- Published on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 19:32
(New Delhi, India, November 29, 2014) Concerned over alleged lack of transparency of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), farmers' organisations and trade unions today demanded an immediate halt to negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) proposed to take place in December.
The organisations and unions have shot off a letter to Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asking the government to stop the negotiations and charged RCEP will jeopardize government's efforts to revive the manufacturing sector, deeply affect agriculture and production of and access to affordable medicines.
- Published on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:26
Submitted to the People's SAARC, Kathmandu, Nepal and UNFCCC meeting (COP 20), Lima, Peru
We men and women, small farmers, Adivasis, agricultural Labourers, workers, fishfolk, landless people, plantation workers, hawkers and youth Organized a caravan across Bangladesh, India and Nepal to bring people together for climate justice and peoples solutions to the climate crisis. Our 13 day South Asian Climate Justice, Gender and Food Sovereignty Caravan, was Organized by the Bangladesh Krishok Federation; Bangladesh Kishani Sabha, Friends of Bangladesh and All Nepal Peasant's Federation and included in Original Movements as well as the Bangladesh Adivasi Samity, Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation, EKOTTRO, National Hawkers 'Federation, Progressive Plantation Workers' Union, All Nepal Women's Association, MONLAR, La Via Campesina and Which are peoples Movements Struggling for dignity and the rights of rural and working people. We visited 12 towns and cities of Bangladesh, India and Nepal. We were joined by many in the same Struggle from our sister peasant Organisations of India; Sri Lanka; Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines; as well as friends of our Struggles from the UK; US, Germany, Sweden and Australia. Our Caravan culminated in a three day 'People's SAARC' held in Kathmandu, Nepal Where Movements meat together to discuss alternative solutions to the climate crisis, and hold Demonstrations demanding climate justice. Together we are part of the overall people's resistance for climate justice.
In the towns and cities we held meetings, workshops and seminars on the key issues facing our Communities. Through it esta caravan That Became clear to us our problems are shared by our brother and sister farmers in South Asia and across the world. These are dominated by the planetary emergency created by the climate crisis. Our very existence is becoming precarious-through landlessness; land grabbing by elites; Local government corruption; gender inequality and discrimination (especially women's dual labor in the household and in the fields), and the imposition industry of market-based agricultural methods (including the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers) Which Have Increased our production costs and debts and forced Peasants from Their lands and livelihoods.
- Published on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 17:19
La Via Campesina Press Release
On this International Day of Action Against Violence Towards Women, La Via Campesina is again denouncing the structural violence that women have to confront each day and that has been systematically silenced, made to appear natural, and rendered invisible by patriarchal capitalist society.
In 2008, in its Vth Conference, La Via Campesina launched the Global Campaign to End Violence Towards Women, both as an urgent appeal for a social, cultural, and political change in peoples, in communities, and in organisations, and as a challenge to society as a whole to effect a cultural transformation in order to overcome the relations of inequality between men and women.
Violence and oppression against women existed in pre-capitalist societies, but it is since the onset of capitalism that violence in all its forms – political, economic, physical, and pyschological – has intensified. Today, violence against women is found among all social classes, generations, and sexual orientations, affecting both urban women and rural women.
- Published on Friday, 21 November 2014 04:28
(Rome November 20th, 2014)
La Via Campesina and URGENCI, jointly with other Social movements, gathered in Rome for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2), where Member States of FAO and WHO are discussing and adopting a framework for action on nutrition. This event, organised jointly by FAO and WHO, is happening 22 years after the first ICN, 22 years in which no improvements have been made by the international community; 22 years in which the private sector has captured nutrition as a business opportunity to provide a never-ending list of “nutrient-enriched” and GMO pseudo-solutions to consumers. Transnational corporations have no place in trade agreements or our food systems!