Carlos Marentes and Dena Hoff of La Via Campesina

Carlo Marentes and Dena Hoff are two leaders of the international movement La Via Campesina. They will discuss the upcoming April 17 event called A Global Day of Peasant Struggle Against Land Grabs.

Carlos Marentes is the founder and director of the Border Agricultural Workers Project that organizes migrant agricultural workers along the United States-Mexico border, based in El Paso, Texas. Dena Hoff is the vice president of the National Family Farm Coalition, a Montana family farmer since 1979, and co-chair or the North American region of La Via Campesina.

La Via Campesina is the international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature. The movement is comprised of about 150 local and national organizations in 70 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Altogether, it represents about 200 million farmers. It is an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent from any political, economic or other type of affiliation.

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