South Asian peasant’s united for food sovereignty
La Via Campesina South Asia is composed of small farmers and farm workers organizations from rural India, Srilanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. LVC SAs organizations are membership based grassroots movements and represent peasants from different socio-economic, ethnic, and ideological backgrounds. LVC SA has more than 20 independent and autonomous unions comprising the All Nepal Peasants Federation, Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Laborers Federation, Bhartiya Kisan Union, Pakistan Kisan Rabita Committee, MONLAR Srilanka, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements, and others.
While many of these unions and federations do not have a system of formal membership, it is estimated that the total number of peasants organized under these formations could be about 30 million peasant families. All these organizations are run and managed by the peasant members themselves, and an emphasis has been developed to uplift youth and women leadership.
Almost all of the organizations are organized at three levels – local, state and national – where the constituents are given opportunity to participate in the day-to-day management of the organizations.
While each of the member organizations operates autonomously, there are some joint areas of work, such as – trade justice, agroecology, and peasant seeds. Joint campaigns, articulation and political education are carried out on these initiatives along with a special focus on youth and women farmers leadership building. The campaigns undertaken under these areas of work are: Resisting Genetically Modified Organisms at the regional level, promoting indigenous seed conservation, agroecological training and policy work, anti farm land grabs, resisting free trade agreements, among many others.
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