- Published on Thursday, 04 February 2016 17:18
Press Release: National Farmers Coordination cautions against Commercialization of GM Mustard
New Delhi, February 2, 2016
The Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements demands the GEAC committee to say "no" to the commericalization of GM Mustard.
We are a network of farmers movements that is committed to dignity and self-respect for farmers, and many of our members are in the international peasants’ movement La Via Campesina. We represent thousands of villages in India and hundreds of thousands of farming families. Our member movements, such as Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, have taken staunch action against the giant enemies of farmers since it’s founding in the 1980s (For example Operation Cremate Monsanto in 1993, which created an international fervor). We have, and continue to, reject the so-called benefits of GMOs to our farmers, environment, and citizens.
- 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!
- Published on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 20:16
Real World Radio: January 26, 2016
Saeed Baloch, veteran activist and campaigner for fishermen’s rights in Pakistan, was arrested on the 16th of January 2016 by Pakistani forces. Hemantha Withanage, Executive Director at the Center for Environmental Justice and a member of Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka, spoke with Real World Radio about the charges (or lack thereof) brought against Baloch and claims the incarceration is believed to be illegal and unjust.
- Published on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 20:04
An Interview with General Coordinator Elizabeth Mpofu 
February 2, 2016
By Simone Adler (Other Worlds)
Who we are fighting for is every single peasant farmer – more than 200 million – on the planet. People are eager to join hands in building a global voice.
Transnational corporations are pushing policies in African countries for industrial farming and the use of GMO [genetically modified] seeds, while grabbing our land and [stealing] our natural resources. No one should come and tell us how to produce food.
In Via Campesina, we believe in controlling our land and seeds and producing the healthy food that we want, the way we want. Our response is to fight for food sovereignty against these transnational corporations that are connected to the [New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition of the] G8, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, the World Trade Organization, and free trade agreements that don’t recognize the needs of peasants or the poor.