People and Farmer-led Movements

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Rural and urban producers – including smallholder farmers and indigenous peoples, pastoralists, forest-dwellers and fisher people – make up almost half of the world’s people and grow at least 70% of the world’s food. They are also the creators and conservers of agricultural biodiversity. Over the past decades, farmer-led movements have been multiplying in order to redress social and economic injustices suffered by landless, indigenous and smallholder farmers.

Meanwhile, civil society organizations and individuals have also been increasingly collaborating at the global level to advance dialogue and cooperation for policies and programs that improve food sovereignty around the world.

It is impossible to provide a comprehensive view of the world’s people and farmer-led, indigenous and smallholder movements. The cases and locations pinpointed on our map offer a small sample and are far from exhaustive.

Links and Resources

  • La Via Campesina – The International Peasant’s Movement. (n.d.).The International Peasant’s Voice. Retrieved from
  • Nyéléni. (n.d.) Nyéléni Newsletter. Retrieved from
  • International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty. (2013). International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty. Retrieved from:

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