- Published on Thursday, 13 August 2015 14:39
LWA Press Release
(UK, August 12, 2012) In the light of the current collapse in milk prices the Land Workers Alliance has issued the following policy statement.
The Alliance Landworkers supports the protests against the collapse in milk prices organized by Farmers For Action in Britain, and by numerous farming organizations throughout Europe, including Via Campesina.
Many members of the Landworkers’ Alliance who produce milk and dairy products are not affected by the collapse in prices because they process and sell their milk directly through local outlets. However the LWA wishes to see a thriving mainstream dairy industry based on small-scale family farms, and supports measures necessary to protect such farms from the vagaries of the global market.
Simon Fairlie, who runs a micro-dairy in Dorset and is LWA's spokesman for dairy issues, stated: "Today's average sized dairy farm with 133 cows produces milk with a retail value of about three quarters of a million pounds. It is a staggering indictment of our economic system that we can't even pay these farmers a living wage."
- Published on Thursday, 13 August 2015 14:01
People’s Dialogue, Rural Women’s Assembly, Via Campesina Africa and World March of Women
Gaborone, 13 August 2015 – Hundreds of people from social movements and grassroots organizations from the Southern Africa countries have left their homes to join a caravan towards Gaborone, Botswana. They seek to build people’s voices at the alternative SADC People’s Summit that is taking place from 14 to 16 August, this week in Botswana when the SADC Heads of States hold their regular annual summit.
Caravans of people, including small-scale farmers, farm workers, mining impacted communities, rural women and social activists from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa, Zambia, Malawi and other countries will join Tswana grassroots organizations and activists in Gaborone for a people to people dialogue and solidarity. The SADC people will continue to demand social and economic justice, based on the people´s perspectives, putting people’s interests first, not those of corporates.
- 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!
Anti-farmer policies of NDA Government force Farmers to plan a Blockade of Delhi in September 2015: BKU
- Published on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 14:41
11 August 2015
The Central Government is not serious towards the problems of farmers. If the problems are not resolved, we will block all highways coming to Delhi on 30 September 2015, Lakhowal
Farmers unions affiliated with the All India Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement (AICCFM) met today at the Punjab Bhawan in New Delhi under the chairmanship of Shri Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, President Bhartiya Kissan Union, Punjab. During this meeting, farmer leaders intensely discussed the current burning issues which included, the Land Acquisition Bill, NDA government position on the WTO and the FTAs with Australia, New Zealand and other agri-exporter countries, the government push for commercial release of genetically engineered Mustard, the increasing farmers suicides, the Shanta Kumar High Level Committee report for restructuring FCI, and others. The farmer suicides in India are continuing despite many promises by the Narendra Modi before the election that he would work for the Indian farmers. However after becoming Prime Minister, he expressed no concern for agrarian crisis and the continuing farmer suicides. During NDA Government since May 2014, several thousand farmers have committed suicide including hundreds of sugarcane growers due to non-payment of their long-standing dues.