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Nicaragua’s youth movement for agro-ecology

Work by farm workers and rural trade unionists to create a sustainable agriculture and ecology



Throughout September, UK-based Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign (NSC) will be highlighting the example of the Rural Workers’ Association (Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo, or ATC), a Nicaraguan national movement representing campesinxs.

The ATC is a member organisation of La Via Campesina, a global movement of more than 200 million peasants, indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples, fisherfolk and pastoralists.

To find out a little more about the history and current work of the ATC, please read here.

Each week, we will offer a brief look into how the ATC is integrating young people into their agroecology, land rights, and gender equality programmes to enable them to contribute to building a food system that respects both people and the planet. 

‘During these unprecedented and challenging times,’ write NSC’s Helen Yuill and Brittany Oakes, ‘we are inspired by the work of our partner organisations and their vision for a just and sustainable future. We hope you will join us to learn more about the perspectives of young campesinxs, and we look forward to sharing more over the coming month and beyond.’

SPECIAL FILM RELEASE: Land, agroecology & peasant identity: the experience of young people in Nicaragua produced by Friends of the ATC and NSC

Next Wednesday, 16 September: Launch of six minute video featuring Migdalia Cruz, one of the graduates of the Agroecology Institute (IALA) Ixim Ulew.

Migdalia describes the holistic way in which the course, which is based on popular education, integrates political, social and technical training. She also talks about her pride in being a campesina and how she has applied what she learnt within her family and community.

“The task we have is to recover the land and our identity as young campesinxs, to have our own land to grow food in a holistic, diversified way….I want to be someone who lives their dreams.”

SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming webinar

Wednesday, 23 September | 6.30 – 8pm (BST) 
Webinar on the same theme with Marlen Sanchez, the director of IALA in Nicaragua, Migdalia Cruz and another IALA graduate.

Main image: Migdalia Cruz, graduate of Agroecology Institute (IALA) Ixim Ulew.

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