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By Nestor Mendieta Cruz
Currently there are 11 Colombian conviviums, in various locations in the country. Over the last few years, the presence of Slow Food in several Andean and Caribbean countries and the participation of the SF network in Colombia in various international events such as Terra Madre, allowed considering the possibility of joining forces around causes and problems common. This is the case of peasant production and market inequities faced by the most vulnerable populations in our countries.
Problems such as oligopsonies and the weakening of local markets, the loss of biodiversity and the private appropriation of seeds, the effects on territories as a result of mining and biofuels, among others, are threats shared by many communities in our region. countries and that compromise the continuity of peasant life.
It is there where the concept of the peasant farm acquires its greatest importance since, both in Colombia and in other neighboring countries, the peasant farm constitutes the most important cultural, economic production and territorial organization unit for the conservation and development of the form of farming. peasant life and the conquest of food security and sovereignty.
10,000 sustainable peasant farms for Latin America is an initiative that is undertaken in Colombia and is promoted, independently and autonomously, by various civil society organizations in this country. It seeks to generate a stream of public opinion that is sensitive and favorable to the peasant farm as a cultural unit and bastion of food security and sovereignty in our countries.
10,000 peasant farms is a long-term initiative that is currently being encouraged with resources from the participants themselves and from the promoting organizations. For its development, four lines of action are identified: research and knowledge management, social appreciation of the rural population, citizen participation, social mobilization and advocacy, management for financing and support for processes around funds and lines of financing and creation of Strategic Alliances.
Throughout 2017 the preparatory phase of the campaign will take place. This seeks to grant the greatest validity to the proposal through the construction of an agreement with the peasant communities around the different aspects that must be covered in order to make a peasant farm sustainable. In this sense, during the preparatory phase, some key purposes will be promoted, such as forming territorial nodes in which debates are held around the sustainable peasant farm and, based on them, territorial agreements are established on it.
If you are part of a peasant association, you can register it directly to the campaign email: [email protected] From there, the association can share its work on the sustainable peasant farm and initiate the relevant discussions.
If you are part of a social organization related to the peasant cause, or if you are a sympathizer of it, your participation, during this phase, is subject to the meetings that you can develop with peasant organizations, families or groups. Once you connect with them, you can register at [email protected]