- Published on Friday, 18 March 2016 13:26
Press Release: March 17, 2016
The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) is announcing official support for the ‘Farming to London’ march taking place on Wednesday 23rd March 2016. LWA members will be travelling to London from across the UK to take part in the demonstration and to show solidarity with the UK’s wider farming community whose livelihoods have been undermined by policies of the Conservative government.
“We commend Farmers for Action (FFA) for calling this demonstration to highlight the inequality of the UK’s agriculture industry” says LWA spokesperson Ed Hamer. “The Conservative government’s drive for ‘sustainable intensification’ has focused public support on intensive technologies and markets, leading to commodification and price volatility and directly undermining the livelihoods of thousands of small, traditional and family farms across the country”.
- Published on Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:47
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, February 2016 edition, is now available. This newsletter highlights some of the actions and campaigns organised on March 8, the International Women’s Day. Also highlighted are articles on women issues and presentations at various fora by women leaders in Via Campesina. Other articles capture the on-going campaigns to protect peasant seeds from corporate capture and the need for FAO to support peasant seeds. The milk crisis in Europe continues to worsen as the EU leadership fails to respond to the calls from its dairy farmers. Watch also a selection of interesting videos on women’s struggle, peasants’ rights declaration and Jyoti Fernandes’ keynote presentation at the second Voedsel Anders’ (Food Otherwise) conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
International Condemnation: Honduras - End the violence and death against the peasant-indigenous movement
- Published on Thursday, 17 March 2016 04:30
(Managua, 16 March 2016) La Vía Campesina denounces the grave criminalization taking place in Honduras today in the form of prisons, repression and the assassination of peasant and indigenous leaders. In the last few weeks the situation has worsened greatly with the proliferation of hired assassins aiming to take the lives of those who demand land to produce food, of those who struggle against extractivism, dams, and agribusiness.
Yesterday, March 15th, several regrettable events took place which we summarize below. All require the urgent attention and action of our organizations, allies and human rights entities:
1. Assassination attempt on Cristian Alegría, cousin of Rafael Alegría, lawmaker for the Libre Party and Coordinator of La Vía Campesina Honduras. This attack ocurred in front of La Vía Campesina offices located at Colonia Alameda, Tegucigalpa.
2. Assassination of Nelson García, member of COPINH and community leader in Río Chiquito. This tragic event took place during the forced eviction of the Río Lindo community, in department of Cortés, when an estimated 100 police officers, 20 members of the military police, 10 members of the Army, and various members of DGIC invaded the territory previously recovered by 150 families, 75 of which had built homes in the area with materials and efforts they worked hard to obtain.
- Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:18
(Dhaka, March 8, 2016) Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation (BAFLF) & National Women Farmers & Workers Association (NWFA) celebrated the International Women’s Day 2016 with a theme ‘equal rights for women in everywhere including on land and resources, recognition in agriculture, ensuring women’s health, job security, livelihood, safety and dignity including women’s maternity right as right to food’.
BAFLF arranged a rally and a discussion meeting where women agricultural workers and women farmers participated to mark women’s day on 8 March. These events were held at BRRI headquarters, Gazipur, Dhaka. Dr. Jiban Krishna Biswas, Director General, Bangladesh Rice Research Institute (BRRI) attended the meeting as chief guest while Norjahan Begum vice president of NWFA presided over the programe and Asma Khatun, member of NWFA facilitated the whole programme. Among others Mr. Rahimuddin, president of BRRI workers’ Association, Golam Sorowor and Md. Mamun of BAFLF were present at the discussion meeting.