“We feed our peoples and build the movement to change the world!”: International Peasant Movement prepares to converge for its VIIth Conference

Press release, Harare, May 25, 2017:

2017-05-25 Banner Web - VII Conf EN.jpg“We feed our peoples and build the movement to change the world!” - is the call that will carry hundreds of delegates of the international peasant movement La Vía Campesina, to the Basque Country from the 16th to the 24th of July to celebrate their VIIth Conference.

The International Conference of La Via Campesina (LVC), held every four years, is the movement's highest decision-making forum - gathering representatives from member organisations of peasants, small and medium size producers, landless people, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers - from all over the world. Collectively representing over 200 million people, these delegates will decide common strategies and host internal debates for the growing global movement.

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Peasant networks and the future of food

Silvia Ribeiro—ETC Group

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-05-22-LVC_protests.jpg“Peasant and indigenous farming is the only kind of agriculture that can respond to the great dilemmas of humanity: interrelated crises involving food, the environment, energy, and urbanization,” explained Valter Israel da Silva, of the Movement of Small Producers (MPA), a member organization of La Via Campesina in Brazil, during the Elikadura 21 encounter. Despite the forceful nature of his message, Valter spoke with a calm voice. It is not a slogan, but rather his conclusion after 25 years of movement experience in La Via Campesina, including the many years of collective analysis with allied organizations and critical academics that have contributed elements to his understanding.

It is also the central question of the Colloquium “The Future of Food and Challenges for Agriculture in the 21st Century,” which took place in Vitoria Gasteiz from April 24th to 26th, organized by Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies (ICAS), Transnational Institute (TNI), Etxalde and EHNE Bizkaia—Via Campesina. The encounter brought together more than 450 researchers, academics and members of peasant movements, fisherfolk, herders, feminist organizations and urban groups of conscious consumers, among others.

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La Via Campesina: VIIth International Conference - Press Kit

2017-05-12 VII Conf Final Poster Web EN.jpgThe international peasant’s movement La Via Campesina invites journalists from around the world to cover our VIIth International Conference, which will be held in Derio, Bizkaia (Basque Country), 16th – 24th July 2017. This will be preceded by the IVth International Assembly of LVC Youth and the Vth International Assembly of LVC Women.

In the current context of economic, environmental, and food crises, peasant movements from around the world will discuss the alternatives that food sovereignty and peasant farming offer in the face of agribusiness and the neoliberal model policies. The international peasant movement will look for strategies against green capitalism, land grabbing and the grabbing of other common goods which put the balance between the earth and humanity in danger.

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International Launch of La Via Campesina’s 7th International Conference

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-14-Foto_Comunicado_VII_Conferencia.jpgLa Via Campesina Press Release

(June 13th, 2016)  On June 10th, La Via Campesina, together with members of the Political Coordination Committee, held a public event in Derio to mark the beginning of the process leading to the 7th International Conference, which will be held in the Basque country in July 2017. The International Conferences take place every four years. They constitute La Via Campesina’s highest collective decision-making body and its most important space for debate and discussion and for developing a mobilisation agenda for the peasant and farmer movement.

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