- Published on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 22:28
Small-scale farmers in the country now want the government to stop any kind of land grabbing purportedly being carried out in the name of public investment, saying the trend would soon send the country into utter chaos.
Farmers also have been persuaded on the need of unite in strong organisation in order to jointly defend their right even if it would cost them their lives.
Speaking during at a Symposium to mark the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle nationally organized by the National Small-Scale Farmers Networks Groups in Tanzania (MVIWATA) on 17th April 2012 in Morogoro, they said small-scale farmers in Tanzania have been sidelined throughout the 50 years of independence but it was now the right time for farmers to wake up.
Ms. Sekerega Sabula a farmer from Mbarali district in Mbeya region warned that the government would soon send the country into chaos by welcoming more investors who take village lands.
- Published on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 20:17
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- Published on Tuesday, 17 April 2012 22:27
Open letter from National Peasants Coalition of Pakistan/ Pakistan Kisan Sangat
April 17, 2012
Dear Sir/ Madam
Announcing that Pakistan Kisan Sangat پاکستان کسان سنگت or National Peasants Coalition of Pakistan (NPCP), is a national level coalition of peasants movements of Pakistan, which was created on February 2012 at a national peasants convention at Hyderabad.
Aware with the fact that about two-fifth of the labour force in Pakistan is engaged in agriculture, which contributes to one-tenth of the country’s GDP.
Realizing that land in Pakistan’s context is not merely an economic commodity in Pakistan; it is also a source of social and political power. Agricultural land ownership in the country is highly concentrated and unequal. Around half of the rural households do not own any land, and the top 5 % own over a 1/3 of all cultivated area.
Recognizing the fact that rural women spend more hours in agriculture labour than men but they earn less income compared to men and face more hardships to own agricultural land;
- Published on Monday, 16 April 2012 19:15
Press Release – La Via Campesina
(Jakarta, 16 April 2012) Small scale farmers and their allies are celebrating the International Day ofPeasant's Struggle tomorrow, 17th of April 2012, organising more than 250 actions and manifestations allover the globe.
This event commemorates the massacre of 19 landless farmers demanding access to land and justice in1996 in Brazil (1). A full list of actions, ranging from university lectures to land occupations is available onthe website www.viacampesina.org
The international farmers movement La Via Campesina is mobilising this year to oppose the currentoffensive by some states and large corporations at international level to grab land from the farmers, women and men, who have been cultivating it for centuries. Small farmers' demand is simple: they need access toland to grow food for their communities. When land is grabbed by transnational companies, hugemonoculture plantations for export are developed. This only leads to increased hunger, social unrest andenvironmental devastation, including the current climate chaos.