- Published on Thursday, 19 March 2009 18:17
Let's unite for peasant's rights!
Since 1996 April 17 has been declared by La Via Campesina “International day of Peasant's Struggles”. This day commemorates the slaughter by the Brazilian police of 19 peasants of the “landless” movement while they mobilized to get access to some land. 13 years later, the struggle for recognition of peasant rights remains a priority of La via Campesina.
- Published on Thursday, 19 March 2009 02:10
Lunes 16 de marzo de 2009
As extreme industrialization and capitalist overproduction demands the exploitation of more water resources everyday, access to water resources has become a major source of political conflict. States, multinational corporations and private interest groups established World Water Council (WWC) to commodify and commercialize water resources, and to maximize potential profit. As it is known, World Water Council is an intergovernmental institution that is sponsored and supported by multinational corporations. Yet it is the World Bank and water monopolies which are dominant in the Council, and the Council is striving to ensure that the logic of profit is determining the direction of water`s flow.
- Published on Saturday, 14 March 2009 00:07
MST Press Release (March 10, 2009)
On the second day of mobilization of the International Women's Day by Via Campesina, a committee of farmers has been received in Brasilia by the Director-General of FAO (UN Food and Agriculture), Jacques Diouf. At the meeting, Diouf heard a report of the actions that the peasants held this week to denounce the Brazilian government's priority to agribusiness and transnational corporations of the export sector, particularly agriculture while leaving the rural workers, food production and land reform in the background.
The head of the FAO said that the UN supports these proposals of Via Campesina and that their struggle is "just and necessary," and mentioned the role of agribusiness in the Brazilian countryside in increased hunger. For Diouf, the state should finance small farming, “since large agro-business is fully able to sustain itself." Diouf pointed out also that only the implementation of Agrarian Reform, the limitation of ownership of land and increasing rates of productivity are able to end hunger in Brazil. "A country has sovereignty and development only if it has land to produce food," he said.
- Published on Saturday, 14 March 2009 00:06
National Farmers Union
International Women’s Day on March 8 provides an opportunity to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Canadian farm women and rural women around the world.
National Farmers Union Women’s President Colleen Ross, who farms near Iroquois, Ontario, said rural women produce half the world’s food, and account for between 60 to 80 percent of the food in most developing countries. She said the global food crisis could be overcome more quickly if food production and trading systems recognized the value of family farms, and especially the labour of women. “In Canada, women have been forced to rely on off-farm jobs to keep their family farms viable,” she said. “The chronic loss of farmers in this country and around the world is one symptom of a global food crisis.”