(Bukit Tinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia, July 2012): An international workshop and seminar entitled Agrarian Reform and the Defense of Land and Territory in the 21st century: The challenge and future was recently held here by La Via Campesina.
At the recently concluded Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, the ongoing resource grab by the corporate agrarian hard-core was only further institutionalised under the label of “green economy.”
The destruction and grabbing of resources from peasants and poor people have intensified and if we are to succeed in defending our land, territory and our very future, we need to come together and identify clearly the kind of Agrarian Reform we are looking for and the strategy by which we will achieve it.
~ Henry Saragih, General Coordinator of La Via Campesina
Workshop delegates from 26 countries: Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia; including members and leaders from La Via Campesina, the Global Campaign on Agrarian Reform and other progressive organisations, social movement leaders and academics, have all come together to rethink and develop new strategies for achieving significant agrarian reform in the 21st century – based on the strengths of social justice, radical traditions of past agrarian reforms, and addresses past weaknesses and most importantly should be based on the foundations of food sovereignty and agroecology.
The Global Campaign on Agrarian Reform is La Via Campesina’s campaign to support the local struggles of landless peasants around the world for access to land, and to support those peoples who are trying to defend their territories from the land-grabbing by TNCs and governments. Partners in this campaign are FIAN International and the Land Research Action Network.