Vía campesina’ struggle for the right to food sovereignty: From above or from below?

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The transnational agrarian movement La Via Campesina has successfully mobilized a human rights discourse in its struggle against capitalism and neoliberalism. As La Vía Campesina celebrates its 20th anniversary, this chapter proposes a critical overview of the right of peoples to food sovereignty. Looking at food sovereignty both as La Vía Campesina’s most prominent collective action frame and as a new collective human right, this chapter explores some of the challenges social movements are confronted with when using human rights. It discusses efforts by La Vía Campesina to achieve the international recognition of food sovereignty as a new human right and explores past and current challenges involved in the institutionalization of food sovereignty.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRethinking Food Systems
Subtitle of host publicationStructural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law
EditorsNadia C. S. Lambek, Priscilla Claeys, Adrienna Wong, Lea Brilmayer
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)978-9-4007-7778-1
ISBN (Print)978-9-4007-7777-4
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Food sovereignty
  • Human rights
  • Peasant movements
  • Trade
  • Via Campesina

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)


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