Actions and Events

April 17 : United Kingdom : Feeding the Future

Press release of the Landworkers' Alliance.

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_17april_UK_april_17th_flier.jpg(London, March 26, 2014) The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) will be holding a demonstration outside the Head office of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), 17 Smith Square London, at 12.00pm on Thursday 17th April. The demonstration is part of Via Campesina’s international day of peasant’s struggle which will see co-ordinated actions taking place across more than seventy countries worldwide.

The LWA is a coalition of small-scale producer across the UK whose interests are not currently acknowledged or represented by DEFRA. Under the leadership of Owen Paterson over the past two years the Department has strengthened its support of large-scale industrial agriculture and further marginalized smaller producers in its efforts to promote “Sustainable Intensification” as the only solution to feeding the world.

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April 17 : United States - Family Farmers and Allies to Protest Dairy Price Fixing and Global Carbon Trading

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(Chicago, Illinois, April 9, 2014) – To mark Via Campesina’s International Day of Peasant Struggle, family farmers and their allies will converge at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) – 141 W. Jackson – at noon on Friday April 18, 2014 to expose the rampant price fixing by commodity speculators that drives the ongoing global food and climate crisis.

Family Farm Defenders’ annual protest at the CME demands greater social responsibility and transparency from one of Chicago’s most lucrative and secretive corporations, which posts billions of dollars in profits while rural workers and family farmers live in poverty

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April 17th : International Day of Farmers' Struggles in defence of Peasants' and Farmers' Seeds

International Call of La Vía Campesina

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_17april_entete17_avrilscaled.jpg(Harare, March 4, 2014) We, the women and men farmers and peasants belonging to the Via Campesina, are calling for this April 17th to be a global day of action and mobilisation in defence of the struggles of farmers and peasants, and, in particular, in defence of peasants' and farmers' seeds.

Seeds have a fundamental place in the struggle for food sovereignty. With every growing cycle, the crops that feed the world's peoples - how they are grown and by whom they are grown - depend on seeds. Seeds also transmit the vision, the knowledge, the practices and the culture of farming and peasant communities.

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South Africa : "Our Resources, Our Future, Putting Local People First"

Declaration of the The Alternative Mining Indaba

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_stoptnc_AMIndaba.jpg(Cape Town, South Africa 4th to 6thFebruary 2014) We, representatives of Civil Society Organisations; Faith Based Organisations, Pan-African Networks and Organisations, Labour Movements, media, international partners and Community Based Organisations;

Having gathered at the Ritz Hotel, Cape Town on the occasion of the 5th Alternative Mining Indaba (AMI) from 4th to 6th February, 2014, express our deep concern in how development is shaping investment including extractives and the continued limited contribution of the extractive sector in the development agenda of African Countries especially to the lives of ordinary people.

The representative persons from organisations in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and Europe met and reaffirmed their belief in a society that puts people first before profits. Once again we find ourselves confronted by corporate greed and the lack of government will in protecting the environment, social and economic well-being of communities.

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