Peasants

What is a Peasant?

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A peasant is a man or woman of the land, who has a direct and special relationship with the land and nature through the production of food and/or other agricultural products. Peasants work the land themselves, rely above all on family labour and other small-scale forms of organizing labour. Peasants are traditionally embedded in their local communities and they take care of local landscapes and of agro-ecological systems.

The term peasant can apply to any person engaged in agriculture, cattle raising, pastoralism, handicrafts related to agriculture or a related occupation in a rural area. This includes Indigenous people working on the land.

La Via Campesina is an international grassroots mass movement working for the rights of peasants across the world. It brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.

La Via Campesina comprises about 150 local and national organizations in 70 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Altogether, it represents about 200 million farmers. It is an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent from any political, economic or other type of affiliation.

Reclaim the Fields is a constellation of people and collective projects willing to go back to the land and re-assume the control over food production. It is a movement of concerned people who want to challenge the way land is distributed. The international day of peasant struggle on 17th April is an opportunity to show our solidarity with the fight for economic self determination all over the world

We identify ourselves with the millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. We defend small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity, and oppose corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.

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2 thoughts on “Peasants

  1. Is there any chance of visiting Yorkley court. If communal dry sleeping space available… I have lots of skills and would love to meet and spend some volunteer time helping out…Loads of Love and blessings Dawnxxx

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