- Published on Sunday, 17 April 2011 18:28
JAKARTA. Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) celebrate the International Peasants’ Struggle Day with a simple action in the heart of capital, Jakarta. Peasants gather in order to remind the government and the people that there have been increasing violations of the peoples' rights, especially the rights of land.
“In the name of capital, hundreds of thousands hectares are converted to plantation and food estate,” says Achmad Ya’kub. Therefore in Indonesia, there are these increasing cases of agrarian conflicts between peasants and indigenous people versus companies and the government. The phenomenon is now trending like the land grabbing scheme all over the world.
“There can be no justifications for land grabbing!” social movements and CSOs tell World Bank, UN agencies and governments
- Published on Sunday, 17 April 2011 18:15
Today, on the International Day of Peasant Struggles, prominent farmers, fisherfolk, human rights and research organisations have sharply criticised the World Bank, three UN agencies and governments for promoting agricultural investments that are resulting in land grabbing on a massive scale.
From 18-20 April, investors, government officials and staff of international agencies will gather in Washington DC for the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty to discuss how to operationalise a framework called Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI). Formulated by the World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), RAI consists of seven principles which investors may choose whether or not to abide by when conducting large-scale farmland acquisitions.
- Published on Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:35
11/04, 20:00-22:00 - Special Programme on the Peasant Struggle on Radio Klara. Discussion on Food Sovereignty and presentation of Peasant Struggle Week in Valencia
12/04, 19:00 – Screening of short films on Food Sovereignty followed by debate. Ca Revolta: Calle Santa Teresa nº 10. Valencia
- Published on Tuesday, 12 April 2011 17:05
Invitation to the media
International seed campaign “Sowing the future – harvesting diversity ”
17-18 April 2011, Brussels
Over fifty organisations from all over Europe are calling for two days of action in Brussels on 17 April, the annual international day of peasant resistance launched by Via Campesina. This will be the climax of the Europe-wide campaign “Sowing the future, harvesting diversity” which denounces European Union legislation that encourages the privatisation of seeds by a handful of multinationals. This will have grave consequences for small farmers and gardeners, not just in Europe but throughout the world.