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Appeal to the world's free people: UAWC condemns the killing of Berta Cáceres

Afiche Berta EN - copia.png15 June 2016: The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) has received the alarming news of the murdering of Berta Cáceres, the General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), who lost her life for the sake of the right of Honduran peoples to their full sovereignty over their own lands; she lost her life while she was struggling against transnational companies and the detrimental effects of their land acquisitions and dam building projects. We have also known that Cáceres is not alone, the politically killings and death threats have increased against all human right defender in Honduras and all over the world!

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Poem: Climate Justice and Food Sovereignty Now!

b_350_0_16777215_00_http___www.idex.org_wp-content_uploads_2016_05_13165831_1334768426552266_3528634615667321594_n.jpgA poem by Elizabeth Mpofu, the General Coordinator of Via Campesina. 

Elizabeth is also the Chairperson of Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF) and this poem first appeared on ZIMSOFF’s Facebook page. 

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Small holder farmers are crucial to ensure food security and nutrition: Javier Sanchez at CFS

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-09_Javier.pngJavier Sanchez, from COAG/ECVC, Spain is among the speakers representing La Via Campesina at the CFS negotiations on Connecting Small Holders to Markets, being held in Rome on the 8th and 9th of June 2016. He is joined by Ramona Duminiciou from Eco Ruralis/ECVC, Roumania and Angel Strappazon from CLOC-VC, Argentina. Full text of his interventions are as follows;

Javier Sanchez, from COAG/ECVC Spain spoke on 8 June 2016:- Speaking on the proposals for the document to be endorsed by the CFS he said,

Smallholders  supply 70% of overall food production, and yet at the same time many smallholders themselves still suffer from food insecurity and malnutrition.  Smallholders engage in many interrelated markets, but also face challenges in securing market access and eliciting benefits to support healthy livelihoods. They have an essential role to play in ensuring food security and nutrition today and tomorrow.

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Solidarity Campaign with Honduras

Berta Cáceres

A wake-up call to the world; there is no more time left!

Afiche Berta EN - copia.pngIn the early morning of March 3rd, 2016, our sister in struggle Berta Cáceres, the General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH), was assassinated. 

On numerous occasions, Berta Cáceres had expressed her opposition to the present government’s disastrous policies regarding natural resource concessions. She had also spoken out against the actions of transnational companies and the detrimental effects of their land acquisitions and dam building projects on the natural resources of the  indigenous peoples.

In response to her struggle against these foreign companies and their destruction of natural resources, the Honduran government itself subjected Berta Cáceres to punitive measures,

Nevertheless, when she was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmenal Prize for her defence of her country’s natural resources, the whole world recognised Berta Cáceres’ courage as a human rights defender. See the video here.

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UAWC Statement on World Environment Day

UAWC logo 2014.jpegA statement issued by the Union of Agricultural Work Committees On the occasion of World Environment Day and the anniversary of the 1967 occupation

(Ramallah, June 5, 2016) - Coinciding with the 49th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Sinai, and the Golan Heights, the World today reviving the World Environment Day; World Environment Day was first established to be celebrated every year by running some effective campaigns by the United Nations General Assembly and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in the conference on Human Environment in Swedish capital Stockholm in 1972.

The World Environment Day works as true inspiration for many countries, institutions and individuals around the world to start true activities to prevent the escalation of damage to the natural systems. In essence, the United Nations used to revive the World Environment Day under a slogan that works as a central theme of all conferences, seminars and workshops that concerned about creating a suitable world for the Human.

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NFU at Canadian Milk Matters Rallies on Parliament Hill and in PEI

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-10-15_NFU.pngMedia Release:  NFU at Canadian Milk Matters Rally

(Ottawa – June 2, 2016) - Today, members of the National Farmers Union (NFU) join in solidarity with dairy farmers in concurrent rallies on Parliament Hill and in federal Agriculture Minister MacAulay's constituency, to celebrate International Milk Day, because "Canadian Milk Matters".

Farmers will call upon the federal government to take action to ensure a sustainable and prosperous dairy sector in Canada. They are asking the federal government to enforce existing rules governing supply management. The NFU is particularly concerned about diafiltered milk imports undermining our supply management system.

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CAP 2020: More deregulation will not solve the problems

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Brussels, 1 June 2016

CAP 2020: More deregulation will not solve the problems... caused by deregulation and short-sighted decision-makers

Following the European agricultural ministers' informal Council meeting on 30 and 31 May in the Netherlands, the European Coordination Via Campesina1 examined the document "Food for the future - the future of food" proposed by the Dutch EU Presidency to kick-off discussions on the future of the CAP after 2020, as well as the Council's discussions.

Despite its announced openness to the food issue, ultimately, it is a very partial view of the problem that has emerged. The notion of "demand", centered on the needs of affluent consumers in terms of transparency, omits the issue of access to quality food for millions of poor people in Europe, and the health problems related to industrial food. The attention given to "production" disappointed as well, since it only concerns modernized farmers or those following that approach, as expressed in the passage on new ICTs.

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