News from the regions

Press Release: Landworkers’ Alliance demand recognition for small-farms in post Brexit policies

2016-06-27 LWA.jpgIt is with some concern that The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) looks forward at the possibilities for British food and agricultural policies post-Brexit. The task will require huge effort and ingenuity on behalf of political decision makers if it is to support producers, protect the environment and prioritize access to healthy, nutritious food for all.

As a national union of small-scale, traditional and family farmers, The Landworkers’ Alliance is determined to ensure that the voices of smaller-scale producers are included in post-Brexit policy.

The UK’s small-scale and family farms are at the heart of our rural culture and communities; they create employment, protect cherished landscapes and provide a huge amount of the food we eat. However, under Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs' (DEFRA )implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), many small farms were unfairly disadvantaged. The Landworkers’ Alliance is ready to work with government to unsure that this discrimination does not continue under national agricultural policy.

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People in Panama, Sri Lanka, protest again demanding their lands back

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-27_Panama_Protest_2.jpgSeveral hunderd people protested in Panama, Sri Lanka, on the 21st of June, demanding justice and repatriation on the land from which they were forced to evict in 2010 by the then ruling government. 

In February 2015, the ruling government had agreed to return the land to the people, but they allege absolute negligence of duty at the end of the government officials who are responsible to carry out the order. 

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Cheap imports cause massive fall in coconut prices in India. Farmers protest.

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-27_-_KRRS_Cocunut_Protest.jpgCoconut farmers in the State of Karnataka, took to the streets to protest against massive fall in coconut prices, which they allege is due to cheap imports from Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.

While speaking to The Hindu, KRRS president K.S. Puttannaiah told reporters that although the State government had announced in its budget that a policy for Coconut would be framed, it was yet to be materialised. He wants the State government to set up a revolving fund and extend assistance and incentive to growers. 

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KWPA and SPI undertake Farmer to Farmer exchange program in Indonesia

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-27_Farmer_Exhange_Indonesia_2.JPGIn February 2016, Korean Women Peasant Association (KWPA) and SPI (Indonesian Peasants' Union), conducted a farmer to farmer interaction and exchange program on agroecology in Indonesia. Held as part of the 2015 regional action plan, 12 delegates from KWPA, comprising of women farmers, scientists and interpreters, joined their Indonesian counterparts and took part in seminars and field trips across Jakarta and Bogor.

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German Development Ministry (BMZ) must put Small Farmers in focus

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-24_Elizabeth.jpgIn a press note released on 23rd June, AbL (Small Farmers Union in Germany and member of La Via Campesina), along with FIAN Germany has called upon the German Develeopment Ministry(BMZ), to put its focus on Small Farmers and agro-ecological practices. 

Elizabeth Mpfou, General Coordinator of La Via Campesina, who is in Germany this week has said: "For 20 years we have been demanding agricultural and trade policies, which illustrates the principle of food sovereignty in order to change the increasing industrialization of the food system. The Green Revolution has for 60 years not defeated hunger. The German development policy must promote agro-ecological farming practices"

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Farmers' Union in India demand exclusion of farming from WTO

2016-06-21 Statesman Image of BKU Resize.jpgOn the occassion of conclusion of the three-day national level thought camp of Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) in Haridwar on Sunday, the farmers body passed a nine-demand resolution addressed to Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and handed it over to the District Magistrate there to send it to the PM. 

BKU demands included the implementation of Swaminathan Recommendations, provision for price of agricultural produce with 50% profit,consitution of Farmers Income Commission, clearance of payments due to cane farmers and exclusion of agriculture from WTO.

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Full Text: Minjuwha Baek's speech at the UN Human Rights Council

2016-06-22 baek Art.jpgMr. Namgi Baek, a farmer, has been lying unconscious in a hospital bed in Seoul, after being brutally hit by a water cannon during a peasant protest on November 14, 2015. Over 200 days later, he is yet to receive justice. 

Brother Baek was among the hundreds of peasants who assembled to protest for an increase in rice prices. During the protest and in the aftermath of the incident several hundred protestors, were arrested and summoned by the police. In continuation of the attack on peasants and working population, Mr. Sang-kyun Han, the president of KCTU (Korean Confederation of Trade Unions) has been arrested and is facing up to 8-year imprisonment for organizing the protest. 

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