Sustainable Peasant's Agriculture

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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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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Food Otherwise Conference 2016

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-05-19_Jyoti_Food_Othewrise.jpgOn February 12th and 13th 2016, the second edition of the Voedsel Anders Conference took place in Wageningen. Over a 1000 people visited this two-day program about the transition to fair and sustainable food systems. It included 60 well visited workshops on issues and alternatives related to agroecology, soils, local food systems, urban farming, agriculture and trade policies, access to land and land rights. 

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Intervention by La Via Campesina at the ‘30th FAO Regional Conference for Europe and Central Asia’, in Turkey

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-05-05-Adnan-obanolu.jpg(Antalya Turkey, May 5, 2016) Adnan Çobanoğlu from the Confederation of Farmers’ Unions (ÇİFTÇİ-SEN), a member organization of La Via Campesina, made a few important interventions at the 30th FAO Regional Conference for Europe and Central Asia, being held in Antalya, Turkey. Here is the full text of his interventions.


I am a farmer from Çiftçi-SEN, member of La Via Campesina and I am representing Smallholders on behalf of the CSO’s in Europe and Central Asia. With regards to the regional initiatives of the FAO we want to underline once again the core priorities identified by the CSO consultation to support the achievement of sustainable agricultural development, food security and realization of the SDGs:

Our first priority is the implementation of the regional initiatives related to development of the Agroecology. As you may know, FAO has organized Agroecology Symposia in Latin America, Africa and Asia. This year the FAO Agroecology Symposium will be organized also in Europe. Therefore, FAO should also support Agroecology at regional and national level. 

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UAWC provides Agricultural materials to agricultural cooperatives

(Ramallah, April 2016) Tb_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-04-11-UAWC_Irrigation.jpghe union of Agricultural Work Committees provided cooperative in the governorates of Tulkarem, Qalqilia, and Tubas with agricultural supplies within " Market Oriented and Sustainable High Value Crops Sector Development in the West Bank and Gaza Strip" project, which is funded by Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture.

The UAWC confirmed that its staff supplied agricultural tools, and irrigation systems for each Ateel cooperative and Thinnaba Cooperative in the governorate of Tulkarem, Agricultural & Marketing cooperative in the governorate of Qalqilya, and Tammoun cooperative in the governorate of Tubas.

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UAWC distributed 5,000 thyme plants to Um Al-khair village in the governorate of Hebron

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-04-11-UAWC_Thyme_seedlings.jpg(Ramallah, April 4, 2016) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees distributed 5000 thyme seedlings to 13 families in Um Al-Kair village in the governorate of Hebron to increase the steadfastness of its people and protect their land from confiscation.

The UAWC clarified that Um Al-Kair village is one of the Bedouin villages in the governorate of Hebron, and it is the subject of Israeli violations and their attempts to eradicate its people from their lands by the establishment of "Karmiel" settlement, which enforced its people to depend on house gardens as the only source of incomes.

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With its latest measures the EU Council mocks milk producers

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Bagnolet, (France), 15 March 2016

Faced with a crisis in the dairy sector that in the last year has eradicated thousands of dairy farmers, pushed others to the brink of bankruptcy and mobilized thousands across Europe, it was reasonable to expect solutions from EU Agriculture Ministers yesterday. However, this did not happen. The measures taken by the Council not only will not solve the problem of over-production, surplus and prices below production costs but can further aggravate the current situation.

Not limiting production in a collective and mandatory manner, on top of new aids at the national level, may further encourage overproduction and create unfair competition between countries. This decision does not take into account the highly diverse and mismatched reality of the EU, where some industries and food distributors are determining where and who produces. Voluntary regulation entrusted on producer and Interbranch organisations do not address a situation that was provoked by the EU’s erratic policies of eliminating market regulating instruments, such as milk quotas, and intervention prices in line with production costs.

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