- Published on Thursday, 05 November 2015 20:49
(Ramallah, November 5, 2015)- the Union of Agricultural Work Committees, numbers of local and international volunteers, students from Al-Quds University- Beit Hanina and Birzeit University, members of agricultural committees, and Doma and Turmusaya 's citizens, participated in the success of UAWC’s olive harvest campaign under the banner "Like olive trees' root, we resist".
The UAWC's Acting Director, Fuad Abu Saif, confirmed UAWC's olive harvest campaign came as support of olive farmers since it targeted areas whose farmers cannot reach their lands and their trees in this season alone because of settlement and settlers' activities while pointing out that what is happened with Dawabshah Family is the greatest example of the occupation and setters' crimes which target all aspects of Palestinian society. He added that these campaigns aimed to deliver a message for farmers that we stand in solidarity with their struggles, and everything reinforced their steadfastness on his land.
- Published on Monday, 02 November 2015 17:46
Brussels, 2 November 2015
Mr. Phil Hogan
Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
Open letter – Milk Powder in favour of real milk to produce healthy dairy products
Dear Commissioner Hogan,
Since 1974, before the establishment of the Single CMO, law 138 has been in force in Italy, prohibiting the reconstitution of milk for human consumption. In short, the law prohibits the use of milk powder for the production of cheese and other derivatives. In May 2015 the European Commission asked the Italian authorities to change this law, claiming that it creates a distortion of the market. At the end of September, the Italian government rejected the European request and announced its intention to maintain the current legislation, asserting that it does not distort the market because it restricts the production, not the trade, of products made with powdered milk on the Italian territory.
- Published on Monday, 02 November 2015 17:37
(Bangalore, India, October 31, 2015) On the 28th of October, the International Seminar on Peasant Struggle in India was held at Samvada in Bangalore, India, organized by La Via Campesina South Asia. This seminar kicked off a ten-day Zero Budget Natural Farming seminar and training, which would continue from October 30th- November 5th at Amritha Bhoomi (LVC Agroecology school). It brought together activists from across the globe. Bharatiya Kisan Union (India), MONLAR (Sri Lanka), ANPFA (Nepal), Bangladesh Krishok Federation (Bangladesh), Black Sea Uprising (Turkey), SPI (Indonesia), Assembly of the Poor (Thailand), ZIMSOFF (Zimbabwe), MVIWATA (Tanzania), MST (Brazil), and Boricuá (Puerto Rico) were all represented.
The program kicked off with an interactive learning exercise that introduced participants to the lives of farmers in India today. Participants were grouped into “families” of three or four people, who were then given a slip of paper with their family details. One family’s members were powerful landlords with many acres and a lot of money in savings, another family consisted of landless laborers with very little income, and another family’s members were shopkeepers who owned no land but had monthly income from their business.
- Published on Monday, 02 November 2015 17:27
Press release: The milk crises of 2015 – a dialogue of farmers’ movements October 21, 2015
(Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, October 22, 2015) Farmer leaders from the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Food Sovereignty Alliance (FSA), Karnataka Rajya Ryatha Sangha (KRRS), South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movements (SICCFM), Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movements (ICCFM), Tamizhaga Vivasayigal Sangam and the Tamil Nadu Women’s Collective, participated in a dialogue on the ongoing milk crises confronting small and marginal dairy farmers across India. The Food Sovereignty Alliance (FSA) convened this dialogue in Chennai, on October 21, 2015, to chalk out a collective strategy to protect the livelihoods of small and marginal dairy farmers and people’s milk markets (commonly referred to as the “informal” or “unorganised” dairy sector).
A price war is raging between dairy processors (cooperatives and private companies) of the organised dairy sector, to sell milk to consumers at extremely low prices in urban centres. This has been accompanied by a steep reduction in milk procurement prices paid to farmers by dairy processors and the volume of milk procured by them. The current procurement prices, are far below the production costs incurred by farmers, thus driving them into ever deepening debt. Small and marginal farmers, whose livelihoods depend on selling milk and who are the backbone of the milk market, have been hardest hit. This has also severely affected the people’s milk markets.