by Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez
From January 24 to January 27, the Farmworker Association of Florida was proud to host La Via Campesina International Peasant's Movement.
La Via Campesina is the international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.
La Via Campesina comprises about 150 local and national organizations in 70 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Altogether, it represents about 200 million farmers. It is an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent from any political, economic or other type of affiliation.
The slogan of this movement is: "Globalizando la lucha! Globalizando esperanza!" meaning "Globalizing the struggle! Globalizing hope!"