PUBLIC SIDE EVENT: RECOGNITION and the PROTECTION of the RIGHTS of the Small-scale Food Producers
The CSOs Consultation prior to the FAO 31st Regional Conference in Europe and Central Asia in Budapest, 26-27 April 2018, is an opportunity for peasants and family farmers, landless, rural women and rural youth, fishers and fish workers, agricultural workers, hunters and gatherers, pastoralists and herders, indigenous peoples, and food consumers organisations across Europe and Central Asia to discuss recognition and protection of their rights.
Small-scale food producers are increasingly at risk and are often victims of forced evictions, violence and harassment. Existing legal instruments in Europe and worldwide are not enough to protect small-scale food producers and rural workers from on-going systematic discrimination and abuses, with rural women and youth particularly affected. Thus, greater recognition and protection of their rights is a pressing issue.
Addressing this is precisely the goal of the process towards a Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural areas: creating an international human rights instrument, to protect their rights and ensure their recognition as political and legal subjects and drawing attention to the threats and discrimination suffered by peasants and people involved in small-scale food production across the world. The Declaration was originally initiated by the international peasant movement La Via Campesina (LVC) over 16 years ago, supported by other social movements.
We commit to build our food sovereignty movement and to empower our front line communities to be stronger and take their struggles to all spaces where key political decisions are taken.
Therefore, we would like to invite you to the Public event following the CSOs Consultation, in Budapest on the 27th April at the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
We are aiming to discuss the threats to our human rights and to the planet, our common struggle, real alternatives to the current food system which are already exist both locally and internationally through agroecological production, social solidarity economy that includes territorial markets, direct relationships between producers and consumers, cooperatives and participatory community-led governance mechanisms and policies.
Civil Society Consultation in Europe and Central Asia. More info on http://www.food-cso-europe.org/
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