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International Day of Peasant Struggle

NSC News | Friday, 17 April 2020 |

Today, 17 April, millions of food producers around the world – peasants, small and medium-scale farmers, indigenous people, migrant workers, farm labourers, pastoralists, fisherfolk – are celebrating the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle.

This year the celebration takes place in a context that once again validates the historical role of the peasantry in societies and their fundamental task of feeding the people, especially through times of war, fascism, authoritarianism and pandemics.

‘COVID-19 has paralysed the world…this deadly virus has exposed the vulnerability of the globalised food system dominated by industrial agriculture, and the dangers it poses to all life forms. ‘

La Via Campesina demands:

Join the struggle: What you can do

Stay at home, and pledge not to remain silent. Now is the time to carry out creative struggles from within the confines of our farms and houses.

Let us transform the windows, the terraces, the gardens and fields into our demonstration squares, turn our pots and pans into drums of resistance.

Let us build solidarity and think about how to share with the community, neighbourhood or friends and how to help the most vulnerable people.

Let us pledge to consume food from local farmers and communities, and not from the transnationals! Go to the local markets; buy directly from the producer and your neighbourhood shops.

NSC and solidarity with the Nicaraguan Rural Workers Association, founder member of La Via Campesina

Since May, 2019 NSC has been working in solidarity with the ATC, a 47,000 member organisation working in two related areas:

*promoting that the struggle for political, economic, social, and

*promoting that the struggle for political, economic, social, and climate justice focusing on land rights, agroecology, and food sovereignty

Since May, 2019 NSC has been working in solidarity with the ATC, a 47,000 member organisation working in two related areas:

*promoting that the struggle for political, economic, social, and climate justice focusing on land rights, agroecology, and food sovereignty

*defending the rights of agricultural workers in the banana, coffee, and tobacco industries.

The ATC has training centres for community leaders in employment rights, agroecological farming, political and community organising, and food sovereignty. One key area is training the next generation of campesinxs from across Central America in the Nicaragua Latin America Institute for Agroecology (IALA).

We will carry out this programme through publishing information about the work of the ATC, fundraising, and linking with UK organisations such as the Landworkers Alliance who share a common vision and are also affiliated to La Via Campesina.

…finally, what could be more appropriate in these times of crisis than La Via Campesina slogan: Globalise struggle, globalise hope!