La Via Campesina - peasant to peasant knowledge exchange
Around the world, about 40 agroecology schools have been set up by La Via Campesina member organizations, such as the UNION PAYSANNE, that train peasant farmers and facilitators according to the farmer-to-farmer methodology.
According to this approach, the members of the Peasant Center recognize and value the experience and know-how of the peasants and craftsmen whose innovative practices allow them to live in whole or in part from their production. The Farmer Center privileges the latter as trainers so that they transmit their valuable know-how.
This model is called the horizontal approach, which opposes the vertical approach where we see external experts teaching farmers. The aim is to foster the exchange and facilitation processes between farmers, their families, managers, technicians, researchers and other stakeholders. It is this context that encourages peasant innovation by promoting it through forums for exchange and logistical support.
For more information on this methodology, we recommend reading the book: The agroecological revolution - The Campesino Movement in Campesino ANAP in Cuba. Cuba has become an essential reference in the application of this methodology, a delegation of the Centre paysan went there to study agroecology in November 2017.
Exert from the Via Campesina Website: "La Via Campesina is an international movement bringing together millions of peasants, small and medium size farmers, landless people, rural women and youth, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. Built on a strong sense of unity, solidarity between these groups, it defends peasant agriculture for food sovereignty as a way to promote social justice and dignity and strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture that destroys social relations and nature.
Women produce 70% of the food on earth but are marginalized and oppressed by neoliberalism and patriarchy. They play a crucial role in La Via Campesina. The movement defends women’s rights and gender equality and struggles against all forms of violence against women.
Young farmers, committed to the historical struggle for the liberation of our peoples and the transformation of our reality, are an inspiring force in the movement. They contribute to advancing Food Sovereignty globally.
La Via Campesina comprises 164 local and national organisations in 73 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Altogether it represents about 200 million farmers. It is an autonomous, pluralist, multicultural movement, political in its demand for social justice while being independent from any political party, economic or other type of affiliation." Read More