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
La Via Campesina Newsletter March 2015
- Published on Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:51
La 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
- Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:41
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
- 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.