Actions and Events
- Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:26
(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".
Recognize current crisis and implement public regulation tools for dairy market, says the European dairy farmers
- Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:34
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.
- Published on Monday, 29 June 2015 16:19
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.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 June 2015 20:36
Press Release – Brussels, 16th June 2015
European Coordination of Via Campesina stands in solidarity with the farmers protest taking place around Europe.
European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) supports the demonstration of farmers that will take place on 17 June in Amiens, France, and is in solidarity with the activists put on trial there. The struggle against the “1000 cow factory farm”, for which those on trial are being persecuted, has become an important symbol of the global fight against the industrialization of the agriculture.
The distorted competition created by factory farms holds multiple risks for farmers livelihoods, rural employment, food quality and the environment. Factory farms drive down prices by exploiting workers, livestock and the environment – costs for which they do not pay. In addition their investments drive up the cost of land, denying local farmers and new entrants access to agricultural land. These crimes are paid for by European taxes and supported by public policies such as CAP subsidies, investment support and prices guaranteed for the energy from bio-gas and photovoltaic all while destroying the peasant family farming. At the same time, the dismantling of the European milk quota system makes it even harder for family farmers to secure an honest livelihood and pitches small dairy farms into direct competition with factory farms that retain a price advantage only by externalising their costs onto the public.