This year the international peasants' movement, La Via Campsina celebrates its 30th anniversary. What have been its key achievements in the past 30 years and what are its main challenges? Paul Nicholson reflects on this in conversation with Jun Borras
La Via Campesina was born in the process of fierce struggles by rural working classes – poor peasants, smallholder farmers, landless farmworkers, artisanal fishers, and small pastoralists – against neoliberal global capitalism.
Since its establishment three decades ago, it has become one of the world’s most influential transnational movement organizations. It has kickstarted political projects that led to the formation of wider movements, such as food sovereignty and its accompanying mass movement.
In conversation with Jun Borras, Paul Nicholson reflects on the key achievements by and challenges of La Via Campesina.
Read online - 'It wasn't an intellectual constuction: the founding of La Via Campesian, achievements and challenges - a conversation', The Journal of Peasant Studies, March 2023