The April edition of the news wrap brings you updates and alerts from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas. This includes a feminist encounter in Central America, a forum on land struggles in Mali, a forestry and agroforestry workshop in Scotland, and much more.
On May Day the NFU Calls for Action on Migrant Rights and UNDROP
The National Farmers Union (NFU) calls on the federal government to immediately adopt the 2018 UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP), which defines the rights that must be upheld to ensure that a diversity of food producers are respected and have their voices heard, and which Canada has yet to support.
Eldorado do Carajás massacre: 27 years later, movements denounce new ‘rural militias’
“We are experiencing a reorganization of the UDR”, defines Lucineia Durães, from the MST’s national leadership. She refers to the Ruralist Democratic Union (UDR), an entity of rural employers created to react organized and violently to the advances of movements in defense of agrarian reform in the 1980s and 1990s in Brazil.
President Widodo expands the application of agroecological agriculture and continues organic fertilizer subsidies
President Joko Widodo highlighted the importance of fertilizer availability, particularly for strategic food, in preserving food sovereignty in the face of present global difficulties. According to him, the use of organic fertilizers not only addresses the issue of chemical fertilizer shortage and expensive cost, but also increases agricultural production in the country and maintains soil fertility levels.
International Call – We are water defending itself !
More than 300 peasant, indigenous, environmentalist, feminist and trade union organisations from all over the world invite to support the struggle against megabasins and the struggles for water as commons.
LVC Southern and Eastern Africa Region Launches UNDROP Booklet in eight African Languages
This #17April2023 – International Day of Peasant Struggles – LVC Campesina Southern and Eastern Africa launches the LVC UNDROP booklet in eight African languages to ensure that many peasants have access to and use UNDROP to defend their rights.
17 April: Faced with global crises, we build food sovereignty to ensure a future for humanity!
The struggle for justice and dignity is significant as we celebrate the Day of Peasant Struggle on April 17. On this day, La Via Campesina reaffirms the central elements for a political project to ensure a future for humanity.
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