Rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas

India - Woman drying chilies - (c)Mohan Dhamotharan
In absolute terms, there have never been more peasants in the world than there are today: the number is currently estimated to be about 1.2 billion at the global level.  While peasant farmers, landless, rural workers, indigenous peoples, livestock herders, small-scale fishers, and their families represent about half of the world's population and constitute the backbone of our food systems, paradoxically, they are also disproportionately affected by hunger.

Peasants are in an increasingly dire situation

According to the UN, close to 80 percent of the people suffering from hunger and chronic malnutrition live in rural areas.  Moreover, peasants are victims of historic and persistent discrimination and other human rights violations such as arbitrary detentions and extrajudicial killings in many countries.

Access to productive resources is crucial for peasants who are consequently those most affected by land grabbing.  Peasants around the world also face increasing constraints from natural resource degradation and climate change.  Price volatility, lack of proper support for peasant agriculture, dumping of agricultural products on local markets, weather-related events and increasing pressures on natural resources put peasants in an increasingly dire situation.

FIAN's Work

Peasants, particularly women, need clear recognition of their right to land, to seeds, to information and technology, to freedom to determine prices and markets for agricultural production, to biological diversity, and to preserve the environment.

FIAN advocates for peasants' rights in an effort to overcome one of the major root causes of hunger. While it is urgent to better implement existing international norms for peasants and other people living in rural areas, we also contribute to addressing the normative gaps under international human rights law, and to elaborating new legal instruments regarding the rights of peasants.  One of these instruments is the declaration on the rights of peasants, which is being discussed in a working group of the UN Human Rights Council. 


Latest News

Press Release | 17-04-2016
Peasants' Rights

Backing up the Struggles of the Rural World

On the occasion of International Day of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Struggles, FIAN International reiterates its support for the future UN Declaration on the human rights of the rural world and reaffirms its criticism to the agribusiness model.

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News | 14-04-2016
Gender Peasants' Rights

Rights of rural women finally addressed in General Recommendation No.34

Welcoming the adoption of the first international instrument to address the rights of rural women holistically, FIAN International examines the core elements related to the human right to food and nutrition contained in the General Recommendation No. 34.

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Policy Brief | 19-03-2016
Natural Resources Peasants' Rights Seeds Water

My land - my life! West African Caravan reaches Dakar

After a two-week tour, the Caravan for Land, Water and Seeds reached its final destination, Dakar, and handed over the Convergence book to the Senegalese Government, currently hosting the presidency of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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News | 10-12-2015
Peasants' Rights

Publication of a series of briefings on peasants rights

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, FIAN International publishes three analytical briefings, which are part of a series dedicated to feeding into the negotiations around the text for the future UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas.

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Press Release | 10-12-2015
Extraterritorial Obligations Gender Global Governance GNRtFN

Keeping up the fight against the corporate snowball effect

On the occasion of Human Rights Day, FIAN International releases its annual publication, ‘Right to Food Journal’. The publication puts under the spotlight the increasing influence of transnational corporations over policy-making, as well as its detrimental impact on the realization of the human right to food and nutrition.

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Video | 10-12-2015
Belgium Peasants' Rights

Peasants Rights Declaration

Short video produced by FIAN Belgium on the UN Declaration of peasants rights.

Watch a 2 minutes video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Il3w4rcIOk...

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News | 13-10-2015
Peasants' Rights

Another Step Towards a Declaration for the Rural World

The Human Rights Council has approved the extension of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas

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News | 25-09-2015
Peasants' Rights

UN HRC urged to extend IGWG mandate towards future rural world declaration

Civil society calls for a 3-year extension of the mandate of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Living in Rural Areas to facilitate the continuity of the process.

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News | 12-07-2015
Agrarian Reform Land Grabbing Natural Resources Peasants' Rights

Successful land installation in Hacienda Matias, Philippines

Although the Philippine Government has showed commitment to fast-track the land distribution, the process has yet to be finalized by giving land to all farmer beneficiaries and providing support services.

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Press Release | 25-06-2015
GNRtFN Land Grabbing Peasants' Rights Mali

Right to Water and Land, a Common Struggle in West Africa

Building on the so-called “Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles”, social movements and grassroots organizations from across West Africa will gather to discuss land and water issues in the region.

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