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Nutrition is not for profit: Second International Conference on Nutrition

(Rome November 20th, 2014)

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_foodsov_nutrition-rome.jpgLa 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!

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Statement of Assembly of the Poor

We Appeal to International Community to Pressure Thai Military Junta to Immediately Stop Suppression of Social Activists and Return Sovereignty to Thai People

Assembly of the Poor is the nationwide network of grassroots people who are made poor by the negative impacts of the government’s policies in Thailand. From our struggles pressuring and demanding all Thai governments to solve the problems, we realize that democracy and human rights are the most important tools for us to protect our lives, our livelihood, our communities and our natural resources. Therefore, we continue to fight for democracy. We are aware that democratic system in Thailand was weak. But the absence of democracy is the most dreadful weakness. 

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The World in Crisis: Synthesis of the First Working Day of the World Meeting of Popular Movements

vatican-1.jpgRome, October 27th, 2014

Inspired by the contributions of the Italian political activist Antonio Gramsci, on the basis of a pessimistic analysis and an optimistic approach to action, we made the following observations:

  1. National and international Capital has launched an offensive to take over and privatise natural resources (Biodiversity, Water, Oxygen etc.) This offensive is mainly focused on mining installations and  hydro-electric and nuclear power plants, all of which cause very serious problems - such as the destruction of the biomass, climate change, and evictions - as well as impinging directly upon the sovereignty of countries and of peoples.
  2. Seeds have been privatised and turned into commodities. Genetically modified plants, together with their accompanying toxic chemical inputs that poison and kill our peoples and the natural world, have been forced upon us.

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UAWC Completes "Our Olive is Resistance" Campaign

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_palestine_olive_resistance.jpg(Palestine, Ramallah) - The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) completed its olive harvest campaign under the slogan "Our Olive is Resistance." The campaign was launched in the beginning of October in Bet Rima village in the Governorate of Ramallah. UAWC's employees along with agricultural committees and a number of volunteers from AlQuds Open University have participated in the launching activity of the campaign.

The campaign had wide international volunteers' participation. A group of Japanese activists supported the farmers of the village of Ni'leen (Ramallah) in their olive harvest, and also supported the farmers' resistance against the Israeli Apartheid Wall by planting olive trees in the village of Bil'in (Ramallah). Moreover, a group of French volunteers participated in the olive harvest in the village of Nahaleen on an area in which 1,000 dunums are threatened with Israeli confiscation. Finally, a group from Grassroots International has also participated in the campaign, and supported the farmers' of Sousia (Hebron) in their olive harvest.

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Palestinian Farmer Spotlights Food Sovereignty

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_palestine-ali_at_fs_prize.jpegUAWC Accepts Food Sovereignty Prize

By Julia Burke (Original article published by The Progressive)

October 27th, 2014

Ali Abd El Rahman has been in the United States for only a few days, but it’s the longest he’s ever lived without having to go through a military checkpoint.

El Rahman lives in Jerusalem, and as a Palestinian, his actions, resource use, transportation, and work are under Israeli government control. He doesn’t even have a legal passport; the Israeli government issues Jerusalem Palestinians travel documents that require a lot of explanation when he attempts to cross international borders.

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Keeping Land Local: Reclaiming Governance from the Market

Keeping Land Local: Land Struggles III: LRAN Briefing Paper Series

October 24, 2014

The governance of land, forests, water bodies and associated “natural resources” has always been a deeply contested terrain, and one that has frequently resulted in conflicts among different actors who claim authority, legitimacy and/or expertise in making governance decisions.

While local communities demand respect and protection of their rights to lands, resources and livelihoods, most official governance systems do not recognize the traditional, customary and collective rights of local users and their institutions to manage and protect lands and territories. Instead, transnational corporations, multilateral bodies, international financial institutions and many governments are increasingly promoting and putting into place market-led governance mechanisms for land, forest and water use and management, and environmental protection that prioritize short-term financial gains for a few over long term, multi-generational and multi-dimensional benefits for the majority. These governance mechanisms deny local peoples and communities access to crucial life-sustaining resources, advance the commodification of nature, and entrench an ecologically unsustainable, high carbon, economic growth-driven model of production and consumption.

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France: Call for support to Confereration Paysanne

On the 28th October 2014, nine militants of the Confederation Paysanne will be called in at Amiens court house. Their crime? Painting a giant graffiti and stripping down a few construction vehicles and a milking parlour on site. Yet this is not the most serious. They are brought in front of the judges because they targeted the “1000 cows” future milking factory; because they refused the industrialization of agriculture; because they chose action over the resignation to disappear. The number of small farmers is in free fall. While enabling in a first place the improvement of their working conditions, modernization has led to the industrialization of agriculture, which is progressively destroying the sector.

The selection of seeds on site, at the farm, is not an option anymore. The actors of the industrial companies dictate their rules and impose their GMOs.

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