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With land, water and seeds increasingly controlled by a small number of poorly regulated transnational corporations, effective social change for resource rights and a fair food system must match this global reach. We call this life-giving cross-border work globalization from below. This work puts us at the front lines of the struggle between private gain and public good.
In that work, we are honored to have formed partnerships with powerful and visionary global networks like La Vía Campesina, which represents more than 200 million small producers in over 70 countries.
As we support the Vía’s international reach, our relationship transcends national borders. This relationship is central to our core focus on Resource Rights for All, and has brought us into new regions of the world, new venues of struggle and innovative models of community life. Through our relationship with the Vía, Grassroots has supported organizations in South and Southeast Asia and Africa (such as the National Union of Peasant Farmers - UNAC - in Mozambique and the National Coordination of Peasant Organizations - CNOP - in Mali), regional work in Latin America, the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform, the Global Campaign to End Violence Against Women, as well as broader work to raise up food sovereignty as one of the real solutions to create climate justice.
In addition to Grassroots' partnership with the Vía and our deep relationships in our program areas, it is our pleasure to work with additional organizations in Africa and Asia. In Asia, we have had the chance to support efforts such as the "Save Our Rice" campaign, led by the Pesticide Action Network - Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP). In Africa, Grassroots has been part of an exciting collaboration called the "We Are the Solution" Campaign - an alternative to the market-based "Green Revolution" seeds and technologies that corporations are promoting in Africa.