- Published on Saturday, 16 April 2016 19:46
Farmers are putting their lives on the line in the struggle to grow our food. Ben O’Hanlon, Senior International Programmes Officer (Food Justice) at War on Want, explains. This article was first carried by New Internationalist and later by War on Want
This 17 April is the 20th annual International Day of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Struggle. It is also a solemn reminder of the risks that millions of farmers face in their seemingly innocuous ambition to simply grow and sell food.
Twenty years ago, on 17 April 1996, 19 farmers, members of the country’s Landless Workers’ Movement, were killed in the Brazilian state of Pará as they tried to occupy an unproductive ranch near Eldorado dos Carajás. Military police opened fire on the protestors, resulting in one of the worst massacres of modern Brazilian history. Two more farmers died from their injuries in the following days, and hundreds were seriously injured.
- Published on Saturday, 16 April 2016 02:20
(Marabá, 15 April 2015) The Via Campesina International gathered in Maraba, Para, Brazil for the International Conference on Agrarian Reform, on April 13th through April 17, 2016, with representatives from 28 countries from the 10 regions that compose it, would like to publicly manifest their concern with the current political situation in Brazil. We also repudiate any type of politically-motivated manuveur pro-coup d'etat that puts democracy at risk. We defend the immediate implementation of a Popular Agrarian Reform and the deepening of public policies of social inclusion and income redistribution in Brazil.
The Brazilian ruling class, and the agri-business oppose the redistribution of land and the guarantees for rights of all Brazilian workers. We know that imperialist companies want the privatization of Brazil's natural resources, for their own lucrative endeavors, denying the social ownership of these resources for the public interest.
We are in solidarity with the people in struggle in Brazil and the Brazilian people because we understand that this attack of the coup hungry Right, is orchestrated as a great imperialist coup in other parts of the world, especially in Latin America.
- Published on Friday, 15 April 2016 18:42
Eco Ruralis Association together with partners, have the pleasure to invite you to the Conference for The Right to Food Sovereignty – public peasant consultation – on 24 April, 2016, starting at 11:30 am, at the Conference Center of the National Statistics Institute of Romania (Libertății Bvd., no. 16, sector 5, Bucharest).
It will be the first time that Romania hosts a Food Sovereignty event, putting peasants in the center of decisions for the future of farming and food.
- Published on Friday, 15 April 2016 17:39
Press Release: La Via Campesina
(Harare, 15 April 2016): On April 17, The International Day of Peasant’s Struggle - millions of peasants and their allies – women and men – around the world are uniting in action to commemorate the massacre of 19 landless farmers in 1996in Brazil and to continue the struggle for land and life. Two decades after that despicable incident took place in Eldorado dos Carajás, peasants and peasant leaders continue to be assaulted and killed for defending their rights. The killing of Honduras activist, Berta Caceres, and other peasants in Columbia, Philippines and Brazil in recent weeks and the criminalization of social protest and many other forms of human rights abuses continue.
La Via Campesina denounces all forms of injustices that affect the peasant way of life, an important heritage of the people at the service of humanity.