Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745327044 Published August 2007 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745327051 Published August 2007 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

La Via Campesina: Globalization and the Power of Peasants

Annette Aurelie Desmarais

La Via Campesina: Globalization and the Power of Peasants

Annette Aurelie Desmarais

Distributed for Pluto Press

256 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457 | © 2007  
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9780745327044 Published August 2007 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745327051 Published August 2007 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Contents
Acronyms
Acknowledgements
Foreword by Walden Bello

1. “Where Have All the Peasants Gone? Long Time Passing” 
Situating La Via Campersina
Looking at Peasant Movements from Within
La Via Campesina and Civil Society
“Building Unity within Diversity”
Food Sovereignty—Alternative Traditions, Differing Modernities

2. Modernization and Globalization: The Enclosure of Agriculture
Modernization of Agriculture
Globalization of High Modernist Agriculture
Agriculture and Biotechnology
Agents and Winners of Globalization
Impact of the Globalization of Agriculture 
In Search of Alternative Development

3. Peasants and Farmers Going Global
Establishing Common Grounds as “People of the Land”
Farm Organizations Forge International Links
More Than One Farmer’s Voice
Empowering an International Peasant Voice
The Paternalistic Embrace of NGOs
The “Difficult Birth” of the Via Campesina
Carving out an International Peasant Space

4. “The WTO…Will Meet Somewhere, Sometime. And We Will be There”
Farmer’s and the WTO: Diverging Positions
WTO Spurs Worldwide Agrarian Activism
Local and National Resistance to the WTO
Farmers’ Different Strategies: Participation and Mobilization
Building Strategies Alliances with Selected NGOs
Persistent Power Struggles

5. A Fine Balance: Local Realities and Global Actions 
The Significance of Local and National Organization
Bring the Global Back Home
UNORCA—Managing Diversity
The Power of Domestic Conflicts
National Level Tensions and Responsibilities
Local Realities and Global Actions
April 17th—International Day of Peasant Struggle
Rooted Locally—Working Globally

6. Co-operation, Collaboration, and Community
La Via Campesina and Gender
The Women’s Commission Meets in San Salvador
Women on the Frontiers of Food Sovereignty
The Asian Peasant Women’s Workshop 
The International Women’s Assembly
The Struggle for Gender Equality Continues
Regional Articulations—Strongest or Weakest Links?
“Let’s Organize the Struggle—Land, Food, Dignity, and Life”

7. Reflections on the Meanings of La Via Campesina
A Special Political Moment
The Significance of Being a Peasant
Globalizing Hope
Appendices
Notes
References
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