- Published on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 09:04
Henry Saragih speech at the opening of the IFAD - Farmer's Forum, Rome 15 February 2010
Distinguished President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
Distinguished Excutive Board of IFAD an all IFAD staff
Dear Participants to Farmers Forum,
I'm here today in the name of La Via Campesina as a representative of smallscale farmers, indigenous people, landless people, women and rural workers from 9 regions of the world.
The Farmers Forum of this year takes place in a crucial moment for humanity, The big failure in food, climate and financial crises our people have been facing for years has aggravated during the last two years. More farmers have been displaced, more people are suffering hunger, more rural communities are in ruins. We have now more landlessness, women and youth are unable to access land, the number of people who leave their communities is growing. At the same time we see the expansion of agrofuels and monoculture projects and the power of corporate transnationals over food systems is growing around the world. It's not acceptable that during the current crisis, the price of food continues to increase, more people are unable to afford food and the corporations continue to make excessive profits.
- Published on Friday, 12 February 2010 17:23
(Jakarta, February 12, 2010) The international peasant's movement La Via Campesina welcomes the preliminary UN recognition of the role and rights of peasants and small farmers in the world. The Fourth Session of the Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council, who met in Geneva on 25-29 January 2010 adopted the report of the Advisory Committee titled "Preliminary study on discrimination in the context of the right to food" (A/HRC/13/32). This report describes the marginalisation of peasants, rural women and traditional fishing, hunting, and herding communities. It also explains the work of La Via Campesina in establishing the rights of peasants and fully adopts La Via Campesina’s Declaration of Rights of Peasants, including it in the report's annexes.
- Published on Wednesday, 10 February 2010 10:17
To Mr.Jairam Ramesh, Honourable Union Minister for Environment and Forest, Government of India.
South Indian coordination committee of Farmers’ Movements (SICCFM) is a coalition of Farmers movements in Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu working for development of agriculture, food sovereignty and rural development.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 February 2010 14:14
Speech delivered on Wednesday, 27 January 2010, at the Fourth Session of the Advisory Committee of UN Human Rights Council, Geneva 25-29 January 2010; responding to the report of the Advisory Committee “Discrimination in the context of Right to Food” (A/HRC/AC/4/2) and addressing the Advisory Committee on the need to take further study into standard-setting on rights of peasants.