Putting Peasants Rights into practice

HEKS/EPER Land Forum 2021

10. December 2021, 9:15 - 15:15
PROGR Aula (1st Floor), Waisenhausplatz 30, 3011 Bern.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP) was adopted three years ago by the UN General Assembly. The instrument is highly relevant: peasants are key to global food security and thus to the transformation towards sustainable food systems. In addition, it is based on the needs of the people at its centre who participated in the negotiation process.

Economic and agricultural policies have pushed developing countries to produce for export, tying them to the bottom end of global value chains and making them vulnerable to fluctuations in world prices and markets over which they often have no control. This is compounded by the creation of markets for land that make it difficult for peasants to protect their customary,often collective, land rights. Trade agreements are another hurdle for local production. They limit the policy space of developing countries to support their peasantry.

Despite the increasingly evident shortcomings of the current trade system in terms of environmental sustainability, resilience, global food security and peasants’ rights, trade agreements are repeatedly concluded without proper assessment of their impacts and without peasants’ participation. Existing agreements are also not adapted even when it is obvious that they do not respond to the needs of peasants, consumers, or the environment.

Based on the study «Switzerland’s Foreign Policy and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants» (available in English, French and German) published by a coalition of Swiss NGOs and the Geneva academy, called «Friends of the Declaration », this event – co-organized with HEKS/EPER and the Swiss NGOs coalition will discuss proposals to guide Swiss governmental and civil society activities so that they implement the rights enshrined in UNDROP through their international engagement.


Language: English (no translation)

Registration: before 26 November 2021 (Link)

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Please note that the covid certificate is obligatory at this event.