Via Campesina, La Archives

Biographical / Historical Note

La Via Campesina (The Peasant Road) is the international movement of peasants, small- and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants, and agricultural workers from around the world; founded in Mons, Belgium, in 1993 by farmers’ representatives from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America; through Via Campesina small-scale farmers’ organizations are heard by institutions such as the FAO and the UN Human Rights Council; Via Campesina launched the idea of ‘Food Sovereignty’ at the World Food Summit in 1996; food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through sustainable methods and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems; Via Campesina is a grassroots mass movement whose vitality and legitimacy comes from farmers’ organizations at local and national level; the movement is based on decentralization of power between nine regions; the coordination is done by the International Coordinating Committee; the International Secretariat rotates; it was in Belgium (1993-1996), Honduras (1997-2004), then in Jakarta, Indonesia and now in Harare, Zimbabwe. See also the own website of La Via Campesina.

Content

Correspondence 1993-2007; documents on meetings of the International Coordinating Committee of and on conferences organized by Via Campesina 1994-2006; documents on the founding of Via Campesina 1993-1994; documents on the FAO World Food Summit in Rome in September 1996 and the follow-up conference five years later also in Rome 1996-2002; documents on the African Farmers’ meeting in Dakar, Senegal 1998; documents on the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform 1999-2004; documents on the first International Assembly of Women Farmers in Bangalore, India 2000; documents on the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India 2004; documents on the Tsunami Relief Campaign 2005; documents on the Forum for Food Sovereignty in Nyéléni, Mali and its declaration 2007; newsletters and press releases 1993-2005; documentation 1993-2013.

Accrual 2013: documents on the La Via Campesina VI International Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, 6-13 June 2013.

Accrual 2017: documents and other materials on the La Via Campesina VII International Conference in Derio, Basque country, Spain 19-24 July 2017.

Related Material

See the archives of Coordination Paysanne Européenne, also at the IISH.