- Published on Tuesday, 16 July 2013 19:28
IV Women's Assembly - Jakarta, June 2013
We are peasant women of the world that in the course of these 20 years of Via Campesina have worked tenaciously to build a universal, broadly based democratic, politically and socially engaged movement in the defense of peasant agriculture, food sovereignty and the struggle for the land, territories justice, equality and the dignity of peasant women and men.
We are women from various continents and cultures, with common histories and struggles for life, our emancipation and that of our peoples, coupled with the ethical and political imperative of protecting the right to food, defending peasant agriculture, biodiversity, our natural resources and the struggling to end violence in every form, sharpened before this capitalist and patriarchal economical system.
“Via Campesina is a movement that recognizes the full equality and value of both men and women”
- Published on Thursday, 20 June 2013 09:45
Call of the VI Conference of La Via Campesina – Egidio Brunetto (June 9-13, 2013)
(Jakarta, June 12, 2013) We, La Vía Campesina, call rural and urban organizations and social movements to transform and build a new society based on food sovereignty and justice. We gather here strengthened by the spirit of our friends and leaders and all those whose courage and commitment to our struggle inspires us. La Via Campesina, an international peasant movement gathers more than 200 million peasants, small-scale producers, landless, women, youth, indigenous, migrants, and farm and food workers, from 183 organizations and 88 countries. We are in here in Asia home to the majority of the world’s peasants to celebrate our first two decades of struggles.
Coming together in Mons (Belgium) in 1993 and articulating our radical vision of food sovereignty in Tlaxcala (Mexico) in 1996, we have succeeded in repositioning peasant and family farmers (men and women) as a central social actor in the processes of resisting the neo-liberal trade agenda and constructing alternatives. As people of the land we are vital actors not only in the construction of a distinct agricultural model, but also in building a fair, diverse and egalitarian world. We feed humanity and care for nature. Future generations depend on us to protect the earth.
- Published on Thursday, 20 June 2013 02:38
Our Palestinian partners frequently tell us: “To stay – and, frankly, to exist – is to resist.” I heard this same message during the 3rd International Youth Assembly of La Via Campesina (LVC). In a world where the ability to live a dignified life as a small farmer is increasingly challenging whether in Iowa or Indonesia the act of staying, and in some cases “going back” to the land is an act of resistance and courage.
The challenges are enormous. Young and prospective farmers face a hostile environment designed to benefit large agribusinesses and industrial agriculture. In country after country in the Global South policies are put in place that create unsustainable conditions that force mass migrations from rural communities to the urban slums as displaced farmers search for livelihoods. This is not accidental but deliberate.
- Published on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 19:24
At the VI Conference that was held at the beginning of this month in Jakarta, Indonesia, la Vía Campesina confirmed 33 new organisations, making a total of 183 member organisations worldwide, Palestine being one of the new countries. The Palestine Union of Agricultural Work Comittees was confirmed at this conference. It has, nevertheless, been taking part in political activities and carrying out moblisations as Vía Campesina since 2004.
La Vía Campesina has been supporting the Palestinian people’s struggle, demanding respect for the principle of food sovereignty and for Palestinian peasants’ right to work and stay on their land.