The Smallholder Union women in Norway enjoy solidarity with countries in the South and supports them in their rights to property, resources, better climate and environment. The Women's Committee consists of a chairman and two members. The committee also coordinates work in accordance to Norwegian agricultural policy. The committee believes that women are marginalized in male-dominated Norwegian agriculture, and has recently worked closely with the youth committee in relation to young women.
Norwegian Farmers’ and Smallholders’ Union was established in 1913 and is an academic and industrial political organization, aiming to promote people in agriculture, with equal conditions for both women and men. The organization has about 7, 000 members, of which twenty-five percent are women. Members are organized into 260 local chapters and 18 county groups. An important principle for the organization's work is sustainable development in the use of resources and environmental and climate, both in Norway and in the South.
International agriculture has a big task in ensuring the global food supply for the future, and the right of any country to produce food for their population. In Norway, we constitute Norwegian Farmers and Smallholders a small group. Globally, farmers are among the poorest in the world. In some developing countries they constitute eighty percent of the population, of whom the majority is women. Farmers are often passed over by aid and development initiatives. It is therefore important to promote their claim for property and rights, and to highlight their important role in food safety and preservation of the environment in the world.
The Norwegian Farmers’ and Smallholders’ Union is a member of the transnational farmers’ organization, 'La Via Campesina'