People's Manual: Guidelines on Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forests
- Published on Friday, 24 June 2016 13:52
The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security are a new international instrument that can be used by peasant, fishing and pastoralist organisations, indigenous peoples, the landless, women and youth, and civil society as a whole, to assert their rights.
This People’s Manual is a pedagogical and didactic guide, which aims to make it easier to understand the Guidelines and to provide a practical approach to people on how to use them in their struggles. It highlights the parts that offer answers to their needs and provides advice on mechanisms, strategies and actions that can be adopted to generate dialogue and to defend human rights and social justice in the processes, institutions and activities of governance of natural resources.
La Via Campesina | Annual Report 2015 | English Version
- Published on Monday, 20 June 2016 14:52
Summary: Peasant agriculture is faced with a constant offensive by transnational companies that are grabbing land and resources, imposing a mode of production based on chemical inputs and industrial seeds, and making profit out of globalized and de-localised food production chains. Millions of small farmers, women and men are left landless, with no support from their governments, and forced to move away from their communities to find a job in order to survive.
La Via Campesina | e-Newsletter | May, 2016
- Published on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:52
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, May 2016 edition, is now available. This edition of the newsletter carries news from the peasant rights consultation processes, progress on the negotiations in CSM on connecting small holders to markets, actions and mobilisations in our #MarchAgainstMonsanto and more. May edition of the e-newsletter also carries links to the recently launched 2015 Annual Report of La Via Campesina. Here is the link to the newsletter. Hope you enjoy reading it and please do share it widely. Globalise the struggle! Globalise hope!
Land Reform and food sovereignty
- Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 17:36
Capital is appropriating our territories. Hence, we must respond by turning the struggle for land into a struggle for territory.
This will require forging unions between –on one side– peasant farmers, day laborers, indigenous peoples, nomad shepherds, artisan fishermen, forest peoples and other rural communities, and –on another– city dwellers, especially those in suburban communities and consumers.
It will require producing healthy food using agroecology and know-how handed down from our ancestors and steeped in popular traditions.
We must show that land in community hands is better for society and Mother Earth than land which is at the mercy of capital.
Report: Farm Succession in Romania | Eco Ruralis
- Published on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 17:12
There is a growing crisis facing farms and peasants who work the land around the world. The problem is that peasant farmers are aging and the future of their farms is in jeopardy. It is causing serious concerns about the current state of farm succession.
Globally, the average age of farmers is 60 years,with only slight variations across continents and countries.In Africa the average farmer's age is also 60 despite the fact that 60% of the rest of the population is under twenty-four. In the United States 84% of farmers are over 45 years old, while in Taiwan a massive 92% are over 45 years old. Europe is no exception, with only 7% of farmers under the age of 35, and half of all farmers poised to retire within 10 years.
It is first important to define 'peasants' and to understand how the term differs from the European Union's understanding of 'family farmers.' The EU's definition of 'family farmers' is based on a few factors: the amount of work performed by the family itself, the amount of land, and whether the family owns most of the operation.
La Via Campesina e-newsletter, April 2016 edition
- Published on Thursday, 05 May 2016 18:40
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, April 2016 edition, is now available.This edition of the newsletter carries highlights of peasant actions around the world, which were held to commemorate the International Day of Peasants' Struggle on 17th April. It also carries a series of interviews of peasant leaders and allies taken during the International Conference on Agrarian Reforms held at Maraba, Brazil. We are also excited to present a music video produced in the run up to the 7th Conference of La Via Campesina, to be held in Basque country in July 2017. Here is the link to the newsletter. Hope you enjoy reading it and please do share it widely. Globalise the struggle! Globalise hope!
La Via Campesina e-newsletter, March 2016 edition
- Published on Friday, 08 April 2016 15:15
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, March 2016 edition, is now available. As we organise and mobilise for April 17th, the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle, we highlight the worsening human rights abuses and criminalisation of social protest. The Honduras case is one among the many such worsening situations where Berta Cáceres was killed and other activist leaders face jail sentences and intimidation daily. The migrant crisis in Europe too is deplorable. The newsletter highlights other news from the member organisations and regions. We share also the new edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter on Corporate governance of food systems. Watch interesting videos on Yirca Resistance in Turkey and other on Agroecology. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
La Via Campesina e-newsletter, February 2016 edition
- Published on Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:47
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, February 2016 edition, is now available. This newsletter highlights some of the actions and campaigns organised on March 8, the International Women’s Day. Also highlighted are articles on women issues and presentations at various fora by women leaders in Via Campesina. Other articles capture the on-going campaigns to protect peasant seeds from corporate capture and the need for FAO to support peasant seeds. The milk crisis in Europe continues to worsen as the EU leadership fails to respond to the calls from its dairy farmers. Watch also a selection of interesting videos on women’s struggle, peasants’ rights declaration and Jyoti Fernandes’ keynote presentation at the second Voedsel Anders’ (Food Otherwise) conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
Corporate governance of food systems
- Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:04
The new edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter is now online!
From our oceans and seashores, crossing our lands and reaching deep into the minerals of our earth, there is a dangerous threat dominating our current political and economic relations around the world: the so-called private corporate capture of policy-making public spaces.
For decades, civil society and social movements have been struggling to democratically strengthen these spaces in order to achieve the so needed peoples’ food sovereignty. But this process is under a severe threat these days...
La Via Campesina e-newsletter, January 2016 edition
- Published on Thursday, 04 February 2016 16:41
La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, January 2016 edition, is now available. This newsletter highlights various articles reflecting on what happened at COP21 in Paris and the outcome of the World Trade Organisation meeting in Nairobi last year. Also highlighted are the on-going campaigns against many forms of injustices (land evictions, illegal arrests, Israel violations, etc) and the milk crisis in Europe. The Landworker’s Alliance and The Land magazine launched a rural manifesto to challenge the elitism that dominates rural policy. The other issues such the drought affecting Zimbabwe and the Southern Africa, and actions from the regions are presented. Watch also selected interesting videos captured during the COP21. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!