Publication Food Sovereignty Peasants’ Dignified Lives and Livelihoods

How the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants protects peasants’ livelihoods and fights discrimination





La Via Campesina,

Illustration: Sophie Holin

The third thematic booklet on “Peasants’ Dignified Lives and Livelihoods”, funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, is available now! The third of four in a series, these booklets are part of the popular education materials to be used as a crucial step in reconnecting those who inspired and created the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in the Rural Areas (UNDROP).

The booklet focus on how dignified lives and livelihoods are protected by UNDROP and the obligations of states, and gives examples of selected experiences by peasants from different countries. It outlines the UNDROP articles that most closely relate to the peasant struggle against discrimination and towards dignified lives and livelihoods. These include the right to development, the right to adequate living conditions, the right to water, the right to social security, and the right to physical and mental health, among others.

To live a dignified life means to be valued, respected, and treated ethically no matter your age, ethnicity, gender, physical and/or mental ability, or socioeconomic status. To protect dignity and life is a key organizing principle of food sovereignty, and was a key reason for developing the UNDROP.

The popular education materials will help La Via Campesina and its members and partners to effectively use the UNDROP in their struggles to assert and advance collective and individual rights. In so doing, they help to create broader awareness, promote deeper understanding, and enhance capacities (through training) of rural people’s movements.

The UNDROP popular educational materials were developed by La Via Campesina and FIAN International with support from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

Peasants’ Dignified Lives and Livelihoods

Published by La Via Campesina
Illustration by Sophie Holin

Funded by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation with funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany. This publication or parts of it can be used by others for free as long as they provide a proper reference to the original publication.

The content of the publication is the sole responsibility of FIAN International and does not necessarily reflect the position of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.

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