17 April : Day of Peasant's Struggle

On 17 April 2015, dairy intensification is not the way to a fair food future

April 17, 2015 (first published on http://www.australianfoodsovereigntyalliance.org/blog/)

Community unites with farmers in resistance to dairy expansion in Bass Coast Shire

The proposed multi-million dollar expansion of Kernot Dairy, owned by the Chinese corporation Ningbo, is raising the ire of farmers and local residents in Gippsland on a day that commemorates the struggle of small farmers internationally.

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) and Fair Food Farmers United (FFFU) are supporting the campaign against the expansion of the dairy in solidarity with the local community and the worldwide family farmers’ movement La Via Campesina, which celebrates the International Day of Peasant Struggle on April 17.

While Australian farmers and food workers do not experience the physical intimidation and violence that many small-scale farmers face world-wide, AFSA says they are subject to the same negative impacts of the increasing power of foreign multinational companies.

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Letter of Solidarity for Korean farmers struggle against the construction of golf course in Korea

2015-04-04 South Korea KPL.jpgSouth Korea, Wonju, April 20, 2015) La Via Campesina regional South East Asia and East Asia met with Korean Peasant League (KPL) and Korean Women Peasant Association (KWPA) members in Wonju, Gangwon Province, South Korea.

Gangwon Province contains some of the country’s most impressive mountain and national parks, including Sorak-san and Odae-san National Parks. The mountainous terrain also provides excellent slopes for several ski resorts and golf courses.

The construction of golf courses in this province has seized the land of the farmers; they have been fighting for almost 11 years to protect their land from the land grabbing carried out by Transnational Corporation. On august 29, 2014, sixteen people were expulsed from their farming land. People protested the construction of the golf courses by camping in front of the government office for 590 days and filed law suits but most of the struggles were not victorious.

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Farmers and agriculture workers in Bangladesh continue struggle for rights to land and food sovereignty

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-04-BAFLF_17_April.jpgBangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation (BAFLF)

Press Release

Farmers and agriculture workers in Bangladesh continue their struggle for their rights to land, proper land reform and food sovereignty

Today 17 April 2015, in memory of the massacre of 19 Brazilian landless peasants Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation (BAFLF), Bangladesh Sramajibi Kendra (BSK) and Jatiyo Krishani-Shamik Samiti (JKSS) jointly observed International Day of Peasant Farmer Struggles Against Transnational Companies and free trade agreements declared by Via Campesina April 17th.

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On April 17, AMAP demands land ownership rights for land tillers

2015-04-AMAP demo.jpg(Pakistan, Lahore, April 17, 2015) Anjuman-e-Muzareen Punjab, Pakistan (AMP) (A Movement of Landless peasants) organized a demonstration on “International Peasants’ Day” on Tuesday, the 17th of April 2015 at 3:30 pm, in front of the Lahore Press Club, Lahore.

Its purpose is to have ownership rights to those who have been tilling almost a century. In this protest, the peasants reminded, the Punjab government who had promised in the high level meeting between leaders of AMP and senior advisers of Chief Minister of Punjab on the day of AMP’s peasants Long March on 9 March 2010 and 2011 to give this land to the tenants. Up till now, still they have not fulfilled their promises. They also demanded to put an end all fake cases against the leaders of AMP. There were hundreds of peasants representatives including women, children, political leaders and social activists participated in this event.

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April 17: Lobby action tour on TTIP, impacts for food and farmers

2015-04- TTPP Lobby.jpg17 April: International Day of Farmers’ Struggle  and 18 April: Global Day of Action against TTIP

(Belgium, Brussels, April 17, 2015) On 17 April, Via Campesina, the D190-20 Alliance and Corporate Europe Observatory held a lobby tour around the Brussels European quarter, highlighting the corporate lobbies who are pushing an aggressive agenda around TTIP (the EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated). There was a particular emphasis on the impacts TTIP will have, if passed, for farmers’ livelihoods, food standards, and for the way food is produced in the EU. The next negotiation round will take place on 20 April, this time in New York.

More pictures:https://www.flickr.com/photos/corporateeuropeobservatory/ (link is external)

Around 70 people joined the tour, including a Europe-wide delegation of members of Via Campesina and many journalists. The 17 April is Via Campesina’s International Day (link is external) of Farmers’ Struggle, this year focussing on the impacts of free trade agreements on farmers’ livelihoods. The following day, 18 April, is the Global Day of Action (link is external) against free trade agreements, notably TTIP. In Belgium, a big demonstration is organised for Brussels.

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Farmers Fast Track Protest at Chicago Mercantile Exchange

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-04-Peasant_Day_at_CME_group_s.jpg(USA, Chicago, April 17, 2015) On International Day of Peasant Struggle, April 17, 2015, members of Family Farm Defenders and allies gathered to protest Fast Track and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in front of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. They see eliminating the Fast-Track trade authority as the way to stop the U.S. from signing on to the TPP.

John Peck (Executive Director of Family Farm Defenders) summarized what the TPP was: "The Trans-Pacific Partnership is basically like NAFTA for the Pacific...If TPP passes thousands of American dairy farmers will go bankrupt...It will also downgrade a lot of consumer safety standards, [such as] the right to know." We should also note that the AFL-CIO in discussing the TPP has said that "what is known is cause for great concern."

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April 17th to put focus on farmers' struggle against TTIP and “free” trade agreements

Press Release, 16 April 2015

ecvc-ceo.jpgTo mark International Day of Farmer and Peasant Struggle tomorrow, farmers' movement Via Campesina, lobby watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory, and Belgian social alliance D19-20 areorganising a lobby tour around the Brussels EU district tohighlight the impact of trade agreements on small-scale agriculture.

Starting at 11.30, the tour will highlight how trade agreements such as TTIP, CETA and TPP put the rights of big business over all other concerns. We will visit various lobby offices and EU institutions where officials are preparing the next round of EU-US trade negotiations (starting 20 April in Washington DC).

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