- Published on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 18:51
It is with deep sadness that we announce the loss of Egidio Brunetto (Landless Movement, Brazil). On Monday the 28th of November Egidio passed away,
he died in a car accident. Egidio has been one of the central leaders in our movement. He was there from the beginning and his contribution
to build La Via Campesina cannot be under-estimated. His vision and his deep understanding of the international context and the movement process
made that he was able to give guidance and crucial support to all of us. In 1996, during the second International Conference of La Via Campesina in Tlaxcala-Mexico it was Egidio that brought the news of the terrible massacre in Carajas-Brasil on the 17th of April, and he proposed the Conference to celebrate every year the International Day of Peasant Struggles on that day.
We still remember and will continue to remember his inspiring work that helped to shape La Via Campesina as it is today. Beside this, he was an admirable, humble person, somebody with a great sense of humor and a great companero for all of us who worked with him. Thanks Egidio for all you gave us, you will stay with us, the struggle goes on!
For Via Campesina International
- Published on Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:44
We, women and men peasants, pastoralists, indigenous peoples and their allies, who gathered together in Nyeleni from 17-19 November 2011, have come from across the world for the first time to share with each other our experiences and struggles against land-grabbing. One year ago we supported the Kolongo Appeal from peasant organizations in Mali, who have taken the lead in organising local resistance to the take-over of peasants' lands in Africa. Now we came to Nyeleni in response to the Dakar Appeal, which calls for a global alliance against land-grabbing. For we are determined to defend food sovereignty, the commons and the rights of small scale food providers to natural resources.
In Mali, the Government has committed to give away 800 thousand hectares of land to business investors. These are lands of communities that have belonged to them for generations, even centuries, while the Malian State has only existed since the 1960-s. This situation is mirrored in many other countries where customary rights are not recognised. Taking away the lands of communities is a violation of both their customary and historical rights.
- Published on Sunday, 20 November 2011 18:44
Nyéléni, Mali – 19 November 2011 —The National Confederation of Peasant Organization’s (CNOP) agroecological training center stands at the crossroads of the West African countryside. Surrounded with rich Malian farmland and dotted with white thatched-roof huts, the Niger River snakes into the horizon on one side, and a dusty road connects the property to the sleepy town of Sélingué. Today, well into the first International Peasant’s Conference, the center was buzzing with activity as peasants from across Africa and around the world worked together to envision communities where land is more than a commodity.
photo: Philippe Revelli
“This is the kind of awareness-raising that has the potential to change policy,” said Ibrahima Coulibaly, CNOP’s president and a Via Campesina leader. “As local and national movements, we need to fight together against the global structures that threaten our communities,” he added.