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Power and impunity of transnational corporations stifles people's voices

2015-07-07-TNCS STIFLE VOICES.jpgThe power and impunity of the transnationals are stifling the voices of the world’s peoples

(Harare, 9th of July 2015) La Via Campesina strongly decries the fact that international policies and legislative processes which supposedly are decided upon democratically and by the citizens are increasingly dominated by the interests of large multinational corporations, with the connivance of the governing classes[1]. Furthermore, while existing structures allow the crimes committed by these same transnationals to go unpunished, there is a growing incidence of criminalisation of those who are struggling in defence of human rights.

At the international, regional, national, and local levels, it is more and more apparent that legislative frameworks are being designed, interpreted, and implemented so as to respond to the interests of large transnational companies - to the detriment of the common good and despite the resistance of social movements and organisations that are seeking different paths. This situation is compounded by a lack of transparency towards civil society.

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Save our seeds and save rice: National Peasant day celebrated in Nepal

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-07-01_Nepal_National_Peasant_Day.jpg(Nepal, June, 30 2015) All Nepal Peasants' Federation, the largest peasants' organization in Nepal organized various programs including a paddy plantation program on the occasion of national peasants'/paddy day/Ashar 15(A day in Nepali calendar that falls on June 29/30). The program was devoted to all the peasants' and their families victimized by earthquake and "Save our seeds and save rice" was the motto for this year. ANPFa Chairperson and deputy prime minister and home minister of Nepal, Hon. Bamdev Gautam inaugurated the paddy plantation program in Kathmandu and such programs were organized in more than 40 districts of Nepal including Sunsari, Morang, Kavre, Dhading, Rupendehi, Lalitpur.

In the program organized in Kathmandu, Hon. Gautam highlighted the role of ANPFa in professionalization of agriculture. "Farming should be a profession. We need to change the face of agriculture from subsistence to commercial," He added. Minister for energy, Hon. Radha Gyawali was special guest of the program where ANPFa leadership including Sarada Prasad Subedi, D.B. Karki, Baburam Thapa were present. Balram Banskota deputy General Secretary of ANPFa, explained the importance of rice in the Asian societies. He said, "Rice is our culture. In every occasion whether it is a birth ceremony or death ritual even the marriage, rice is used. It is our staple food. We need to conserve rice to conserve our identity".

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Recognize current crisis and implement public regulation tools for dairy market, says the European dairy farmers

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Press release

European dairy farmers call for immediate recognition of current crisis and for implementation of public regulation tools for the dairy market

(Brussels, 30/06/2015) On the occasion of the 7th meeting of the Milk Market Observatory, which was taking place in Brussels today, we – the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) and the European Milk Board (EMB)– jointly call for an immediate recognition of the current crisis and for the implementation of measures to prevent future crises. These demands follow up on the latest report of the Committee of Regions as well as on observations made in the European Parliament’s Nicholson Report. The persistence with which the European Commission maintains its liberalisation policy, regardless of the future of European dairy farmers, seems unacceptable to us.

With the abolition of quotas, a whole range of tools that were at the dairy sector’s disposal has been dismantled. Global price volatility causes cyclical crises, resulting in a drop in the number of dairy farmers. The consequent social, environmental and economic consequences strongly impact European territories.

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Both sides of the Pacific- Via Campesina members oppose TPP

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-06-29_Anti_TPP_protest.jpgJoint Press Release against Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

On both sides of the Pacific, peasants, family farmers, and rural workers reject the extension of neoliberal policies 

(June 15, 2015): We, members of La Via Campesina on both sides of the Pacific, jointly express our opposition to the TPP. This so-called partnership is in fact an extension of the neoliberal policies that are being promoted by transnational corporations (TNCs) with the support of the governments at their service.

Neoliberal policies and trade agreements have already caused catastrophic damage to peasants and family farmers and to agricultural workers, who are more and more at the mercy of the transnational corporations. The increasing control of global commodity markets exercised by these corporations constitutes a threat to the livelihoods of peasants, family farmers and rural workers, to the well-being of indigenous communities, and to the health of consumers. Their power is an affront to food sovereignty and social justice, and a threat to ecological integrity. As more than twenty years of experience with neoliberal trade agreements has shown, increases in agricultural exports serve only to increase the profits of transnational corporations; they do not raise the net incomes of peasants and farmers.

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