We, the peasants, rural workers, landless, indigenous peoples, pastoralists, artisanal fisherfolk, forest dwellers, rural women, youth and diversities and other peoples who work in the countryside around the world and united within La Via Campesina, declare that “Faced with global crises, we build food sovereignty to ensure a future for humanity!” towards a just and decent food system for all, recognizing peoples’ needs, respecting nature, putting people before profit and resisting corporate capture.
The 8th LVC International Conference is a space for critical reflection on the structural forces creating global crises, and the power of this moment to build connections between grassroots movements that are developing alternative worlds in the present. It presents an opportunity to deepen understanding of the contradictions and grassroots strategies of resistance.
La Via Campesina, recognizing the importance of engaging and facilitating parents participation, especially women, in the debates and decision-making spaces of the movement, is providing a childcare service during this 8th International Conference. A group of 15 children aged between 2 to 12 years old are being cared for while their parents participate in the conference proceedings.
Honoring the memory of Lee Kyung-hae, who died opposing the World Trade Organization, and emphasizing the importance of expanding agroecology, Kim Jung-yeol, Internal Coordination Committee of La Via Campesina for Southeast and East Asia spoke on the climate crisis, food sovereignty, and women farmers.
In a distressing turn of events, Haiti is grappling with a deteriorating security situation, prompting peasant movements affiliated with La Via Campesina to issue a fervent call for robust international solidarity. They raise their collective voice at the 8th International Conference of La Via Campesina, in Bogotá, Colombia.
On the 4th of December, during the 8th International Conference, in Bogota, La Via Campesina’s allied organizations elaborated on the idea of food sovereignty as an encompassing struggle, explaining how the issues they take up and the battles they wage gain strength from the perspective provided by food sovereignty as a guiding principle and political horizon.
Over 180 peasants’ organizations will meet in Bogota, Colombia’s capital city, to discuss and propose development and food production models that can be an alternative to agribusiness. Over 500 representatives of peasant movements from all over the world will come together to discuss and build food sovereignty to face the current global crisis.
Food sovereignty is the grassroots demand for a rights-based re-organization of the food system, grounded in gender equality, agroecology, and solidarity. The concept first proposed in 1996, has overtime been strengthened to deepen critical analyses of the obstacles and opportunities towards its construction.
After six-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, La Via Campesina’s 8th International Conference ,filled with excitement, roared into life in Bogotá, Colombia. The conference opened on the 1st of December with Youth and women Assemblies. Men Against Patriarchy and Gender Diversities meetings were held for the first time.
La Via Campesina opened its 8th International Conference on the 3rd of December in Bogotá, Colombia. This conference comes six years after the 7th Conference was held in Bilbao, Spain in 2017 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will run for eight days from December, 1 to 8.
Today, an agroecological fair, featuring products crafted by LVC member organizations, as well as peasant and Indigenous communities worldwide was organised during the 8th Conference. The fair served as a commemoration of the sacrifice made by Lee Kyung Hai symbolizing the detrimental impact of WTO’s free trade policies on small farmers.
On the afternoon of Sunday, December 3rd, La Via Campesina representatives from every continent and Palestine offered critical analyses of their regional contexts, drawing connections between the climate crisis, migration, and political instability. This is a critical component of building and advancing a global movement for food sovereignty to foster critical consciousness of disparate geographic realities, struggles and victories.
The 8th International Conference of La Via Campesina was officially inaugurated in Bogota with the slogan “Faced with global crises, we build food sovereignty to ensure a future for humanity”. The Conference is the first to be held by the movement after the pandemic, to discuss issues that affect peasants around the world.
Within the framework of the 8th conference of La Via Campesina, the international peasant movement discussed how to fight against patriarchy to change the relations of inequality in the countryside that exist between men, women and diversities, as a form of struggle against capitalism that promotes these injustices.
In the run-up to the LVC 8th International Conference, to be held in December, Bogotá, the Forum on Communication for the Integration of Our America spoke with two members of the International Coordination of the Articulation, Nury Martínez Silva and Micherline Islanda Aduel.
Let’s go, people, let’s go back to the countryside,” is one of the slogans of the international peasant movement for its 8th Conference, a space that brings together delegates from all over the world to think and coordinate global actions for access to land and water, agroecology and seeds.
In order to combat the patriarchal and discriminatory structures that maintain the dominant economic model in the countryside, peasant organisations from different parts of the world held a meeting on diversity in Bogota, the capital of Colombia, on Saturday (2 December).
La Via Campesina in its 8th International Conference in Bogotá, , has introduced a new “Men Against Patriarchy” space to foster collective contemplation among men within the movement to promote inclusivity, equal participation, and safety for all in the movement with a focus on women and diversities.
About 150 youth delegates from several regions of La Via Campesina convened in Bogotá, Colombia, on December 1, for their 5th Assembly, marking a significant milestone in a process that began in 2004, in São Paulo, Brazil. They engaged in thoughtful reflection, articulated positions, and proposed solutions to overcome challenges.
From December 1 to 8, La Via Campesina is holding its 8th Conference in a scenario of multiple crises confronting the world today; La Via Campesina is also commemorating 30 years of organization, and its proposals for Food Sovereignty and Peasant Agroecology are more valid than ever in a world plagued by hunger, conflicts and environmental crisis.
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