World Social Forum

To Reclaim Our Future, We Must Change the Present: Our Proposal for Changing the System and not the Climate

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The capitalist system has exploited and abused nature, pushing the planet to its limits, so much so that the system has accelerated dangerous and fundamental changes in the climate.

Today, the severity and multiplicity of weather changes – characterized by droughts, desertification, floods, hurricanes, typhoons, forest fires and the melting of glaciers and sea ice – indicate that the planet is burning. These extreme changes have direct impacts on humans through the loss lives, livelihoods, crops and homes all of which have led to human displacement in the form of forced migration and climate refugees on a massive an unprecedented scale.

Humanity and nature are now standing at a precipice. We can stand idle and continue the march into an abysmal future too dire to imagine, or we can take action and reclaim a future that we have all hoped for.

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Tunis 2013: If we rely on corporate seed, we lose food sovereignty

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It has become crucial to defend seeds. In the past 20 or 30 years, what was once seen as normal – peasant farmers growing, selecting, saving and exchanging seeds – has come under attack from corporations seeking to control and commodify the very basis of agriculture.

This was the subject of the session at the World Social Forum in Tunis on Peasant Seeds jointly organized on March 28, 2013 by La Vía Campesina, GRAIN and the ETC Group.

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Tunisia, Opening March of World Social Forum 2013

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Tunis, 2013: La Via Campesina in solidarity with the aspirations of the Maghreb and Makrech people

LA VIA CAMPESINA WORLD SOCIAL FORUM, MARCH 2013, TUNIS

Press Release 

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The global peasants and food sovereignty movement -La Via Campesina organized a press conference on the 27th March, at the Media center in the El Manar university at the inaugural day of the World Social Forum in Tunis. 

The speakers at the press conference were Josie Riffaud of the Confederacion Paysanne in France, Ibrahima Coulibaly of the Coordination Nationale de Organisations Paysannes of Mali, Nandini Jairam of the Karnataka State Farmers Association of India and Angel Strapazzon from the Indigenous and Peasants Movement (MNCI) of Argentina.

LVC has come to Tunis in a large delegation of more than 50 women and men peasants from around the world. “we come in solidarity with the aspirations of the Maghreb and Makrech people. We are here to start a dialogue about defending peasant agriculture. The majority of the worlds people are small peasants, but there is a corporate assault on their resources – land, seeds, markets and water. It is crucial for us to build unity between peasants around the world and defend peasant agriculture to feed the world and provide dignified livelihoods,” said Josie Riffaud. 

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La Via Campesina press conference at World Social Forum

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(Tunis, 25 of March 2013).

To the members of the media,

You are cordially invited to a press conference of the global peasants and food sovereignty movement -La Via Campesina on the occasion of the inauguration of the World Social Forum in Tunis.

When: 9 am, 27 March 2013

Where: Media Center, University El Manar.

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La Via Campesina program of activities at the WSF

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(Tunis, 25 of March 2013). From March 26 to 30, the International peasant´s movement La Via Campesina will be at the World Social Forum, in Tunis - capital city of Tunisia. More than 50 farmers from all continents of the globe will gather in Tunis, joining thousands of other activists from around the world.

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La Via Campesina will defend food sovereignty as the solution to the food, economic and climate crises.

At the World Social Forum, La Via Campesina will be part of the Climate Space and the International Migrations Space and will build solidarity with women from the Magreb-Machreb region and from around the world. The World Social Forum is a place to build alliances and consolidate alternatives to the current social, environmental and economic crises.

 

Farmers of the world at the World Social Forum in Tunis: “Stop Land Grabbing, reject GMO seeds, and develop food Sovereignty!”

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La Via Campesina media advisory

From March 26 to 30, the International peasant´s movement La Via Campesina will be at the World Social Forum, in Tunis - capital city of Tunisia. More than 50 farmers from all continents of the globe will gather in Tunis, joining thousands of other activists from around the world.

This important event is happening in Tunisia, a country that was subjected to an oppressive regime many years, and whose people rose up and demanded democracy, something Tunisian civil society is still struggling to fully achieve. Nor should we forget that the "Arab Spring", in Tunisia started when a Tunisian street food vendor set himself on fire to protest against the confiscation of his produce and the humiliation he suffered in the hands of Tunisian municipal authorities.

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