During the 28 September 2004 informal meeting of non-government organizations (NGOs), agriculture associations, trade unions and women’s organizations in Kathmandu, Nepal, it was noted that there were fundamental commonalities in the struggles and issues facing agricultural workers, plantation workers and peasants worldwide and there was a need to strengthen their unity. Building on the discussions in the said gathering, we agreed during a follow-up meeting on 20-22 May 2005 in Penang, Malaysia that there must be a strong push for the rights of agricultural workers and their issues and struggles which must be globally highlighted. Thus, the Coalition of Agricultural Workers International or CAWI was formed.
The highest decision-making body of CAWI is its Congress which shall be held every three (3) years and shall be attended by all its members. The Congress elects the members of the Steering Council, which provides overall direction and guidance for CAWI and ensures the implementation of its general program of action. A Secretariat, meanwhile, is responsible for the coalition’s day-to-day actions.