European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) is a confederation of unions and organisations of peasant farmers, small and medium-scale farmers, and agricultural workers across Europe. We are currently composed of 31 national and regional peasant farmer organisations from 21 European countries.
Rooted in the right to Food Sovereignty, our main objective is the defence of farmers’ and field workers’ rights, promoting diverse and sustainable family and peasant farming. These principles in turn, demand food and agricultural policies based on legitimacy, fairness, solidarity and sustainability. These are necessary to ensure food security, food safety, public health, employment in rural areas and to tackle the issues of the global food crisis and climate change. We are fighting for a new and improved EU agricultural policy to be developed based on the above principles.
We are the only organisation at the EU level that solely and comprehensively represents the voice of peasant farmers. 31 organisations and unions of farmers and agricultural workers unite as members of ECVC. In this space, we consolidate our experiences, positions and best practices, to facilitate communication between peasant farmers and European and International policymakers. The ECVC space is critical to coordinate our responses and demonstrate ready-made solutions from across Europe, guaranteeing that peasant farmers are heard in EU and international policy processes.
Each member organisation works in diverse contexts and realities, but we are all united in fighting for better food systems by the principles of our found Common Base.
The bigger picture
A global peasants' rights movement
We are the European region of La Via Campesina. Along with 9 other regions across the world, we are a global grassroots movement defending peasants' rights.
Fighting for food sovereignty
We are part of the Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia Food Sovereignty Network striving for fairer food systems.
Based on agroecology
We see peasant agroecology as a way of life, working with nature and not against it towards sustainable agriculture.