- Published on Wednesday, 05 November 2014 20:31
Rome, October 27th, 2014
Inspired by the contributions of the Italian political activist Antonio Gramsci, on the basis of a pessimistic analysis and an optimistic approach to action, we made the following observations:
- National and international Capital has launched an offensive to take over and privatise natural resources (Biodiversity, Water, Oxygen etc.) This offensive is mainly focused on mining installations and hydro-electric and nuclear power plants, all of which cause very serious problems - such as the destruction of the biomass, climate change, and evictions - as well as impinging directly upon the sovereignty of countries and of peoples.
- Seeds have been privatised and turned into commodities. Genetically modified plants, together with their accompanying toxic chemical inputs that poison and kill our peoples and the natural world, have been forced upon us.
- Published on Monday, 03 November 2014 15:01
By Julia Burke (Original article published by The Progressive)
October 27th, 2014
Ali Abd El Rahman has been in the United States for only a few days, but it’s the longest he’s ever lived without having to go through a military checkpoint.
El Rahman lives in Jerusalem, and as a Palestinian, his actions, resource use, transportation, and work are under Israeli government control. He doesn’t even have a legal passport; the Israeli government issues Jerusalem Palestinians travel documents that require a lot of explanation when he attempts to cross international borders.
- Published on Monday, 03 November 2014 14:38
Keeping Land Local: Land Struggles III: LRAN Briefing Paper Series
October 24, 2014
The governance of land, forests, water bodies and associated “natural resources” has always been a deeply contested terrain, and one that has frequently resulted in conflicts among different actors who claim authority, legitimacy and/or expertise in making governance decisions.
While local communities demand respect and protection of their rights to lands, resources and livelihoods, most official governance systems do not recognize the traditional, customary and collective rights of local users and their institutions to manage and protect lands and territories. Instead, transnational corporations, multilateral bodies, international financial institutions and many governments are increasingly promoting and putting into place market-led governance mechanisms for land, forest and water use and management, and environmental protection that prioritize short-term financial gains for a few over long term, multi-generational and multi-dimensional benefits for the majority. These governance mechanisms deny local peoples and communities access to crucial life-sustaining resources, advance the commodification of nature, and entrench an ecologically unsustainable, high carbon, economic growth-driven model of production and consumption.
Research and support for innovation must be at the service of an agricultural model and food system that is healthy, sustainable and socially fair
- Published on Wednesday, 29 October 2014 14:39
Press Release, Brussels the 28th October 2014
Innovation is a key element to maintaining small-scale and family farming and to creating a model for food and agricultural production that is socially fair, sustainable and healthy. This model endures over time and is viable, but it needs clear support from policies that acknowledge and highlight its commitment to innovation. The future of rural areas lies within a specific focus and correct solutions to the issues that male and female peasant farmers face on a daily basis through innovative processes that will allow agriculture to develop in accordance with the environment and surroundings where it is located.
That is why the European Coordination for Via Campesina is holding the seminar “Small-scale farms and better food systems: what is the best way to include local innovation actors in European policies and research?” Its main goal is to forge the necessary paths so that research and innovation policies that can favor the necessary innovation in rural areas, in close connection to farmers, consumers and other actors of civil society and for a quality food system that is more local, sustainable, and within the framework of the Common Agricultural Agreement (CAP). In order to achieve this we include a diverse group of testimonies from farmers and from different sectors of society as well as representatives from European institutions.