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Via Campesina (from Spanish la vía campesina, the campesino way) describes itself as "an international movement which coordinates peasant organizations of small and middle-scale producers, agricultural workers, rural women, and indigenous communities from Asia, Africa, America, and Europe". They are a coalition of over 148 organizations, advocating family-farm-based sustainable agriculture and were the group that first coined the term "food sovereignty".[1] Food sovereignty refers to the right to produce food on one's own territory. The organisation was founded in 1992 by farmers organisations from Europe and Latin America and its had its original headquarters Belgium. It then moved to Tegucigalpa, Honduras.The headquarters office of Via Campesina is now in Jakarta, Indonesia. Henry Saragih is the General Secretary.

Organized worldwide into nine regions, the group has members throughout the world (in 69 countries). It receives support from various charities, foundations and public institutions around the world.

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References

  1. "Global Small-Scale Farmers' Movement Developing New Trade Regimes", Food First News & Views, Volume 28, Number 97 Spring/Summer 2005, p.2.

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