Your Land, My Land, Our Land – Nyéléni Handbook


Year of publication: 2020

Pages#164 pp.

Author: Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia Food Sovereignty Network

Publisher: Nyéléni Europe and Central Asia Food Sovereignty Network

Abstract: Your Land, My Land, Our Land” proves that resistance is fertile and that community-based land mobilisations have expanded across the continent over the past decades. Twelve approaches each recount a variety of experiences: from the longstanding NO TAV movement in Italy, whose actions to block the creation of a high-speed railway line have resulted in prison sentences for supporters, the mobilisation to “Save Roșia Montană” that created an international movement big enough to block a project to develop Europe’s largest open cast gold mine in Romania, to the collaboration between the Brussels government and the community land trust Terre-en-vue to reclaim land for local food production, the increasing mobilisation of community-supported agriculture (CSA) groups to extend their solidarity as to secure land for local producers, or practical tools like building distribution networks to sell products to finance land actions, like the one the Field Liberation Movement used to sell beer in Belgium.

Each experience is useful as both a standalone tool, as well as in conjunction with the other tips, tools and tried-and-tested methods included. The handbook also provides insight into the land policies, both national policies and international instruments, which can be used to preserve farmland and grant access to it to peasants, new farmers, landless workers, local communities and for sustainable farming methods. The contributors hope that collectives involved in local struggles, land activist groups, peasant and small-scale farmers’ organisations, future farmers, organisations working on food sovereignty and just food systems, consumers’ groups, environmental groups and other food and environmental organisations will be able to use the handbook to support their work.

“Your Land, My Land, Our Land” is a collective document coordinated by European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), Terre de Liens, URGENCI, Eco Ruralis, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM-EU), Real Farming Trust (RFT) and Transnational Institute (TNI), to which many allies and other organisations have contributed.