La Via Campesina

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La Via Campesina
MottoGlobalising hope, globalising the struggle!
Founded atMons, Belgium
HeadquartersHarare, Zimbabwe
Region served

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.[1]


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:

  1. Defending food sovereignty, struggle for land and agrarian reforms
  2. Promoting agroecology and defending local seeds
  3. Promoting peasant rights and struggle against criminalisation of peasants[1]

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.

Iniatives in numbers


Links to key examples

Numbers of people involved, and indirect beneficiaries

Impacts of La Via Campesina

Ecological impacts

Social impacts

Economic impacts

Impacts in other dimensions

Research on La Via Campesina