Does agriculture need “new technologies”?
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Does agriculture need “new technologies”?

This article was published in the Swiss newspaper Le Temps on September 7, 2023, and can be found here (in French). In this article, Melik Özden, director of Cetim, responds to the director of the multinational seed company Syngenta, promoting new technologies in agriculture. He prefers peasant agriculture to new technologies, and calls for the…

What is a peasant? What are peasantries?
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What is a peasant? What are peasantries?

In 2013, for the first session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on what would be the UNDROP, Marc Edelman, Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College (New York), wrote an article on the term peasant. This article is a “must read” for anyone wanting to understand the use of peasant in the UNDROP. To have the…

In the name of climate: The criminalization of peasants and forest guardians in Thailand
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In the name of climate: The criminalization of peasants and forest guardians in Thailand

In Thailand, the government has been rolling out a climate change mitigation policy since 2014. One of the components of this policy concerns the protection of the country’s forests. For this strand, the government has decided to sanctuary these lands in defiance of the lives and rights of the people who live and depend on…

Land Is a Human Right
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Land Is a Human Right

This publication is a selected chapter of The Oxford Handbook of Land Politics, edited by Saturnino M. Borras Jr. and Jennifer C. Franco. This handbook is currently in development, with individual articles publishing online in advance of print publication. Defending Peasants Rights is thankfull for the authors giving access to their work. Abstract This chapter…

Proposal for an EU Directive on Agricultural Land
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Proposal for an EU Directive on Agricultural Land

In 2023, European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) wrote a proposal for a European directive on agricultural land based on Article 17 – right to land – of UNDROP. European directives are legislative acts that give general objectives to the member countries of the European Union, and the countries must then take measures to make these…

Defending Peasants’ Rights – Newsletter n°3
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Defending Peasants’ Rights – Newsletter n°3

Victory for Peasants’ Rights! The United Nations Human Rights Council votes in favor of creating a Working Group on UNDROP On October 12th, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted, with a very wide majority, for the creation of a Working Group dedicated to the UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people…

TRAINING ON THE UNDROP – SESSION 3 “CONCRETE CASES” AND 4 “TOOLS AND IMPLEMENTATION”
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TRAINING ON THE UNDROP – SESSION 3 “CONCRETE CASES” AND 4 “TOOLS AND IMPLEMENTATION”

La Via Campesina and CETIM have organized a training course for La Via Campesina members in August 2023, and are now making training materials available to all. This material is also available in PDF version here for session 3 and here for session 4. Following the first two individual and self-training sessions, interactive sessions 3…

TRAINING ON THE UNDROP – SESSION 2 “KEY RIGHTS OF THE UNDROP”
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TRAINING ON THE UNDROP – SESSION 2 “KEY RIGHTS OF THE UNDROP”

La Via Campesina and CETIM have organized a training course for La Via Campesina members in August 2023, and are now making training materials available to all. This material is also available in PDF version here. Session 2 of the UNDROP training seminar aims to provide a general overview and analysis of the key rights…

TRAINING ON THE UNDROP – SESSION 1 “HISTORY OF THE STRUGGLE FOR THE UNDROP AND LESSONS LEARNED”
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TRAINING ON THE UNDROP – SESSION 1 “HISTORY OF THE STRUGGLE FOR THE UNDROP AND LESSONS LEARNED”

La Via Campesina and CETIM have organized a training course for La Via Campesina members in August 2023, and are now making training materials available to all. This material is also available in PDF version here. In December 2018, after 17 intense years of work and negotiations, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United…

Victory! UN Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution to Advance Peasants’ Rights Worldwide
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Victory! UN Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution to Advance Peasants’ Rights Worldwide

This article was first published on La Via Campesina’s website on October 11th, 2023. You can find it here. (Bagnolet, October 11, 2023) In its 54th session, an overwhelming majority of member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council took a historic step by voting in favor of  a resolution aimed at further implementing…