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Intervention by La Via Campesina at the ‘30th FAO Regional Conference for Europe and Central Asia’, in Turkey

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-05-05-Adnan-obanolu.jpg(Antalya Turkey, May 5, 2016) Adnan Çobanoğlu from the Confederation of Farmers’ Unions (ÇİFTÇİ-SEN), a member organization of La Via Campesina, made a few important interventions at the 30th FAO Regional Conference for Europe and Central Asia, being held in Antalya, Turkey. Here is the full text of his interventions.


I am a farmer from Çiftçi-SEN, member of La Via Campesina and I am representing Smallholders on behalf of the CSO’s in Europe and Central Asia. With regards to the regional initiatives of the FAO we want to underline once again the core priorities identified by the CSO consultation to support the achievement of sustainable agricultural development, food security and realization of the SDGs:

Our first priority is the implementation of the regional initiatives related to development of the Agroecology. As you may know, FAO has organized Agroecology Symposia in Latin America, Africa and Asia. This year the FAO Agroecology Symposium will be organized also in Europe. Therefore, FAO should also support Agroecology at regional and national level. 

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Interview with Wendy Cruz on the challenges for the advance of Agrarian Reform

27 April 2016: Struggles and proposals are the main element on the agenda of popular organizations of Honduras given the adverse situation experienced in the country. During the International Conference on Agrarian Reform, Real World Radio interviewed Wendy Cruz of La Via Campesina Honduras.

04-05-2016-wendyRealmundio.jpgAbout the possibilities and conditions for agrarian reform in the critical Honduran context, Wendy made reference to the Bill on Integral Agrarian Reform with Gender Equality submitted to Parliament by Rafael Alegría, MP of the Libertad y Refundación Party and member of La Via Campesina International, a tool against neoliberal policies installed in the country since the coup d´ Etat of 2009.

“For us, women, it is key to have a new agrarian reform law due to the crisis experienced in the country: currently, over 80% of peasant women (2 million) do not have access to land”, said the peasant leader.

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Fighting for food

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.

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La Vía Campesina: In defense of democracy and the social civil rights in Brazil

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Solidaridad_Brasil_RA.JPG(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.

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The Right to Food Sovereignty – public peasant consultation

2016-04-15-ECOS Rurals PosterFB_EN.pngConference invitation

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.

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UAWC provides Agricultural materials to agricultural cooperatives

(Ramallah, April 2016) Tb_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-04-11-UAWC_Irrigation.jpghe union of Agricultural Work Committees provided cooperative in the governorates of Tulkarem, Qalqilia, and Tubas with agricultural supplies within " Market Oriented and Sustainable High Value Crops Sector Development in the West Bank and Gaza Strip" project, which is funded by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture.

The UAWC confirmed that its staff supplied agricultural tools, and irrigation systems for each Ateel cooperative and Thinnaba Cooperative in the governorate of Tulkarem, Agricultural & Marketing cooperative in the governorate of Qalqilya, and Tammoun cooperative in the governorate of Tubas.

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UAWC concluded the second phase from "Deprived Families Economic Empowerment Program"

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-04-11-UAWC_Project.jpg(Ramallah, April 4, 2016) the Union of Agricultural Work Committees concluded the second phase from "Deprived Families Economic Empowerment Program" (DEEPII). Which is targeted 60 families from the governorates of Tulkarm, Qalailia, and Salfit through small income-generating projects.

The UAWC's project Coordinator, Mohamed Yassin, confirmed that the project aims at improving the standards of living for Palestinian families by supporting the economic growth for the targeted families, and reducing the unemployment rate, thus, improving the standards of livings in the Palestinian society, pointing out that the project began in February 2015 and continues to the end of the month of April 2016.

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