17 April : Day of Peasant's Struggle

April 17 : The Netherlands (The Hague) Land concentration, land grabbing, and people’s struggles in Europe: Infographic

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_17april_TNIscreenshootscaled.jpg(April 17, 2014, The Hague) On April 17, 2013 the Transnational Institute published, for the Hands off The Land Alliance and the European Coordination of La Via Campesina, a series of studies on key land issues in Europe under the title “Land Concentration, Land Grabbing, and People’s Struggles in Europe.” This collection of case studies put to rest the idea that land grabbing is a phenomenon restricted to the Global South and showed that millionsof European farmers are being squeezed off their land, which is increasingly being captured for large-scale production or non-agricultural uses. To commemorate the one year anniversary of the book’s publication and to continue to spread some of its key messages, TNI is proud to release an infographic designed to clearly illustrate central issues in an accessible form.

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April 17 : Philippines (Quezon) lighting of torches outside of the Office of the Department of Agrarian Reform

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_17april_torch_philippinesscaled.jpg(April 17, Quezon) Here are some pictures during the lighting of torches in the 3 crosses erected near the farmers' camp outside of the Office of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Quezon City, Philippines to celebrate the International Day of Farmers’ Struggles in defense of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Seeds.

With us during the occasion were student leaders from the University of the Philippines (UP). The officers of the UP Student Council and representatives from the Focus on the Global South. All of them are in support of the struggles of the three (3) farmer organizations, members of PARAGOS-PILIPINAS, to own the land they till and occupy. Members of La Via Campesina, Regional Southeast Asia visited the camp last October 2013 in solidarity with the farmers' struggles. The camp- out of the farmers started last October, 2012 and it is almost one year and six months now that have been camping out to press their demands to have their lands covered under the agrarian reform program of the government and they VOW not to SURRENDER until their demands are fulfilled.

FIAN International joins this year's global day of action in defense of the struggles of farmers and peasants on April 17

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_17april_philippinesfarmers.jpg(April 17, 2014 - Heidelberg, Germany)  In a context of increasing land concentration, Agrarian Reform continues being one crucial measure to address the unequal distribution of natural resources and the lack of access to land and other natural resources for millions of peasants and agricultural workers worldwide, states FIAN International on this year's global day of action and mobilization in defense of the struggles of farmers and peasants on April 17.

Since 1996, April 17 has been declared the International Day of Farmer and Peasant Struggles by La Via Campesina in memory of the 19 Brazilian landless peasants organized in the Movement of Landless Rural Workers (MST) who were massacred by the state police. Joining this international call to highlight the struggles of peasants taking place in different parts of the world, FIAN International emphasizes today the role of agrarian reform in this process.

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April 17 : Pakistan (Multan) Walk on peasants' rights

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_17april_pakistanscaled.jpgOn April 17, Multan, to commemorate the international day of peasants' struggle, The NGO called Human Rights Commission in Pakistan organized a walk in defense of peasants' rights.

April 17 : Nepal (Kathmandu) ANPFa pays tribute to the martyrs of MST

(Kathmandu, April 17, 2014) in Nepal, LVC member All Nepal Peasants' Federation (ANPFa) organized an interaction program in Kathmandu to mark the day. The program was chaired by acting president of ANPFa, former Minister Keshab Lal Shrestha. Honorable Deputy Prime Minister Com. Bamdev Gautam, Honorable Minister for Agriculture Development Hari Prasad Parajuli, Honorable Minister for Land Reform Dal Bahadur Rana were few special guests to name.

The program started with one minute silent paying tribute and homage to the Martyrs was conducted by deputy general secretary of ANPFa, Balram Banskota. Honorable CA member and ICC member of LVC com. Shanta Manavi, General Secretary of ANPFa Prem Dangal, Constituent Assembly members, Peasant leaders, members of right to food and food sovereignty groups, and media person including youth and women peasants were present in this special gathering.

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April 17 : Bangladesh (Dhaka and Gazipur) "Resistance grows in defense of seeds"

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_17april_bangladeshscaled.JPGOn 17 April 2014, The member organization of La Via Campesina, Bangladesh Krishok Federation(BKF), Bangladesh Kishani Sabha(BKS) and Bangladesh Adivasi Samity organized a discussion meeting in observance of International Peasant Struggle Day focusing this year's theme slogan "Resistance grows in defense of seeds". Presided over by Badrul Alam, President of Bangladesh Krishok Federation, the meeting was held in its Central Office based in Motijheel, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

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17 of April : United Kingdom (London) The land workers’ Alliance want to see small-scale producers put at the heart of decision making in agricultural policy.

(London, April 17th) 100 farmers and growers from the Landworkers’ Alliance travelled to London from around the country to protest outside the head offices of DEFRA and the National Farmers Union.

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Under the leadership of Owen Patterson over the past two years DEFRA has strengthened its support of large-scale industrial agriculture and marginalized smaller producers, while the NFU has consistently lobbied for the interests of agribusiness and ignored the views of smaller farmers.

The land workers’ Alliance want to see small-scale producers put at the heart of decision making in agricultural policy.

“DEFRA needs to recognise the role of small-scale producers in contributing to the national food economy, as well as the environmental and social services provided by these producers,” says Ed Hamer from the LWA.  “As a matter of urgency we demand that DEFRA create policies conducive to a sustainable food future for all.”

The demonstration took place in solidarity with the April 17th – The International Day of Peasant Struggles. A global day of action called by La Via Campesina, the international union of peasant farmers which has over 200 million members worldwide.

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