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Israeli Violations against the Palestinian Farmers, 2015

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Stop_Isreal_violations_2014.jpegThe Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) followed up intensely the Israeli violations against the Palestinian farmers to expose the brutality of the occupation to the local and international world. In addition, UAWC supported the affected Palestinian farmers and their families to strengthen their resilience on land – the land of the parents and grandparents. The violations mentioned in the report are just a part of the Israeli violations against the Palestinian agricultural sector for not all of the violations are reported and documented.

In the first six months of 2015, the Israeli army and Israeli settlers uprooted more than 9910 trees most of them were olive trees. In comparison the total number of trees uprooted in 2014 was 9400. Thus, there is a tangible increase in the number of trees uprooted in 2015. Other statistics of the first six months of 2015 include: settler violence recorded reached 95 incidents, Palestinian-owned structures demolished in the West Bank reached 280 structures, and violations in Access Restricted Area (ARA) reached at least 370 incidents. Download and read the Semi Annual Report

UAWC: Norwegian pension fund KLP excludes its investment in Israeli projects in the West Bank

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-07-01_UAWC_Norwegian_KPL_Ban.jpg(Palestine, June, 2015) Union of Agricultural Work Committees' (UAWC) legal and advocacy unit emphasized that UAWC in coordination with NPA, NUMGE, and Colonization& Wall Resistance Commission was able to pressure the large Norwegian pension fund Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP) to exclude the companies Heidelberg Cement AG and Cemex SAB de SV from their investment portfolios with effect from 1 June 2015.

KLP excluded Heidelberg Cement and Cemex on the grounds of their exploitation of natural resources in occupied territory on the West Bank through investing in the construction of quarries. The quarries pay regular fees and royalties to the state of Israel, via the Civil Administration, in order to keep operating. The products deriving from the quarries are used primarily in the domestic Israeli market. In KLP’s opinion this activity constitutes an unacceptable risk of violating fundamental ethical norms.

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African civil society slams Monsanto junk GM maize deal

Press Release by:  African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB), Tanzania Alliance for Biodiversity (TABIO), União Nacional de Camponeses (UNAC), Kenya Biodiversity Coalition (KBioC), Kenya Food Rights Alliance (KeFRA), Eastern and Southern African Small-Scale Farmers Forum Uganda (ESAFF, Uganda)

19 June 2015 Johannesburg, Dar es Salaam, Maputo, Nairobi, Kampala

Non-governmental and farmer organizations from South Africa, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda strongly condemn the go-ahead given by the South African GMO authorities for Monsanto to commercially sell its genetically modified (GM) “drought tolerant” maize seed for cultivation in South Africa. According to the groups, there is no evidence showing that the drought tolerant trait even works. According to Mariam Mayet of the ACB, “the GM maize (MON87460) has not undergone proper risk assessment anywhere in the world and has no history of safe use. South Africans who are already being force-fed with old risky GM traits will now be subject to an utterly new foreign, untested and risky transgene in their daily food.”

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Stop Seed Laws that Criminalise Farmers & Defend Local Seeds!

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Seeds are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries increasingly put limitations on what farmers can do with their seeds and with the seeds they buy. Seed saving, a thousand-year-old old practice which forms the basis of farming, is fast becoming criminalised. What can we do about this?

DEFEND FARMERS’ OWN SEED SYSTEMS

Farmers’ fields are the first line of defense against bad seed laws. This means organising to rescue, collect, maintain, develop, share and use local farmer’s seeds. It is very important that women and young people are all involved. You can start a project with neighbours or local associations, talk to market or street vendors, get schools or you work place involved, etc. Seed fairs and visits to farms and gardens are an important part of this work.

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UAWC: Support Susia-Call to Action

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-05-18-UAWC__ISREAL_LAND_EXPANSION.JPGDear friends,

In the first week of May 2015, the Israeli Occupation's high court confirmed its approval to the Israeli military army to demolish the entire Palestinian village of Susia to the south of Hebron, thus forcibly displace all of its residents (approximately 350 individuals).

UAWC calls for the immediate international intervention to freeze this brutal Israeli occupation's order. Raise your voice to say NO to: land confiscation for establishing illegal settlements, forcible displacements, trees uprooting, physical and verbal assaults, and demolition of agricultural properties.

Support Palestinian farmers…To sign and share the position paper: http://uawc-pal.org/articleen.aspx?ano=1372  

In Solidarity,

Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)

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The Landworkers’ Alliance: Farming manifestos fail to address core issues

2015-04-LWA-logo-small.jpgLWA Press Release- For immediate release: Farming manifestos fail to address core issues

(UK, April 6, 2015) On the eve of the elections, The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) condemns the lack of vision in farming manifestos and demands that all political parties address the serious issues facing food and farming in the UK. Among other policy recommendations, the Landworkers’ Alliance asks all parties to commit to drawing up a National Food Policy based on food sovereignty principles, and to pulling out of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

A national food policy must level the playing-field for small-scale producers, improve the supply of high-quality healthy food, increase employment in agriculture, support new entrants to farming and improve UK food security by investing in local production. Political parties must also take stronger positions to protect the ecological basis for UK farming by implementing a comprehensive ban on GM and working to restore our soils.

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UAWC distributes palm saplings and natural fertilizers in the Jordan Valley

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-04-UAWC_planting_palms.jpg(Palestine, Marj Na'jeh, April 2015) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) distributed 354 palm saplings to be planted on 25 dunums for the farmers of Marj Na'jeh community in the Jordan Valley, in addition UAWC distributed irrigation networks and natural fertilizers to the farmers. This activity is within "Struggle for Land: defending Palestinians' right to access their land in the Jordan Valley" project funded by Medico Internationals.

The project's coordinator Dr. Moayyad Bsharat explained that the project provides job opportunities for Palestinian workers to work on their land rather than in the Israeli settlements. The project aims to support the steadfastness of the farmers in the Jordan Valley area by supporting the cultivation of sustainable crops such as palm cultivation. Moreover, the project aims to cultivate crop varieties that bear the water and soil salinity, which generate income and work towards the sustainable development of the beneficiary families.

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