Sustainable Peasant's Agriculture

Dairy Crisis: Enough evaluations, it’s high time for the Commission to act

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Brussels, 2 February 2016

At the height of a crisis that has ruined thousands of dairy producers across Europe, the European Commission has once again chose to delay action, and opted for its usual practice of consultations, evaluations and studies.

Claiming it is part of a larger effort to improve existing legislation, the EC has recently sent out a questionnaire to producer and agricultural organisations, alleging that by inquiring on the benefits and difficulties of the “Milk Package”, the survey will improve its implementation in the field.

ECVC believes that the current crisis of the milk sector and the desperate situation of milk producers demands measures that are well beyond the European Commission’s conventional procedures of postponing decisions due to further studies, evaluations and the convening of experts to analyse what is clear to everyone: the complete failure of the measures contained in the “Milk Package”.

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UAWC Participates in 15th Annual Olive Festival

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-12-07-UAWC.jpg(Ramallah, December 2015), the Union of Agricultural Work Committees participated in the 15th annual olive festival in cooperation with Directorate of Agriculture in the Governorate of Bethlehem.

The UAWC's participation comes in the light of its objectives "improving the lives of small farmers and strengthening their steadfastness on their land"; through improving a sustainable lives for 35 women's cooperative working on Food processing, livestock, handwork, within " Transitioning from Relief to Sustainable Livelihoods (R2S): Strengthening Food Security in West Bank and Gaza", project which is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency in partnership with CARE International Foundation activities.

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Multimedia Peasant School-an audiovisual tool to scale up agroecology

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Presentation of the Multimedia Peasant School

Güira de Melena, Cuba

November 23th, 2015

The AsociaciNational Assoctaion of Small Farmers of Cuba (ANAP), La Via Campesina International (LVC) and the Komanilel Collective, are pleased to present this virtual video course, "Multimedia Peasant School; an audiovisual tool to scale up agroecology”.

The scaling up of agroecology is a priority for La Via Campesina. To strengthen agroecological processes, our organizations have created peasant agroeoclogy schools in almost every country where LVC has a presence. The training offered at the schools is technical, political and methodological.

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UAWC win Arab Thought Foundation Award in Economic Creativity field in 2015

UAWC logo 2014.jpeg(Ramallah, November 2015)- the Union of Agricultural Work committees won Arab Creativity Award in the Economic creativity field for its project" Palestinian Land Development".

UAWC's Acting Director, Fuad Abu Saif, confirmed that our success of the award winning is considered a national achievement that encouraged us to continue our activities in Palestinian land development and reclamation especially in area "C". In addition, he stressed on the importance of the role of Arab Though Foundation, Lebanon, in promoting pride in the Arab nation’s core values and identity through its appropriate cultural programs and activities.

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NFU welcomes appointment of new Agriculture Minister

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NFU welcomes appointment of Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, new Ag Minister, with mandate for real change

 (November 4, 2015) - The National Farmers Union welcomes the appointment of Hon. Lawrence MacAulay of Prince Edward Island as federal Agriculture Minister. Canadians have given Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the new Liberal government a strong mandate for change. The NFU looks forward to working with Minister MacAulay in restoring and renewing agricultural policy to maintain the family farm as the primary food producing unit in Canada.

“We look forward to working with the new federal government and our new Minister,” said Jan Slomp, NFU President. “We hope that with greater openness and transparency along with meaningful public engagement, Canada’s agricultural policy will move in a direction that is more helpful to farm families than what we have seen over the past decade.”

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Small Scale Food Producers Launch the first ever Joint Vision for Agroecology

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-10-15-Nyeleny2015drago.jpgReport of the International Forum for Agroecology, Nyeleni, Mali is now available

In a new report launched today, small scale food producers present their first ever common vision on agroecology for Food Sovereignty to Governments assembled at the Committee on World Food Security. Representing the producers of 70% of the world’s food, they call for an immediate transformation of food system towards agroecology.

“Agroecology practised by small scale producers generates local knowledge, promotes social justice, nurtures identity and culture and strengthens the economic viability of rural areas,” states the Report (http://www.foodsovereignty.org/agroecologynyeleni2015) of the International Forum for Agroecology at the Nyeleni Center, Mali. “Agroecology is political; it requires us to challenge and transform structures of power in society. We need to put the control of seeds, biodiversity, land and territories, waters, knowledge, culture and the commons in the hands of the peoples who feed the world.”

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La Via Campesina receives award for "tireless struggle in favor of Agroecology"

"Agroecology is our peasant practice of resistance to agribusiness and to the advance of capital": CLOC/Via Campesina in the V Latin American Congress of Agroecology

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-10-13_Agrocology.jpg(Argentina, October 13, 2015) In the V Latin American Congress of Agroecology, held at the National University of La Plata in Argentina, from October 7 to 9 of 2015, the Latin American Scientific Society for Agroecology (SOCLA) gave an award to La Via Campesina, "in recognition of its example of tireless struggle in favor of agroecology and the rights of peasants, in carrying out its mission to take care of the earth, feed the world, conserve biodiversity and cool the planet, through its constant search for food sovereignty in Latin America."

According to Dr. Clara Nicholls of Colombbia, President of the Association, "SOCLA for the time gave an award to social movement, in this case La Via Campesina, for its exemplar leadership and inspirational energy in the promotion of agroecology among millions of rural men, women and youth in Latin America."

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