During the ministerial segment, on the 3rd day of the launch of the United Nations Decade for Family Farming, Elizabeth Mpofu, General Coordinator of La Via Campesina, called all country representatives, FAO and IFAD offices to dialogue with peasants and small-scale family farmer organizations.
“we all know that without us, there will be no Decade of FamilyFarming, no solutions and no SDGs to achieve. It is critical that during the decade our voice is heard and amplified to lead a real improvement in the livelihoods of family farming.
Dear excellencies, dear ministers, ambassadors and government representatives,
Dear FAO, IFAD and UN agencies, on behalf of all my sisters and brothers family farmers,
I invite you all to take responsibility and make concrete steps to put efforts and resources to achieve a successful Decade for the future of our Mother Earth! This is only possible if the Decade is led by peasant, indigenous and small family farmers’ needs and not by institutional priorities. This is only possible with deep structural transformations, including the transition towards agroecology and true agrarian reform, defending, protecting and keeping territories (land, oceans, seeds, forests, etc) under the control of peasants, fisherfolks and other peoples.