- Published on Thursday, 12 November 2009 05:37
Invitation to a press conference and a symbolic action
• ROME - 16 November 2009 at 10h00 • Venue: Food Sovereignty Tent in the park across the street from the FAO building • Interview opportunities with people directly involved in this fight. Organised by La Via Campesina and GRAIN
Last year’s elephant in the room at the FAO’s World Summit on Food Security was the outrageous profits corporate agribusiness was amassing during the peak of the global food crisis, while over a billion people went hungry. This year it is the global farmland grab. Investors are colluding with governments to take control of tens of millions of hectares of prime farmland in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Governments pushing these deals, such as Saudi Arabia or South Korea, see outsourced food production as a new strategy to feed their own people without relying on international trade. Private investors see agricultural land in emerging economies as a new source of guaranteed returns in light of ongoing high food prices. Either way, this farmland grab is turning the food crisis into an opportunity for even more profits as the expansion of export-oriented agribusiness is at the heart of it. More than $100 billion is on the table, and over 40 million hectares have already been acquired from Ethiopia to Indonesia. Small scale farmers are losing critical access to land and water, and local communities will be further cut off from access to food. Yet they are usually kept completely in the dark about these deals, without any involvement in the decisions that affect lands they have cultivated for generations. The implications for the global food system are dramatic.
- Published on Wednesday, 11 November 2009 07:52
Open letter Mr Jacques Diouf, Director General, FAODear Sir,
We are in the final stages of preparations for the World Food Summit that will be held from 16-18th of November, 2009). Important exchanges among governments and with Civil Society have taken place over the last months in attempts to make our response to the food crisis more effective. We are receiving signals that seem to indicate that the G8 will not send their heads of state to the Summit. This is a major concern and we call upon the G8 governments: take up your responsability, your economic and political strength gives you a major responsibility on this issue!
- Published on Friday, 06 November 2009 10:20
Small farmers cool down the earth!
Small farmers – women and men - from around the world will gather in Copenhagen in December to defend their proposal for solving the climate crisis. Sustainable farming and local food production are actually cooling down the earth. Peasant agriculture allows carbon to be sequestrated in soils and uses less fossil fuel-based machines and chemical inputs. Moreover if we eat local, less energy is used to ship food around the planet. Given the huge impact of industrial agriculture on greenhouse gas emissions, a massive conversion from industrial monocultures to small-scale sustainable agriculture and the development of local markets would actually allow a massive reduction of all greenhouse gases. (1)
- Published on Thursday, 05 November 2009 09:24
By Via Campesina Secretariat, South Asia
Muzzafarnagar: Hundreds of Indian Farmers from the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) stopped a goods train carrying a consignment of about 26,000 quintals of Brazilian raw sugar in the state of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) on 31 October and burnt a few sacks of raw sugar. The train eventually went back the next day when the farmers threatened to set fire to all the sugar onboard if the imported sugar was not returned.