Via Campesina

The Via Campesina (Peasants' Way) is a global social movement that brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world.  The Via Campesina and its membership organizations defend small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote food sovereignty, social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.

The Via Campesina mobilizes ground-up resistance to the top-down development models that fatten transnational agribusiness, contribute to climate change, and violate the rights of the majority of the world's food producers and consumers.

Grassroots International has supported both the Via Campesina and many of its membership organizations, such at the Landless Workers Movement in Brazil and the Peasant Movement of Papaye in Haiti.

Regional level support has included funding learning exchanges between Brazilian and Haitian peasants and youth, a training center for Central American and Caribbean Via leaders, and support for Women's Regional Commissions to advance the Global Campaign to End Violence Against Women.

Grassroots' support for the Via Campesina goes beyond financial support. Working closely with a Via North America member, the National Family Farm Coalition (a U.S. organization representing family farmers across the United States), Grassroots is doing education and advocacy work to ensure that the U.S. Farm Bill does not hurt small farmers and farmworkers in the U.S. and around the world.orld.