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!
La Via Campesina e-newsletter, December 2015 edition
- Published on Thursday, 24 December 2015 00:37
La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, the December 2015 edition, is now available. In December, La Via Campesina joined the other social movements and the rest of the world to denounce and campaign against COP21 false solutions (in Paris) and the 10th WTO ministerial meeting (in Nairobi). They called for an End to WTO. Various articles in this newsletter capture the mobilisations and discussions held during these two events. Included is a selection of videos of the events. Other articles highlight on-going struggles in the different regions of our movement against many forms of injustices. We share also an interesting new Nyéléni Newsletter No. 24 on Forests, Foraging and the Commons. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
Nyéléni Newsletter 24: Forests, Foraging and the Commons
- Published on Thursday, 17 December 2015 23:37
The new edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter is now online!
(Harare, December 17, 2015) About 75 percent of the world’s poor live in rural areas in developing countries. Most survive on subsistence farming, artisanal fisheries and/or nomadic herding and many are landless, working as seasonal labour on farms, plantations, in fisheries and industry. Click here to download the English edition.
Their daily food needs are met primarily through local production, foraging, hunting and fishing - often by women - on small farms, common grazing lands and in woods, forests, streams, rivers and lakes.
La Via Campesina e-newsletter, November 2015 edition
- Published on Wednesday, 25 November 2015 14:44
La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, November 2015 edition, is now available. As La Via Campesina joins the rest of the world to denounce any form of violence against women on the International Day of Action Against Violence Towards Women, November 25th, we share two articles on the situation of rural women in Thailand and the Dominican Republic. A selection of videos, audios, postcards denouncing gender violence that women face in a capitalist and patriarchal system are included. Other articles highlight on-going struggles in the different regions of our movement against many forms of injustices and policy bias against small family farms and peasants. We share also an interesting new publication on Agroecology “Peasant Agroecology for Food Sovereignty and Mother Earth, experiences of La Via Campesina”. This publication comprises 10 articles reflecting a range of experiences on agroecology within our movement. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
“Peasant Agroecology for Food Sovereignty and Mother Earth, experiences of La Via Campesina”. Now available!
- Published on Monday, 09 November 2015 23:47
Our Solutions to the COP21 - New Notebook La Via Campesina
Title: “Peasant Agroecology for Food Sovereignty and Mother Earth, experiences of La Via Campesina”. Download Here.
Summary: La Via Campesina is pleased to present study booklet number 7: “Peasant Agroecology for Food Sovereignty and Mother Earth, experiences of La Via Campesina”, which is the result of the collective efforts of various organizations from diverse regions including Africa, America, Europe and Asia. These groups make up part of our worldwide movement. From their distinct territories they shaped their experiences in agroecology training, organizing, production and marketing of healthy foods into 10 articles. This set of experiences represents a dynamic range of practices and knowledge, both for training within our movement and as a mechanism for additional knowledge exchange and rural-city dialogue.
This book also seeks to provide visibility of advocacy for Food Sovereignty which creates space for reflection, with examples from academic institutions, political allies and friends. We propose Peasant Agroecology as a way of production for rural communities, where Food Sovereignty constitutes a principle of life.
Date: November 2015
Language: English (Also available in Spanish and French)
Editing: La Vía Campesina