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Via Campesina (International Farmers' Movement)

  • By: Saturnino M. Borras
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

La Via Campesina has evolved as an international movement of poor peasants and small farmers from the global South and North. Initiated by Central, South, and North American peasant and farmers’ movements and European farmer's groups, Via Campesina was formally launched in 1993 in Mons, Belgium. Existing transnational networks of activists located in peasant movements and nongovernmental funding agencies in the North facilitated the earlier contacts between key national peasant movements, most of which had emerged already in the 1980s. By 2008, Via Campesina represents more than 150 (sub)national rural social movement organizations from 56 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, (Western) Europe, Asia, and Africa. Since its birth, Via Campesina's main agenda has been to defeat the forces of neoliberalism.

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