Agrarian Reform and Water

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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UAWC publication "Land Appeal" On the occasion of Land Day

UAWC logo 2014.jpeg(Ramallah, March 31, 2016) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees organized land day activities under the slogan "For the sake of the trust and the honor of our martyrs and detainees, end the catastrophic division." land Day is an annual day of commemoration for Palestinians of the events of that date in 1976. In response to the Israeli government's announcement of a plan to expropriate thousands of dunams of land for security and settlement purposes, a general strike and marches were organized in Arab towns from the Galilee to the Negev. In the ensuing confrontations with the Israeli army and police, six unarmed Arab citizens were killed, about one hundred were wounded, and hundreds of others arrested. A demonstration was launched from Al-Khader in Bethlahem Governorate, and the participants planted olive saplings in an area surrounded by three Israeli Settlements. We are reviving it to demonstrate our commitment to right and ownership of our land.

Download below the UAWC's publication "Land Appeal" which reveals the truth of the Palestinian truth

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7MZGOTnu-sAaDAyejRrY0lBTTg/view?pref=2&pli=1

West African Caravan for Land, Water and peasant seeds

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-03-09-West_Africa_Caravan.jpg(Burkina Faso, March 2016) Currently, a Caravan is travelling through West Africa, linking struggles for land, water and peasant seeds. The initiative is led by various IPC members and other social movements, with support from other CSOs.

The caravan started with activities in several West African countries and is now moving from Burkina Faso via Mali to Senegal. This is a big event, organized by our West African comrades, linking mobilization, capacity building and advocacy to advance the struggles for the human rights to food, land, water and peasant seeds. The caravan will arrive in Dakar, Senegal on 17 March and close with a ceremony with the current president of the West African economic community ECOWAS.

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The Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure at a Crossroads

International Statement

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December 10, 2015

The Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (Tenure Guidelines, also referred to as VGGT), adopted by the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2012, are a major step towards a human rights based governance of natural resources. The Tenure Guidelines are situated in a context of decades of struggles for peoples’ access to and control over natural resources and territories. Since their adoption social movements, civil society organizations and communities have been using them in many ways to support their struggles to attain food and peoples’ sovereignty. More than three years after the adoption of the Tenure Guidelines land and natural resource grabs in all forms continue unabated around the world, visiting their devastating impacts on local communities, environments with related human rights violations. The implementation and application of the Tenure Guidelines, therefore, remains a matter of extreme urgency.

The Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (Tenure Guidelines, also referred to as VGGT), adopted by the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2012, are a major step towards a human rights based governance of natural resources. The Tenure Guidelines are situated in a context of decades of struggles for peoples’ access to and control over natural resources and territories. Since their adoption social movements, civil society organizations and communities have been using them in many ways to support their struggles to attain food and peoples’ sovereignty.

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UAWC Celebrates Land Day in Bethlehem

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015_UAWC_land_day_celebrations.jpeg(Palestinem, Ramallah)- The Union of Agricultural Work Committees and its agricultural committees in the Governorates of Hebron and Bethlehem organized land day activities under the slogan "Struggle for Land." A demonstration was launched from Al-Khader in Bethlahem Governorate, and the participants planted olive saplings in an area surrounded by three Israeli Settlements.

UAWC pointed that land activities will continue in other Governorates, where the agricultural committees will plant saplings near Israeli settlements or areas that are threatened with Israeli confiscation. UAWC emphasized on the importance of unifying the work and effort done to protect our land from the Israeli occupation's violations.

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Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles

2015 land water struggles.jpgRights to Water and Land, a Common Struggle

Dakar to Tunis: Declaration of the Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles (Tunis, 28 March 2015)

We, social movements, grassroots organizations and civil society organizations engaged in the defence of the rights to land and water, gathered in October 2014 in Dakar at the African Social Forum. We are fighting and protesting against natural resource grabbing, especially water and land grabbing of our Commons, and against the systematic violations of the associated human rights. Sharing our ideas led to acknowledgement of the essential linkage between our struggles, given the inextricable nature of land and water grabbing. We met again at the World Social Forum in Tunis in March 2015 to continue this dialogue with movements and organizations from all over the world in order to broaden this convergence.

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1000s farmers stay put on Parliament Street in Delhi: Farmer Unions launch massive agitation against NDA’s anti-farmer policies

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(First Published by Farmer's World)

India, New Delhi, March 18th 2015: Major farmer unions of India affiliated with the All India Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement (AICCFM) have launched a massive agitation against NDA’s anti-farmer policies, and to seek a resolution to several burning issues pertaining to farm livelihoods, on March 18th 2015 through a Kisan Maha Panchayat in the heart of India’s capital. Thousands of farmers have resolved to stay put on Parliament Street in India's capital until the government engages them in a dialogue to resolve various burning issues. Anti-farmer measures through the Land Acquisition Ordinance, recent report of Shanta Kumar High Level Committee on restructuring FCI, the mindless push by the government of GM crops, lack of fair and remunerative prices for farm produce, demand for a farm income commission, removing agriculture from free trade agreements including WTO, adequate disaster relief for farmers etc., are issues on the agenda of these farm unions. The acute farm distress in India, marked by unabated farm suicides was flagged as a matter that needs urgent address. It is reported that during the NDA Government since May 2014, more than 7000 farmers have committed suicide. The government, instead of increasing Budget allocation to deal with the agrarian crisis, has drastically reduced agriculture budget drastically from around 31 thousand crore in 2014-15 to around 25 thousand crores in 2015-16. In fact, the budget outlays for Dept of Agriculture and Cooperation as well as for animal husbandry and fisheries are down to the levels of budgetary allocations five years ago!

To protest against various anti-farmer policies, and to secure some long pending demands that will guarantee minimum living incomes to all farm households, thousands of farmers from all over India have congregated at the Kisan Maha Panchayat on Parliament Street in the heart of the capital today (March 18th 2015).

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