La Via Campesina
|Motto||Globalising hope, globalising the struggle!|
|Founded at||Mons, Belgium|
La Via Campesina is an international movement bringing together millions of peasants, farmers, rural women and youth, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends peasant agriculture for food sovereignty, promotes social justice and dignity and opposes corporate driven agriculture.
The network was established in 1993 in response to the increasingly industrial agriculture everywhere in the world. It fights to protect family-level, small and medium farms, sustainable agriculture, women's and farmers' rights. The movement advocates for food sovereignty and agrarian reforms.
Purpose of La Via Campesina
The three main "struggles" of La Via Campesina are:
- Defending food sovereignty, struggle for land and agrarian reforms
- Promoting agroecology and defending local seeds
- Promoting peasant rights and struggle against criminalisation of peasants
History of La Via Campesina
Narrative of change
Scope of La Via Campesina
La Via Campesina is a global organisation, starting bottom-up and preserving its grassroots character.
182 local and national organisations from 81 countries comprise La Via Campesina, representing about 200 million farmers.