Actions and Events

Research and support for innovation must be at the service of an agricultural model and food system that is healthy, sustainable and socially fair

logo-eurovia.pngPress Release, Brussels the 28th October 2014

Innovation is a key element to maintaining small-scale and family farming and to creating a model for food and agricultural production that is socially fair, sustainable and healthy.  This model endures over time and is viable, but it needs clear support from policies that acknowledge and highlight its commitment to innovation. The future of rural areas lies within a specific focus and correct solutions to the issues that male and female peasant farmers face on a daily basis through innovative processes that will allow agriculture to develop in accordance with the environment and surroundings where it is located.

That is why the European Coordination for Via Campesina is holding the seminar “Small-scale farms and better food systems: what is the best way to include local innovation actors in European policies and research?” Its main goal is to forge the necessary paths so that research and innovation policies that can favor the necessary innovation in rural areas, in close connection to farmers, consumers and other actors of civil society and for a quality food system that is more local, sustainable, and within the framework of the Common Agricultural Agreement (CAP). In order to achieve this we include a diverse group of testimonies from farmers and from different sectors of society as well as representatives from European institutions.

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The People's Caravan for Seed and Food Sovereignty- MONLAR, Sri Lanka

LVC South Asia

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_carvan_20141.JPG(Sri Lanka, Colombo, October 16, 2014) During World Food Week, the Movement of National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) held an island-wide Seed Caravan for Food Sovereignty. This campaign stems from the need to address core issues related to the food system in Sri Lanka around the themes of Justice, Equality and Regeneration. More than 50 farmers, women, plantation workers, fisheries and other civil society organizations based across the country participated. The journey of the caravans started from Murukundi in the Northern province in the island and concluded in Colombo after covering a total 25 cities.

Fisheries, labors and plantation workers join hands with Farmers and consumers for food sovereignty in Sri Lanka.

Around 600 farmers, fisheries, labors and plantation workers marched in Colombo on the World Food Day (16th of October) to present their demands to the Government for ensuring food sovereignty of the people.  This march was the culmination of the Seed and Food Sovereignty Caravan 2014 which traveled across the country for 6 days.

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Why ‘climate-smart agriculture’ isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Teresa Anderson

(Original article published on The Guardian)

Friday 17 October 2014


There’s a new phrase in town. A growing number of governments, corporations and NGOs are using the term climate-smart agriculture to describe their activities. With climate change affecting farming worldwide, you might assume we should be celebrating this as a step in the right direction.

But many organisations in the food movement are wary of or even opposed to this concept. They share growing concerns that the term is being used to green-wash practices that are, in fact, damaging for the climate and for farming. Many are worried that the promotion of climate-smart agriculture could end up doing more harm than good.

At the United Nations secretary general’s climate summit in New York last month, heads of state such as President Barack Obama referred to the need for climate-smart crops to weather the challenges ahead. The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, announced the launch of the new Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture, involving governments, corporations, research institutes and NGOs.

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October 16th, World Day of Action For Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations

Food Sovereignty is the right of the world’s peoples to produce and consume healthy food. Food cannot be reduced to a commodity in the hands of the transnational corporations

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_stoptnc_efsa_Llamado_16_de_Octubre_foto.jpgThe international peasant and family farmer movement, La Via Campesina, is calling upon its member organisations across the world, and on grassroots organisations, allied social groups, and concerned consumers to be part of the World Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty  and against  transnational corporations, this coming October 16th, 2014.

Every year La Via Campesina organizes this Day of solidarity, resistance, and mobilization in order to make citizens aware of the current threats to Peoples’ Food Sovereignty.

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