The signatories of the WFAL Call 2016 aim at creating the conditions necessary to organise a constructive debate to address the problems of unequal access to land and natural ressources.

The international organising committee, consisting of members and observers representatives of each of the 3 categories of the signatories (farmers, civil society organisations,  governmental organisations and individuals) had been working to realize the global assembly.

After the global assembly the International Organizing Committee (IOC) has decided to remain intact moving forward. In keeping with the values that lead to the organization of the global assembly in Valencia, IOC members will continue to foster collaboration and exchange, strengthen alliances, and encourage action.


The members of the International Organizing Committee are :

Farmer and civil society organizations


COPROFAM, Coordination of Family Farms of Mercosur (Coordinadora de Organizaciones de productores Familiares del Mercosur) represented by CONTAG, National Federation of Agricultural Workers (Confederação Nacional dos Trabalhadores na Agricultura), Brazil.


ROPPA, The Network of Farmers and Agricultural Producers Organisations of West Africa (Réseau des organisations paysannes et de producteurs agricoles de l’Afrique de l’Ouest)


Governmental and international organizations

FAO, Food and Agriculture Organisationof the United Nations

Ministry of Agrarian Development (Ministério do Desenvolvimento Agrário, MDA), Federative Republic of Brazil

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Equipment (Ministère de l’Agriculture et de l’équipement rural), Republic of Senegal

Department of Agrarian Reform, Republic of the Philippines


Samir AMIN (World Forum for Alternatives, Egypt-France), José BOVÉ (Member of the European Parliament, France), Hubert COCHET  (Professor, AgroParisTech, France), Olivier DE SCHUTTER (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food 2008 – 2014, Belgium), Vicent GARCES (ex-Member of the European Parliament, CERAI, Spain), Cecilia LEIVA MONTENEGRO (Former Chile’s Vice Minister of Agriculture), Kaul Nurm (Member of the EESC, Rapporteur for EESC own-initiative opinion on Land Grabbing in Europe),Michel MERLET (General Director of AGTER, France), Marcel MAZOYER (Emeritus Professor, AgroParisTech, France), Henri Rouillé d’Orfeuil (Agriculture Academy of France, French coordinator of the International Year for Family Farming, France)

The observers of the IOC:

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

IFOAM Organics International (IFOAM)

International Land Coalition (ILC)

World Rural Forum (WRF)

Special participants of the IOC:

European Commission
Hans Herren (Millennium Institute, Biovision Foundation, Switzerland), Michel Pimbert, (Consortium for Agroecology and Food Sovereignty, Coventry University-CAFS, United of Kingdom), Francisco Sarmento (Coimbra University, Portugal).