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La Via Campesina Newsletter April 2015

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-04-LVC-newsletter-logo.pngLa Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, April 2015 edition, is now available. This newsletter captures actions organised for the 17 April, the International Day of Peasant Struggle. It highlights the declaration outcomes of the different World Social Forum spaces in which La Via Campesina Working Collectives and member organisations participated; and the interesting issues from the just ended 6th CLOC congress in Argentina. Include in the newsletter is the new seed laws publication prepared by Via Campesina and Grain. The different issues from the regions are presented. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!

Seed laws that criminalise farmers: resistance and fightback

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TitleSeed laws that criminalise farmers: resistance and fightback

Year: March 2015

Language: English (also available in French and Spanish)

Summary: Seeds are under attack everywhere. Under corporate pressure, laws in many countries increasingly put limitations on what farmers can do with their seeds and with the seeds they buy. Seed saving, a thousand-year-old practice which forms the basis of farming, is fast becoming criminalised. This booklet will strengthen the resistance by ensuring that as many people as possible – especially in the rural communities that are most affected – understand these industry-backed laws, their impacts and objectives, as well as the capacity of social movements to replace them with laws that protect peasants’ rights.

 Contents

  • How seed laws make farmers’ seeds illegal
  • African seeds: A treasure under threat
  • The Americas: Massive resistance against “Monsanto laws”
  • Asia: The struggle against a new wave of industrial seeds
  • Europe: Farmers strive to rescue agricultural diversity 

 Edition: La Via Campesina/Grain

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La Via Campesina Newsletter March 2015

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Header_EN_Marzo.jpgLa Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, the March 2015 edition, is now available. It highlights the International Women’s Day (8th March) and the various actions organised on that day. The newsletter also captures different issues from the regions. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!

Rights to Natural Resources

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-nyeleni-newsletter-natural_resources.jpgNew edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter is now available online!

As the world lurches from crisis to crisis, the value of land, water, forests, minerals and other natural resources as sources of wealth creation continues to rise. For those with long-standing ties to land, water and territories, nature’s greatest wealth and value is life itself, and these crises simply confirm the necessity for humans to live symbiotically with nature. However for many, natural resources are things that can be parceled, packaged, changed, bought, sold and traded in markets far away from the original location of the resource.

In this edition of Nyéléni learn more how peoples across the world are fighting to secure and defend their rights to natural resources and the rights of nature. Click here to download the english edition or read it directly from www.nyeleni.org!

La Via Campesina Newsletter January 2015

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La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, the January 2015 edition, is now available. It captures different issues including the COP20 in Lima Peru; the visit to Douro small wine growers; the solidarity mission to Palestine and many other stories on the various struggles. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle Globalize Hope

Nyéléni Newsletter: Agroecology and Climate - New edition

Nyeleni newsletter 20.jpgPeasant Agroecology, the key for humankind and the planet

Agroecology has existed for many years, and much has been written about it already. It is a multidimensional approach, founded on knowledge, know-how and peasants’ ways of life, grounded in their respective natural, social and cultural environment. For many years it was considered as archaic and not really adapted to “modern progress”. Agroecology was banished, but is now making a big comeback. But who will reap the benefits?

Agroecological farming ensures soil, peasant seeds and farmers’ knowledge is valued and sustained. It is the symbol of the diversity of production and practice that exists, of the diversity of food and its cultural identities adapted to their social and natural environment. Yet today it is being taken over by industrial agriculture. Industrial agriculture is the opposite of agroecology, as it is based on profit, uniformity, specialisation, and concentration, with all the deadly consequences that this implies.

 Click here to download the english edition or read it directly at www.nyeleni.org !

Nyéléni Newsletter: Community struggles for the defence of their territories - New Edition

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_banners_nyeleiniFRspt.jpgLandgrabbing continues unabated worldwide.

It is not only about the use of industrial agricultural means to engage in the monoculture of primary resources for exportation, or the delocalised production of foodstuffs for other countries. It implies extractivism: control of water, mining, oil industries, deforestation, drug trafficking, environmental services and REDD projects (land areas held in disregards or so called marginal lands), and the subsequent speculation on these, followed by real estate, tourism, urban development, military geopolitics and much more.

In this edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter we want to make an overview of this process and of the possibilities of resisting it from our communities. 

Click here to download the english edition or read it directly in the website at www.nyeleni.org

Via Campesina´s Newsletter - June 2014

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_stories_pdf_newsletter-june.jpgVia Campesina is happy to share its Newsletter for June 2014. In this issue, we highlight issues such as the resolution approval by the UN Human Rights Council to draw up a binding treaty to punish the crimes of transnational companies (TNC's); Via Campesina´s position on the International Year of Family Farming (2014), The condemnation by SPI of violence towards peasants in East Java; among others. Download the newsletter HERE.

Land Conflicts and the Criminalisation of Peasant Movements in Paraguay

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Title: Land Conflicts and the Criminalization of Peasant Movements in Paraguay: The Case of Marina Kue and the “Curuguaty Massacre”

Year: June 2014

Language: English (also available in Spanish)

Summary: This report is based on the findings of an international fact-finding investigation carried out in September 2012. It shows evidence of widespread human rights violations, legal irregularities and a state-sponsored campaign to criminalize peasant movements struggling to access land on which to grow food. The report is part of the Land and Sovereignty in the Americas publications series of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy.

Edition: Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy

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Creating knowledge for Food Sovereignty

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There is movement in the many worlds that are creating knowledge for food sovereignty! Worlds that evince the need to radically transform dominant knowledge and ways of knowing for food sovereignty.  The stories in this newsletter provide a glimpse into some of these worlds.   

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