- 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.
- Published on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 05:59
From November 13th to 17th, more than 400 delegates (number determined by available funding*) from 70 different countries representing small scale food producers’ organisations of farmers, fisherfolk, Indigenous Peoples, food and rural workers, rural youth, women and pastoralists, as well as food insecure city dwellers and NGOs will gather in Rome for a parallel initiative to the World Summit on Food Security organised by the FAO. The People's Food Sovereignty Forum 2009 is organised under the responsibility of an International Steering Committee (ISC) formed by many global and regional civil society organisations (CSOs) representing food producers and affected peoples.