November 03, 2016
Marlen Sánchez, national coordinator of agroecology for the Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo(ATC), will present the lecture Agro-Ecology, Food Sovereignty & Social Justice, starting at 1 p.m. Nov. 9 in Room 104 of Susquehanna University's Blough-Weis Library.
The lecture will be presented in Spanish with translation, and a Q&A session will follow. The event is free and open to the public.
Sánchez was one of the first graduates of the Latin American Institute of Agroecology "Paulo Freire" (IALA). Located in Venezuela, IALA was the first Latin American peasant university to train youth involved in social movements in the technical and political components of agroecology.
Sánchez is currently the director for implementation of IALA Mesoamerica, an educational initiative of the rural social movements that make up La Vía Campesina, the international social movement that ATC helped found in the 1990s. The movement works to defend the rights of peasants, agricultural workers, women farmers, anglers, pastoralists, indigenous peoples and migrants around the world.
Today, ATC is Central America's regional hub of activity for La Vía Campesina, which consists of organizations in approximately 80 countries, representing about 220 million people. ATC promotes the rights of rural workers and small-scale agriculture producers in Nicaragua. The organization has active employment training programs, political formation workshops, agricultural practicums, and rural women and youth movements. It directly represents approximately 50,000 Nicaraguan workers.