- Published on Wednesday, 28 November 2012 15:37
La Via Campesina - Press release
[MANILA, 28 November 2012] The 5th World Social Forum on Migrations is happening with many historic firsts from 26-30 November 2012. It is the first time the World Social Forum on Migrations has come to Asia. This is also the first forum with the biggest diversity of participants: more than 800 hundred peope are coming from countries and regions from all over the world. There are representatives of not only migrants movements but also of peasants, trade unions and indigenous peoples.
La Via Campesina, the international peasants movement with over 200 million members worldwide, have always stood in solidarity with migrants movements around the world. We are proud to work together with migrant movements in this monumental World Social Forum on Migrations in Manila, the Philippines.
- Published on Monday, 26 November 2012 14:51
(Maputo, 19 November 2012) – UNAC, the National Farmer’s Union (União Nacional de Camponeses), will host a national conference on land management on 27 and 28 November this year. It will be a public event which will aim to discuss the issue of land as a resource and how misuse of it perpetuates poverty and the erosion of the social fabric of the country’s rural communities.
In recent times Mozambique has become a stage for large-scale investments, attracting businessmen and companies from all over the world. Nevertheless, agricultural policies and large-scale investments in this sector have not benefited Mozambican farmers, although they are the social group that accounts for more than half of food production in the country.
- Published on Thursday, 22 November 2012 14:06
La Via Campesina - Press Release
Mexico City, November 20, 2012. In the next few days, the multinationals Monsanto, DuPont and Dow are expecting a positive response from the Mexican Government to sow 2.4 million hectares of GM maize in Mexico, a surface area equivalent to that of El Salvador. The situation is extremely alarming since Mexico is the world’s centre of maize diversity, with thousands of varieties in the fields of peasant and indigenous communities. Maize is currently one of the world’s three main food staples, so the contamination of Mexican maize by dangerous GMOs is a threat to the entire planet.
There are thousands of local varieties of maize in Mexico’s peasant communities, each one the product of different climates, soils, ecosystems and cultures. From Mexico, maize spread across the world, becoming one of the most important foodstuffs for many other peoples, especially in Southern Africa, Asia and all of Latin America. In recent decades, however, industry and the multinationals have also shown considerable interest in maize. They have developed hybrid varieties, dependent on pesticides and other inputs, which peasants must purchase. They have also developed GM maize varieties which today cover 51 million hectares across the globe.
- Published on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 07:13
On Saturday, November 17, 2012 after 3 weeks of evictions, more than 30000 persons joined the mobilisation to re-occupy the ZAD (1700 hectares of land near Nantes where the future airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes is planned to be). As soon as the demonstration arrived, 5 pre-assembled structures started to get built: a meeting-room of 80m², a kitchen house, 2 dorms, a toilet and bath block and a workshop. Thanks to a sum of ingeniosity, mutualised know-hows and endless human chains to bring the tons of planks, as well as cross beams, metal sheets and straw needed for the work, the construction showed rapid progress.