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14 Apr 2022

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OHCHR

Global: UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food draws attention to the struggles of peasants and other people working in rural areas

"International Day of Peasants' Struggles 17 April 2022 - UN expert applauds vital roles of peasants and rural workers", 14 April 2022

...The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Michael Fakhri, draws attention to the struggles of peasants and others which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic alongside the rise of extrajudicial violence against peasants and armed conflicts around the world. On the International Day of Peasants' Struggles, he issues the following statement:

“On the International Day of Peasants' Struggles the world  recognizes the essential contribution of peasants and other people working in rural areas such as small farmers, pastoralists, artisanal fishers, landless rural workers, and Indigenous Peoples to feeding communities and ensuring food systems flourish all over the world...

It is now more urgent than ever for States to commit to and implement the 2018 UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas (UNDROP)...

...These rights should be protected and respected even during times of conflict to ensure rural life recovers and food systems are safeguarded after the conflict ends...

...[P]easants’ vital contribution to society remains inadequately recognized and supported. The risks they encounter, as well as the lack of protection they often face, jeopardize the global population's food security...

...Urgent global efforts are needed to support and protect peasants in the context of the pandemic and conflicts”...