La Via Campesina: The ‘Peasants' Way’ to Changing the System, not the Climate

  • Nora McKeon Rome Three University and Terra Nuova



Author Biography

Nora McKeon, Rome Three University and Terra Nuova

Nora McKeon joined the UN Food and Agriculture Organizations and directed its relations with civil society. She now engages in research, advocacy and  teaching (Rome 3 University) around food systems and governance, peasant movements, and UN-civil society relations. Publications include:  Peasant Organizations in Theory and Practice (UNRISD 2004), Strengthening UN Dialogue with People’s Movements (UN NGLS 2009), The United Nations and Civil Society: Legitimating Global Governance-Whose Voice? (Zed 2009), and Food Security Governance: empowering communities, regulating corporations (Routledge 2015).  


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______. 2014a. “UN-masking Climate Smart Agriculture”.

______. 2014b. “Position Paper of La Via Campesina: Environmental and Climate Justice Now!”

______. 2015. “LVC Call to Action: COP 21”. Forthcoming.

McKeon, Nora (2009). The United Nations and Civil Society: Legitimating Global Governance-Whose Voice? London: Zed.

______. 2015a. Food Security Governance: empowering communities, regulating corporations. London: Routledge.

______. 2015b. “Global Food Governance in an Era of Crisis: Lessons from the United Nations Committee on World Food Security”. Canadian Food Studies. Forthcoming.

McKeon, Nora and Carol Kalafatic. 2009. Strengthening Dialogue: UN Experience with Small Farmer Organizations and Indigenous Peoples. New York: UN NGO Liaison Service.

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Wittman, Hannah, Annette Desmarais and Nettie Wiebe, Eds. 2010. Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature and Community. Halifax and Oakland: Fernwood Publishing and FoodFirst Books

How to Cite
McKeon, N. (2015). La Via Campesina: The ‘Peasants’ Way’ to Changing the System, not the Climate. Journal of World-Systems Research, 21(2), 241-249.
Symposium: The Climate Crisis & Anti-Systemic Movements