17 April : Day of Peasant's Struggle

17th of April : The Netherlands : Solidarity actions: more money for tomato pickers and attention for the negative impacts of GMOs in agriculture

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_thenetherlandscaled.jpg(The Hague, April 17, 2014) April 17 is the day for farmers struggles, proclaimed by La Vía Campesina, the international organisation of peasants and small farmers. On this day, in 1996, 19 landless farmers were killed in a protest in Brazil. In solidarity with Vía Campesina and the victims of large agricultural corporations, ASEED was involved in two small action in the days before April 17.

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17th of April : African Biodiversity Network Celebrates the International Day of Farmers' Struggles in Defence of Peasants and Farmers Seeds

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_17april_ABN_coverscaled.jpgThe African Biodiversity Network (ABN) partners have contributed to the edition of the network’s newsletter, highlighting their work in and with communities of reviving indigenous seed varieties. You can download the newsletter here, and read about the hidden agenda of the Crops Act in Kenya, the new scramble for Africa (How TNC attempt to control biodiversity in Africa), Community seeds and Knowledge, an experience in Northern Kenya with local communities to revive their indigeneous seeds, the knowledge of Tharaka culture to protect indigeneous livestock varieties, the work of the Institut for Culture and Ecology in Kenya to revive lost seeds and crops. 

Global Peasant Movement Exemplifies Power of Organized Humanity

Commemorating the International Day of Peasant Struggle

by Salena Tramel, Published on Thursday, April 17, 2014 by Common Dreams

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_17april_seedandfoodsovscaled.jpgSadly, yet not unlike the inception of many commemorative days, the events that inspired the first International Day of Peasant Struggle were soaked with blood. It was April 17, 1996, a calm day in the northern Brazilian municipality of Eldorado dos Carajás, where the country’s most renowned social movement, the Landless Worker’s Movement (MST) had organized a demonstration against the federal appropriation of a vacant ranch where nearly 3,000 rural working families were living and cultivating the land. The protest turned violent when the secretary of public security ordered police to clear the roadway – “at any cost”. The operation was costly indeed: nineteen people lost their lives in that event that would come to be known as the Eldorado dos Carajás massacre.

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April 17: Resistance Grows in Defense of Peasant Seeds

Press Release—la Vía Campesina

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_17april_INGLESscaled.jpg(Harare, April 16, 2014) This year millions of men and women farmers of the international peasant movement, La Vía Campesina, mobilize worldwide in favor of pasant seeds. Since April 17, 1996 (1) la Vía Campesina designated this day as a global day of action with allies and firends.

With more than 100 actions at a local and global level (see map) in all continents, la Via Campesina reasserts the importance of local struggles and at the same time underlines the need of a global resistance and organization between the cities and the rural areas. Actions such as land occupations, agroecological festivities, debates and seed exchanges will be carried out until the end of the month as part of these global days of action.

La Vía Campesina denounces laws and interests that seek to prohibit the use, exchange and access to peasant seeds that we consider a heritage of the people at the service of humanity, as well as food sovereignty as part of a commitment to end hunger in the world.

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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


(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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