The “Haus der Bauern” foundation organized an international congress on the issue of “peasants’ rights” from 7-10 March 2017, which was attended by peasants, small scale producers, rural workers, and other people working in rural areas as well as other international organisations and numerous stakeholders.
The 'Global Peasants' Rights' congress sheds lit on the situation of small scale farmers and the rural population around the world, drew public attention to the importance of peasants for sustainable local and regional production of food in agro ecological quality and emphasized the need to protect their rights and their indigenous knowledge.
The goal of the congress was twofold: to increase awareness of the situation and the requirements of international small farmers and to support the UN working group for the development of a “Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas”.
The “Haus der Bauern” foundation organized the Congress together with the European Coordination Vía Campesina and FIAN, and was supported by many other organisations, which wanted to contribute to coordinated actions together that support the recognition of the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas within an international human rights framework.
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Written contribution by Rudolf Bühler, CEO, Farmers Association of Swabian
Hall, Germany (Bäuerliche Erzeugergemeinschaft Schwäbisch Hall):