On October 11, 2023, members of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva unanimously voted in favor of establishing a Working Group dedicated to overseeing the implementation of rights enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas (UNDROP).

Protecting the rights of peasants and rural workers is an imperative for governments worldwide, with special emphasis on Eastern Europe and Central Asia, regions pivotal in ensuring regional food security despite inherent vulnerabilities and systemic discrimination.

The Working Group’s mandate extends for an initial three years, with the possibility of an extension. It comprises five independent experts selected for their balanced geographical representation. The appointment of these experts will take place during the 55th session of the Human Rights Council scheduled from February 26 to April 5, 2024. This establishment marks a crucial step toward upholding the rights of those toiling in rural areas and fostering global food security.

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Today, key agricultural actors called to ensure land regulation is a priority on the EU agenda as part of a public event on access to land, generational renewal and soil health organised by ECVC.

Representatives from diverse organisations including the European Commission, Parliament, Council, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions, producer organisations and civil society gathered to discuss the needs and forms of regulating land in Europe. Each of the speakers highlighted the importance of protecting soils and agricultural land, agreeing on the need for urgent action on those intertwined topics.

The question of the fair distribution of land is at the heart of the struggle for generational renewal and soil conservation, and is also key for tackling the climate and biodiversity crisis, as well as ensuring food sovereignty. Access to land is one of the main barriers to generational renewal in agriculture.

Last year, ECVC published a draft directive on agricultural land. With the publication of INI report on generational renewal, the Parliament has given the European Commission a clear mandate to tackle the issue and the time has come to act. The EU needs more farmers, and to ensure the transition to peasant agroecology and generational renewal we need a European Land Directive.

During the event, it was clear that land regulation and access to land is high priority for all agricultural actors:

As Sébastien Pérel from the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) put it, “Among our member organisations we agree, access to land is a problem everywhere for young farmers. Whenever we give an overview of obstacles to installation, we see that the main issues are access to land, access to credit, access to market, and the attractiveness of the sector”.

Similarly, MEP Martin Hojsik insisted “We need compatibility and proper coherence between the laws. If a farmer is renting the land and is not guaranteed long-term access, there is no incentive to improve soil health”.

Arnaud Lécuyer, Vice-President of the Brittany Region, also explained how the regions have a role to play in shaping public policies to encourage farmers to set up, for example by creating public reserves of land.

Nicoletta Merlo, from the EESC underlined that “farmland regulation must be designed to ensure access to land, to credit and to knowledge for youth to engage in farming”.

Manuel Eggen, from FIAN highlighted that “regulating land is not a political option, it is a cornerstone of respect for human rights in Europe”.

As Tove Sundström, member of ECVC coordinating committee, concluded, “there is a consensus, a mandate and a momentum to regulate land at the EU level.” Now is the moment to act”.


Schola Campesina is facilitating the assembly of Grassroots Innovations in the field of agroecology.
Within this context,  two online events were organized:

The CSIPM invites small-scale family farmers, peasants, pastoralists, fisherfolk, Indigenous Peoples, and other allies from Africa, to a workshop to exchange information and views on an important question: Why is data an issue for farmers and food systems?

Powerful economic and political actors are pushing for digital transformation of agriculture and food systems, while social movements and civil society face the challenge of assessing the potential consequences of this trend for food sovereignty, human rights, and nature. In the meantime, small-scale producers and CSOs have been developing their own experiences of data collection and data-driven policies, as a tool for the food sovereignty movement.

In this context, the Data Workstream of the Committee for World Food Security (CFS) has conducted a process of negotiations to develop Policy Recommendations on Data collection and analysis tools for food security and nutrition. The outcome of this process is expected to culminate with its endorsement by Member states during the CFS 51 Plenary, next 23 – 27 October.

This workstream was first proposed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with support from the United States government. Throughout the negotiations, powerful interests have pushed to limit them to technical questions and water down the relevance of data governance: who controls data and for what interests? The Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism (CSIPM) has denounced how this approach depoliticizes the debate and facilitates corporate-controlled digitalization and control over food systems data.

This workshop aims to create a bridge between producers on the ground and the multilateral discussions about data, to collectively assess why  data is such an important issue in achieving the  future of food systems we want. We will discuss the question Why is data an issue for farmers and food systems? from the perspectives of the negotiations in the CFS, from a critical approach to digitalization, and from the practical experience of producers controlling their owndata.

The session will last 60 minutes, and  interpretation in English and French will be provided.

Please register at the following link:



The CSIPM Data working group has collaboratively composed this vision statement, involving individuals and organizations from diverse regions and backgrounds. These stakeholders engage with digitalization of food systems and its effects, experiencing both advantages and drawbacks of digital technologies. This document is continually evolving, and we welcome further contributions to enhance this vision.

Read the Vision Statement 

New analysis on the national pathways of the UN Food Systems Summit and the compacts of the Dakar 2 Summit. Discover how African peasant and civil society organizations were most often excluded from the processes and content of these events, as well as how their rights and demands were not fully taken into account in the resulting roadmaps

Policy Brief: African Civil Society Assessment of the UNFSS National Pathways


The Autonomous People’s Response is once again denouncing the corporate capture of decision-making in food systems and the UN Food Systems Summit stocktaking event (UNFSS+2) starting on July 24. We have launched a public statement and a press release. Please read and share them widely.

The UNFSS+2 is one of many events that are poised to repeat the failures of the Summit itself, further opening the door of the UN to even greater influence from companies and their networks. Among these events is the Summit of the Future. In response, the Autonomous People’s Response has recently organized events involving experts, civil society organizations, social movements, and Indigenous Peoples to call for genuine food systems change.

The event’s recordings can be watched here.

Next Monday 24 July, we invite you to join the TWITTER STORM calling for #FoodSystems4People! 

Take a look at the social media toolkit to find suggested tweets, hashtags, handles, and materials.

How to participate:

  • Date and time: Monday 24 July, all-day
  • Tweet a message using the hashtags #FoodSystems4People and #UNFSS2023 or copy one of the suggested tweets (see here or in the document attached). Don’t forget to tag relevant people and organisations.
  • Include a photograph that represents your struggle, your constituency, the food systems transformation in your community, or one of the suggested banners.

Would you like to get involved in the communications and campaigning activities ahead? Are you available to help us translate our statement and press release to other languages? Has your opposition been recently cited in the media and would you like to have it uploaded here? Please write to us at call4actionfss@gmail.com

For those who are interested in the topic of multistakeholderism and the corporate capture of food systems, we invite you to read and share the following recent reports:

Schola Campesina on behalf of the Autonomous People’s Response to the UN Food Systems Summit

From July 10th until July 14th 2023, BILIM – the first Forum for Agroecology in Eastern Europe and Central Asia  – was held in Bursa, Nilüfer district, Türkiye. The event brought together 22 organizations from 18 different countries, coming from four main sub regions: 1) Central and Eastern Europe, 2) Western Balkans, 3) South Caucasus & West Asia and 4) Central Asia. Other organizations, including FAO Regional office of ECA region, Heinrich-Böll Foundation and Jengalab, attended the forum with a role of support and facilitation, while Schola Campesina played a central role in organizing the forum. The forum has been made possible with the financial support of Agroecology Fund for the organization of the forum as well as the of FAO REU and Heinrich-Böll Foundation for participants travels. The whole event was hosted and supported by Nilüfer municipality.

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