Globalizing hope, globalizing the struggle!
La Via Campesina is an international movement bringing together millions of peasants, small and medium size farmers, landless people, rural women and youth, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. Built on a strong sense of unity, solidarity between these groups, it defends peasant agriculture for food sovereignty as a way to promote social justice and dignity and strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture that destroys social relations and nature.
Founded in 1993 by farmers’ representatives from four continents in Mons, Belgium, La Via Campesina today comprises 182 local and national organisations in 81 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. It works “at scale” with 200 million small holder farmers and peasants all over the world. The movement is not focused on elevating a singular charismatic leader, but rather works as a coalition of over 150 organizations globally. Via this decentralized network, each organization is working to further local agricultural solutions that build climate resilience and provide sustainable sources of healthy foods to communities.