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Coming soon : "The Jakarta Call" on your screen on April 17

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_ourconferences_POSTER-VID-VITH-2014-ENscaled.jpg (Harare, April 10, 2014) The International farmers' movement La Via Campesina is launching a new documentary on  April 17 to celebrate the international day of peasant's struggle. "The Jakarta Call" is a 38 minutes film featuring the exchanges, debates and reflections of the movement's VIth International Conference that took place in Jakarta in June 2013. This new documentary highlights the cultural diversity and the values of solidarity and unity converging in this political project. It reflects the multitude of local struggles for the defence of a food system by and for the people. Watch the teaser on Via Campesina TV

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La Vía Campesina International’s new action plan reclaims food sovereignty and agro-ecological production

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Twenty years after La Vía Campesina International was founded, the global network of rural organizations has agreed to a new worldwide action plan based on small-scale farming and agro-ecology, food sovereignty, and self-determination of communities. At the same time, the group is reaffirming its stance against transnational corporations, industrial agriculture and agri-business.

In honor of Egidio Brunetto, one of the chief leaders of Brazil’s Landless Workers´ Movement (MST) and also of La Vía Campesina International, more than 600 representatives from around the world gathered in Jakarta, Indonesia, for La Vía Campesina’s sixth conference, under the theme “For land and people’s sovereignty, in solidarity and struggle.”

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Declaration of the 3rd International Youth Assembly of the Via Campesina

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(June 8 and 9, 2013 - Jakarta, Indonesia ) We are young peasants, members of the Via Campesina, people with different cultures and languages from over seventy countries in five continents, who are in Jakarta, Indonesia, to celebrate the 3rd International Youth Assembly and the 20th anniversary of the Via Campesina.

As young peasants, we are the present and the future of sustainable agriculture, which can sustain the world and cool Mother Earth. Having analysed and reflected generally on the global political and economic situation, we would like to express our deep concern about the current development crisis, which is causing many impoverished and marginalised communities to be expropriated of the territory, land, water and forest goods on which they depend for their livelihood. There has been an increase in the number of forced displacements and evictions of young peasants, and an increase in hunger and poverty.

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Women of Via Campesina International Manifesto

IV Women's Assembly - Jakarta, June 2013

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We are peasant women of the world that in the course of these 20 years of Via Campesina have worked tenaciously to build a universal, broadly based democratic, politically and socially engaged movement in the defense of peasant agriculture, food sovereignty and the struggle for the land,  territories justice, equality and the dignity of  peasant women and men.

We are women  from  various continents and cultures, with common histories and struggles for life, our emancipation and that of our peoples, coupled with the ethical and political imperative  of protecting the right to food, defending  peasant agriculture,  biodiversity, our natural resources and the struggling to end violence in every form, sharpened before this capitalist and patriarchal economical system.

“Via Campesina is a movement that recognizes the full equality and value of both men and women”

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The Jakarta Call

Call of the VI Conference of La Via Campesina – Egidio Brunetto (June 9-13, 2013)

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(Jakarta, June 12, 2013) We, La Vía Campesina, call rural and urban organizations and social movements to transform and build a new society based on food sovereignty and justice. We gather here strengthened by the spirit of our friends and leaders and all those whose courage and commitment to our struggle inspires us. La Via Campesina, an international peasant movement gathers more than 200 million peasants, small-scale producers, landless, women, youth, indigenous, migrants, and farm and food workers, from 183 organizations and 88 countries. We are in here in Asia home to the majority of the world’s peasants to celebrate our first two decades of struggles.   

Coming together in Mons (Belgium) in 1993 and articulating our radical vision of food sovereignty in Tlaxcala (Mexico) in 1996, we have succeeded in repositioning peasant and family farmers (men and women) as a central social actor in the processes of resisting the neo-liberal trade agenda and constructing alternatives. As people of the land we are vital actors not only in the construction of a distinct agricultural model, but also in building a fair, diverse and egalitarian world. We feed humanity and care for nature. Future generations depend on us to protect the earth. 

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Palestine is part of la Vía Campesina

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At the VI Conference that was held at the beginning of this month in Jakarta,  Indonesia, la Vía Campesina confirmed 33 new organisations, making a total of 183 member organisations worldwide, Palestine being one of the new countries. The Palestine Union of Agricultural Work Comittees was confirmed at this conference. It has, nevertheless, been taking part in political activities and carrying out moblisations as Vía Campesina since 2004.

La Vía Campesina has been supporting the Palestinian people’s struggle, demanding respect for the principle of food sovereignty and for Palestinian peasants’ right to work and stay on their land.

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Global Peasants solidarity for implementing agrarian reform in Indonesia

Resolution adopted on June 12, 2013 by VI International Conference of la Via Campesina

 

 LAND IS LIFE, STOP LAND GRABBING!!!

Agrarian Reform Salute.....!!!

Viva La Via Campesina.....!!!

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_ourconferences_landnoworneverTDHscaled.jpgThe Basic Agrarian Law (UUPA) No.5/1960 was announced in Indonesia following independence. The law was a legal umbrella, both in law and in practice, for Indonesia to manage natural resources and to ensure the sovereignty of peasants and people as a whole in Indonesia. The law also includes mandates to guarantee and ensure the implementation of agrarian reform in Indonesia. Despite its initial purpose to guarantee land for the people and land to the tillers, in practice the Basic Agrarian Law has been deliberately undermined and distorted. State apparatus has issued partial and sectoral agrarian policy that has eliminated the guarantee to make peasants and people in Indonesia sovereign over their use and management of natural resource.

The development paradigm in Indonesia today does not have a clear vision of the reality of people’s economy. First, there is no clear direction or development policy framework, on the contrary development policy is based on free market principles and capital intensive production.

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