The Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind (FPH) is a Swiss foundation that makes grants to civil society movements and organisations to support their actions in favour of a social and ecological transition.
The European Coordination Via Campesina is a European grassroots organization which currently gathers 27 national and regional farmers, farm workers and rural organizations based in 17 European countries. Our main three axis of work are on Public Policies, Agroecology, and Peasants’ Rights. ECVC participates and is recognized by the European institutions and international organizations as where ECVC makes sure that public policies respect the principles of food sovereignty and take into account the interests of small-scale farmers, agricultural workers and people living in rural areas. ECVC promotes peasant Agroecology as a process of individual and collective transformation, aiming peasant autonomy, independence from fossil fuels, a farming system that protects landscapes, preserve biodiversity and is free from GMOs, patents or chemicals. Peasants’ rights include, among others, the right to an adequate standard of living, the right to land, the right to seeds and traditional agricultural knowledge, the right to means of agricultural production, the right to biological diversity or political and associative rights. At the EU level, we advocate an EU legislative and policy framework that would prevent land grabbing and protect the peasants’ access to land and defends the right of farmers to produce and exchange their seeds.
Rooted on the right to Food Sovereignty, our main objective is the defence of farmers’ and field workers’ rights as well as the promotion of diverse and sustainable family and peasant farming. These principles in turn, demand food and agricultural policies based on legitimacy, fairness, solidarity and sustainability. These are necessary to ensure food security, food safety, public health, employment in rural areas and to tackle the issues of the global food crisis and climate change.