Food Justice and Food Sovereignty in USA
- Published on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 15:26
The new edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter is now online!
Food Sovereignty emerged as La ViaCampesina’s bold response to the “free trade” regimes destroying livelihoods around the world.
It’s been taken up widely by communities around the World reeling from the spread of agrofuels, GMOs, land grabs and the “privatization of everything.”
Food Sovereignty reflects the deep resistance of people’s historical struggles against exploitation, oppression and colonization.
When communities fighting for their rights discover the principles of food sovereignty, their reaction is often “Yes! That’s what we’re doing!”
Food justice is one such struggle. The radical roots of food justice in the United States are deep in the movement for Black Liberation.
La Via Campesina e-newsletter, August 2015 edition
- Published on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 20:59
La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, August 2015 edition, is now available. This newsletter highlights on-going campaigns against many forms of injustices and policy bias against small family farms and peasants. Also highlighted is the call for mobilisation as we draw near COP21 in Paris. Other issues and actions from the regions are presented. Watch also an interesting video on "We are La Via Campesina". Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
La Via Campesina e-newsletter, July 2015 edition
- Published on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 21:35
La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, July 2015 edition, is now available. This newsletter highlights on-going campaigns against corporates. Other issues and actions from the regions are presented. Watch also an interesting video on Food sovereignty in times of climate change in Bangladesh. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
La Via Campesina 2014 annual report
- Published on Friday, 17 July 2015 17:48
Title : La Via Campesina. 2014 Annual report
Year : June 2015
Language : English (also available in French and Spanish)
Summary : This 2014 annual report describes the key activities and the advances made during the year towards strengthening the international movement and achieving its goals. It is divided into five sections.
Peasant communities continue to struggle to remain on their land and and to defend peasant-based agroecological production. Resistance to agro-industrial production is increasing at both national and international levels. In addition, at the United Nations Human Rights Council, we find hope in the support on the part of several States for the process that is working towards a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and People Working in Rural Areas, as well as for the new initiative to develop an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations (TNCs) with respect to human rights.
Edition : La Via Campesina
La Via Campesina e-newsletter, June 2015 edition
- Published on Tuesday, 14 July 2015 13:47
La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, June 2015 edition, is now available. This newsletter highlights, among other issues, the current milk crisis facing the European dairy farmers, the National Peasant day celebration in Nepal which focused on saving seeds, and the opposition to Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on both sides of the Pacific by Via Campesina members. The different issues and actions from the regions are also presented. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
Nutrition and Food Sovereignty
- Published on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 15:06
Human nutrition refers to the interaction between food and the human body, and the resulting health and wellbeing of individuals. The best source of nutrition continues to be breastfeeding and diversified rich traditional foods developed by cultures throughout history. Nutrition is only one of the dimensions of eating linked to human health. The best way to guarantee adequate nutrition is through the provision of diversified, safe, and balanced diets, based on local fresh produce which is agroecologically produced, and prepared according to cultural practices. Nutrition cannot be separated from food, production models, food systems or eating practices. Click here to download the english edition or read it directly in the website at www.nyeleni.org!
La Via Campesina Newsletter May 2015
- Published on Monday, 15 June 2015 17:27
La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, May 2015 edition, is now available. This newsletter captures the discussions of the just ended Expo dei Popoli, held in Milan Italy. It highlights also the “Report IV Women’s Assembly of La Via Campesina, Jakarta Indonesia” and the different issues and actions from the regions. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
Sowers of struggles and hope for feminism and food sovereignty!
- Published on Saturday, 06 June 2015 08:17
Title: Sowers of struggles and hope for feminism and food sovereignty!
Report IV Women’s Assembly of La Via Campesina, Jakarta Indonesia
Language: English (available also in French and Spanish soon)
Summary: The struggle to build new gender relations in the 20 years since the existence of la Vía Campesina has demanded of us women two types of revolution: firstly, one which accepts that the patriarchal system and sexism have existed throughout history and which denounces capitalism and neoliberal models as the main causes behind increasing discrimination and violence against us women. And secondly, another revolution, which analyses the problems of social relations within our movement, promotes our political participation and recognises the role we have played and the impact we have had on the historical construction of the Via Campesina.
This report captures the exchanges of the 4th Women’s Assembly aimed to strengthen our organisation. Issues discussed include the capitalism crisis and its consequences for women; patriarchy; the campaign to stop violence against women; feminism and the challenges in constructing a peasant and working class feminism.
Edition: La Via Campesina
La Via Campesina Newsletter April 2015
- Published on Wednesday, 06 May 2015 18:00
La 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
- Published on Tuesday, 07 April 2015 15:21
Title: Seed 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.
- 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