- 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.
- Published on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 04:33
Coordination Paysanne Européenne - CPE (now known as European Coordination Via Campesina - ECVC)
Third World Network
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
On 21st October 2009, the Consultative Committee of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) rejected the application by the Association of Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society (APREBES) and the European Coordination Via Campesina (known before as CPE) for observer status in UPOV Bodies