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Food Sovereignty and Trade

Small-scale farmers must be put at the heart of UK’s food strategy

2015-04-LWA-logo-small.jpg(UK, August 2, 2015) The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has recently started drawing up a long-term strategy for food and farming. While the Landworker’s Alliance (LWA) agrees that a strategic approach is needed to address the challenges facing food and farming, we are extremely concerned that small-scale and family farmers have been excluded from the process. It is essential that Defra recognise the central role that small-scale and family farmers play in UK food and farming, and responds directly to their needs.

The LWA argues that we cannot create a sustainable future for food within the industrial framework that Defra is currently strengthening. Instead we need a National Food Policy based on food sovereignty principles, that puts power into the hands of people to create a more just and equitable food system. The strategy must focus on providing farmers with viable livelihoods and achieving self-sufficiency in food while addressing the key challenges of climate change, soil degradation, an ageing farming population and a lack of access to land and training for new entrants.

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Milk Crisis: Small scale farmers' opinions

2015-08-12 walking-with-Cows.jpgLWA Press Release 

(UK, August 12, 2012) In the light of the current collapse in milk prices the Land Workers Alliance has issued the following policy statement.

The Alliance Landworkers supports the protests against the collapse in milk prices organized by Farmers For Action in Britain, and by numerous farming organizations throughout Europe, including Via Campesina. 

Many members of the Landworkers’ Alliance who produce milk and dairy products are not affected by the collapse in prices because they process and sell their milk directly through local outlets. However the LWA wishes to see a thriving mainstream dairy industry based on small-scale family farms, and supports measures necessary to protect such farms from the vagaries of the global market.

Simon Fairlie, who runs a micro-dairy in Dorset and is LWA's spokesman for dairy issues, stated: "Today's average sized dairy farm with 133 cows produces milk with a retail value of about three quarters of a million pounds. It is a staggering indictment of our economic system that we can't even pay these farmers a living wage."

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Anti-farmer policies of NDA Government force Farmers to plan a Blockade of Delhi in September 2015: BKU

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11 August 2015

The Central Government is not serious towards the problems of farmers. If the problems are not resolved, we will block all highways coming to Delhi on 30 September 2015, Lakhowal

Farmers unions affiliated with the All India Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement (AICCFM) met today at the Punjab Bhawan in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Shri Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, President Bhartiya Kissan Union, Punjab. During this meeting, farmer leaders intensely discussed the current burning issues which included, the Land Acquisition Bill, NDA government position on the WTO and the FTAs with Australia, New Zealand and other agri-exporter countries, the government push for commercial release of genetically engineered Mustard, the increasing farmers suicides, the Shanta Kumar High Level Committee report for restructuring FCI, and others. The farmer suicides in India are continuing despite many promises by the Narendra Modi before the election that he would work for the Indian farmers. However after becoming Prime Minister, he expressed no concern for agrarian crisis and the continuing farmer suicides. During NDA Government since May 2014, several thousand farmers have committed suicide including hundreds of sugarcane growers due to non-payment of their long-standing dues.

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More than 30,000 beneficiaries from UAWC's projects

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_AUWC_2015-07-30.jpg(Palestine, Ramallah, July 2015) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) issued a report about the achievements and projects it conducted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip last year. The report pointed that there were 30,184 beneficiaries from UAWC's projects in 2014. UAWC mentioned in its report that 15 projects have been implemented during 2014, including five relief projects that benefited 19,964 families affected by the latest Israeli occupation's aggression on Gaza Strip and 19 projects in the West Bank benefiting 10,220 poor and marginalized families in more than 152 villages and towns, particularly in areas "C", where the Israeli occupation has restrictions over national and international organizations work in these areas.

UAWC's acting director, Fuad Abu Saif, confirmed that UAWC has been able, despite all the obstacles and challenges, to play an important role in area (c), where the Israeli occupation has full control over lands and resources to expand their settlements and the Apartheid Wall.

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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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Small farmers target British Sugar demanding ‘fair deal’

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-04-30_LWA-protest.jpg(First published by Farmers Weekly)

A group representing small, sustainable farmers has staged a protest against British Sugar, demanding a “fair deal” for small producers.

About 50 activists from the Landworkers Alliance (LWA) gathered outside British Sugar’s factory in Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday (29 April).

Farmers from across the UK were joined by New York-based performance artists “Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping” to oppose the government’s “biased and short-sighted focus on industrial farming”.

LWA branded British Sugar as a “symbol of how broken our current food system is” because the £12.9bn company, a subsidiary of Associated British Foods, controls “all of the sugar processing in the UK”.

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