La Via Campesina Newsletter January 2015
- Published on Thursday, 22 January 2015 18:34
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
- Published on Friday, 05 December 2014 14:20
Peasant 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.
Nyéléni Newsletter: Community struggles for the defence of their territories - New Edition
- Published on Monday, 15 September 2014 17:04
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.
Via Campesina´s Newsletter - June 2014
- Published on Friday, 04 July 2014 22:27
Via 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
- Published on Tuesday, 24 June 2014 21:38
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
Creating knowledge for Food Sovereignty
- Published on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 03:57
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.
La Via Campesina. 2013 Annual report
- Published on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 09:02
Title : La Via Campesina. 2013 Annual report
Year : February 2014
Language : English (also available in French and Spanish)
It is difficult to encompass in the annual report of an organization such as La Via Campesina with a membership of 164 organisations in over 79 countries all the activities happening in the regions. This report, however, acknowledges the key activities and the strides taken in 2013 towards achieving the goals of the various campaigns and struggles of the international movement. The annual report is structured in four sections.
Edition : La Via Campesina
Hidup petani, Hidup!
- Published on Saturday, 15 February 2014 01:44
Title : “ Hidup petani, Hidup!”*
Report of the VI international Conference of La Via Campesina, Jakarta, 9 to 13 June 2013
*Long Life Peasant farmers
Year : 2014
Language : English (available also in French and Spanish soon)
This report provides a glimpse into the sixth International Conference that took place in Jakarta from the 9th to the 13th of June 2013.
It is not a detailed description of events, but rather an overview of the key outcomes of the sixth International Conference.
The International Conference is the space where La Via Campesina makes its fundamental decisions. Its political positions, strategies and action plans are formulated here.
Edition : La Via Campesina
Revisiting Vietnam Rice : moving towards industrialisation
- Published on Thursday, 16 January 2014 03:37
Title : Revisiting Vietnam Rice : moving towards industrialisation
Year : 2012
Language : English
Asia’s rice-based food is an essential commodity. Therefore, in May 2006, La Via Campesina held the People’s Conference for the Asia and the Pacific on Rice and Food Sovereignty. Rice represents culture, life and sovereignty. In Southeast Asia and East Asia, in addition to Thailand, Vietnam is the largest producer of rice exports. As a country, Vietnam wishes to increase its rice production success. Yet this begs the question of whether the increase in rice production contributes to the welfare of farmers. La Via Campesina sent teams to study and learn from Vietnam in regard to rice production, trade and food sovereignty as well as to explore the way of life and welfare of small farmers.
Edition : La Via Campesina South East Asia
Seeds and Peasant autonomy
- Published on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:29
Title : Seeds and Peasant autonomy
Year : 2013
Language : English (available also in French and Spanish)
Peasants cannot make their vital contribution to preserving and renewing biodiversity if their rights to re-sow, preserve, protect, exchange and sell their seeds are not recognized and respected. They must also have free access to the genetic resources of the plants they grow. The seeds produced on the farm and the informal exchange of those seeds lie at the heart of their contribution. Unfortunately, this time-honored practice has now been banned in many countries due to increasingly restrictive international rules.
Edition : chapter 5 of Alternatives and Resistance to Policies that Generate Hunger