Guaranteeing Peasants’ Rights in the Face of COVID-19 and Building a “New Normal”

Ana María Suárez Franco and Andrea Nuila*

Versión en español aquí.

According to the FAO (2019), 90% of family farms produce more than 80% of the world’s food. Farming, fishing, pastoralist, landless, and indigenous communities all help to ensure that the world is properly fed, based on a balanced relationship with nature. Paradoxically, the same people who feed us are subjected to systematic violations of their rights every day (United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, 2012). These include water, land, and seeds grabbing; the destruction of their livelihoods by extractive activities, the pollution and destruction of ecosystems and their diversity, the spraying of pesticides harmful to their health, the loss of their food sovereignty, the insecure working conditions of agricultural workers, the extreme burden of care work and violence against women in rural areas,  the criminalization of environmental and human rights defenders, and the fraying of the social fabric, among others. These and other violations tend to be intersectional in nature, affecting specific groups to varying degrees both because they are peasants and because of their ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or other factors.

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