In May 2021, several international farmer organisations and associations for the defence of the commons came together to open a new space for global exchange: the Forum of Struggles for Land and Natural Resources.
Its objective? To help broaden citizens’ alliances, from the rural world to the cities, in order to obtain the national and international regulations that are essential to protect and support rural, fishing, and forest communities and their use of resources, in the face of land grabbers. The 18-month long forum takes the shape of several consecutive sessions of exchanges around different topics, with webinars and on-line contributions.
The organisers of the Forum include AGTER, an international non-profit association for the Improvement of Land, Water and Natural Resources Governance; CERAI, the Centre for International Rural and Agricultural Studies in Spain; CONTAG, the Brazilian confederation of agricultural workers, ROPPA, the Network of Farmers’ and Producers’ Organizations of West Africa, European Confederation Via Campesina or Ekta Parishad, a non-violent, Gandhian social movement working on issues of access to land and forests at the national level in India. See the full list of the Forum’s organisers.
We warmly invite you to take part in the debates that are taking place on the Forum website around five themes:
You can watch the launch webinar (May 2021) to get introduced to the Forum’s objectives and debates.
The next topic of the Forum is about land laws and regulations and is coordinated by the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC). Entitled "From local struggles to building effective regulations at the supranational level", it will be composed of a series of webinars:
– Webinar 1 - 17 March 2022: Reclaiming land laws and public policies: it will feature experiences from Mali, France and Indonesia showing how local struggles could influence public policies
– Webinar 2 - date to be confirmed: Creating the law: it will feature a presentation and discussion of ECVC proposal to have a Directive of the European Union on land preservation and fair access to land.
Register here to take part in the debates and attend the webinar. Note that the debates of the Forum are available with interpretation in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French.