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Updates from Civil Society Consultation with the FAO in the Near East and North Africa conference: UAWC

Ramallah: the Union of Agricultural Work Committees concluded its participation in" Civil Society Consultation with the Food and Agriculture Organization in the Near East and North Africa" conference, which was held in Beirut on 7th April2016.

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-05-09.jpgThe UAWC's international Media coordinator, Hiba Al-Jibeihi, indicated that the conference discussed FAO's policies and initiatives in Livestock Contribution to Food Security, Fisheries and Aquaculture: Implementation of the Blue Growth Initiative, Women Empowerment, Building Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition, Supporting Small–Scale Agriculture for Inclusive Development, and Water Scarcity Initiative. 

Al-Jibeihi presented special recommendations related to Palestine, where she stressed on the specificity of the situation in Palestine as a country suffers from the Israeli occupation for decades, and that "FAO" policies and public policies should take the sensitivity of the situation in Palestine into account. She added that the FAO's documents and initiatives did not take into account the occupation and its impact on the people, and did not take into consideration the Palestinian small-scale sufferings, and therefore any policy issued must consider the Palestinian issue as its top priorities.

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International Conference of Agrarian Reform: Marabá Declaration

Who are we? People who struggle for territory

Afiche Conferencia Reforma Agraria - copia.jpg(Marabá, April 17 2016) We are more than 130 representatives of La Via Campesina member organizations and allies from four continents, 10 regions and 28 countries of the world. We are here in Marabá, Pará, Brazil, to analyze, reflect and continue our collective processes to develop our ideas, proposals, and alternative projects for confronting the offensive of global capital against the peoples and natural goods of the countryside, coasts and seas. More than anything, we come together to struggle for our territories, and for a different kind of society.

We are organizations of peasants, family farmers, indigenous peoples, landless, farm workers, herders, fisherfolk, collectors, forest dwellers, rural women and youth, as well as allied organizations from across the world. We are here to remember the massacre of rural workers in El Dorado dos Carajás, Pará, which took place exactly 20 years ago and led to the creation of the International Day of Peasant Struggle, celebrated every year on April 17th. We are also here to demand that the governments of the world follow through on their commitments to agrarian reform, made 10 years ago at the FAO’s International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ICARRD) in Porto Alegre, Brazil 

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Every day should be international day of peasants' struggles

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-04-18-ECVC_Bebb.jpgFirst published by euobserver 

Brussels, 18 April, 2016

The 20th anniversary of the International Day of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Struggle was marked on Sunday – a date that highlights the persecution and violence suffered by peasants and farmers around the world.

It’s probably a date not many people have even heard of. Another one of those “international days of something really, really important” that passes by almost daily.

But consider this: Peasants and small farmers make up half of the world’s population and grow at least 70% of our food, using less than 30% of agricultural resources.

Without peasants and small farmers, society would not be able to survive, the wonderful diversity of food on people’s plates would be diminished, the pollution of our water and soil would increase, our countryside impoverished and there would be increasing hunger and poverty, fuelling regional and international instability.

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UAWC's statement on the occasion of international Peasant Day

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-04-18-UAWC_Peasant_Day.jpgThe largest peasant movement in the world, La Via Campesina, commemorated on the 17th April, the international Peasant Day, that commemorates the massacre of 19 landless farmers demanding access to land and justice in 1996. This day is also the Palestinian prisoners' day, a day of commemoration in honor of our detainees. Also, it came few days after the Palestinian Land Day, a day when all the Palestinian people have revolutionized to defend the Palestinian land from the settlers' confiscation.

On this day, all the peasants of the world stand to confirm their constant defense of their rights to food sovereignty and social justice. In essence, the small-scale farmers are exposed to several types of injustice and tyranny practiced by their oppressive governments that were and still consider them as a commodity traded when necessary.

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