Small scale farmers organise the International Peasant Day of Struggle

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  1. Michaelangelica

    Michaelangelica Junior Member

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    April 17th is the International Peasant Day of Struggle. In commemoration of a massacre of 19 peasants in Brazil in 1996, the day invokes solidarity actions around the world in defense of peasant and small-scale farmers working for social justice and the right to grow food for their families and communities.

    This year international peasant organisation, La Via Campesina, who represent nearly two million small-scale growers, are organising around land grabbing, which they describe as a global phenomenon led by local, national and transnational elites and investors, with the participation of governments and local authorities, in order to control the world's most precious resources.

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