- Published on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 17:02
To the President of Colombia
To the Governments of the European Union, the countries of Europe, and the United States
To Public Opinion
October 13th, 2015
Subject: Threats in Colombia: Serious Concern regarding lack of guarantees
The government of Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC guerrilla movement recently announced that they had reached an agreement on the topic of Justice, one of the subject under discussion in their ongoing talks in Havana. This is an important step, allowing us to look forward with optimism to the possible signature of an agreement that will bring to an end the armed conflict between the Colombian government and the FARC guerillas after more than 60 years of war, we believe that this is a possibility that must not be lost. Furthermore, we hope that talks, leading to an eventual agreement, will soon be started with the ELN guerrilla movement.
- Published on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 16:52
Time for governments and the Rome based UN Agencies to promote public policies supporting the autonomy and the rights of small food producers.
A public event on the 16th of October on "Public policies for Food Sovereignty" with the participation of Olivier De Schutter, LVC and IPC organizations.
Venue: Citta` dell`Altra Economia, Largo Dino (Testaccio), Roma
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Date: October 16th
- Published on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 14:18
"Agroecology is our peasant practice of resistance to agribusiness and to the advance of capital": CLOC/Via Campesina in the V Latin American Congress of Agroecology
(Argentina, October 13, 2015) In the V Latin American Congress of Agroecology, held at the National University of La Plata in Argentina, from October 7 to 9 of 2015, the Latin American Scientific Society for Agroecology (SOCLA) gave an award to La Via Campesina, "in recognition of its example of tireless struggle in favor of agroecology and the rights of peasants, in carrying out its mission to take care of the earth, feed the world, conserve biodiversity and cool the planet, through its constant search for food sovereignty in Latin America."
According to Dr. Clara Nicholls of Colombbia, President of the Association, "SOCLA for the time gave an award to social movement, in this case La Via Campesina, for its exemplar leadership and inspirational energy in the promotion of agroecology among millions of rural men, women and youth in Latin America."
16th October - International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations
- Published on Monday, 12 October 2015 19:32
Call for action: As the world marks World Food Day on the 16th October, we call for true solutions to climate change, for Food Sovereignty, and for an end to the corporate control of our food and our lives.
(Watch the trailer of the video "Together we can cool the planet!" to be launched this October 16)
(Harare, October 12, 2015) La Via Campesina calls its members and allies, and civil society organizations to mobilize and organize actions on October 16th, the International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations (TNCs). The current climate, hunger and migrant and refugee crises affecting millions of peasants, small farmers, families, especially women and youth show that corporate solutions are false and won’t yield human dignity.
TNCs displace and dispossess millions of peasants and family farmers, women and men of their land, forests, water and territories to set up profit seeking destructive enterprises. Globally, over 1.2 billion peasants and their families : ensure food sovereignty and the right to food by providing up to 80% of locally consumed food and cool the planet and conserve biodiversity and seeds. On October 16th, let us raise our voices and resist land grabbing, so-called climate smart agriculture laden with agro-toxins and genetically-modified seeds; and call for a radical transformation towards a fair and decent food system for all. We continue to propose wider adoption of agroecology and the construction of people’s food sovereignty.