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Peasants take on the World Trade Organisation

11th May 2017

Dr Emma Larking has just published an article in the International Journal of Human Rights on her research into La Vía Campesina – the International Peasants’ Movement. This movement is taking on multinational corporations and the World Trade Organisation to fight for food sovereignty, i.e. localised control over food production and distribution. The campaign opposes the globalisation of agricultural markets – it was forged in 1993 in recognition of the need to respond internationally to problems confronted all over the world by small-scale farmers. One of the strategies of the campaign is an attempt to institutionalise their human rights in a UN Declaration on the rights of peasants.

Dr Larking explores and analyses the strategies of Vía Campesina, including how the movement mobilises the language of human rights. She also discusses the implications of the proposed UN Declaration.

You can read the article in full here – it is free to the first 50 people to access it, courtesy of Taylor and Francis Online.

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