- Published on Monday, 25 January 2016 19:41
(France, Bagnolet, January 21, 2016) With COP21 still in full swing, political and legal pressure increased on the peasants of Notre-Dame-des-Landes. Four individuals and 11 families who had rejected the expropriation of the farmland are now being sued by AGO-Vinci, the project contractor that cannot start work while these homes are inhabited. They have requested a penalty payment of 200 euros/day per file (there are up to five in some cases), the capture and sequestration of herds and an exception the French law banning residential evictions between 1 November and 31 March. The court hearing was held on Wednesday, 13 December. Deliberations will take place on 25 January - we will keep you informed of the result.
- Published on Thursday, 14 January 2016 14:29
(Harare, January 12, 2016) Zimbabwe is facing a very serious drought this agricultural season 2015/16. A similar situation obtains in the rest of the Southern Africa region. The drought is reportedly linked to the El Niño. Since October 2015, a month when the rain starts, the region experienced unprecedented heat wave, temperature soaring as high as 42 degrees Celsius. The heat wave persisted into November and December and early January 2016, months which traditionally are peak rainfall. Only a few drops were received.
Most peasant farmers who planted their crops in November last year, have lost all such crops as it has wilted succumbing to the heat. Some farmers replanted hoping that the rains would come but this crop too has faced the fate. Small grains are affected too.
- Published on Tuesday, 12 January 2016 15:21
Brussels, January 11, 2016
European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) kindly invites you to a public debate it is organizing on the current crisis of the European dairy sector, this Thursday 14 January at 2pm in the International Press Center.
The discussion with Indian dairy farmer Kannaiyan Subramaniam, representative of the Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements of South India (SICCFM), along with his European counterparts, will shed light on the export policy response of the EU to the dairy crisis as well as share insight on the current free trade agreement negotiated between India and the EU.
- Published on Friday, 08 January 2016 15:44
By Marienna Pope-Weidemann (First published on 13/12/15 by New Internationalist)
La Via Campesina’s agroecology and food sovereignty offers one possible path toward climate justice, writes Marienna Pope-Weidemann in part one of this two part series.
In 2007, a man named Keno was killed with two bullets to the chest at point blank range near the Iguagu National Park in Brazil. He was one of many farmers peacefully occupying a GMO research plant to protest the imposition of an industrial agricultural system that had no place for them. The men who murdered him were part of a private militia working for the Syngenta biotech corporation. They perpetrated what the courts would later describe as an attempted ‘massacre’ to, in Syngenta’s chilling words: ‘propagate the idea that every action results in a reaction.’