- Published on Friday, 20 November 2009 05:31
South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements (SICCFM)
Blockade of Mangalore Port on 23rd November, 2009 by the South Indian farmers and fish-workers against WTO and FTAs and their destructive imports
South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements (SICCFM) has resolved to take a direct action against WTO and FTAs which facilitates cheap import of agriculture and marine produces. The import of Agricultural products includes edible oils, pulses, spices, sugar, areca nuts etc. Such cheap imports have depressed the prices of the Indian agriculture produces and impacted disastrously on the domestic production, the public health has also been compromised due to poor quality of imports, As a result of this, the country depends on imports for its 65% of the edible oil and for more than 50% of the pulses. Import of more than 177 highly subsidized varieties of different fishes will directly hit the lives of the fishermen of India.
- Published on Thursday, 19 November 2009 02:33
Press Release - La Via Campesina
(Rome, 18 November 2009) The blatant absence of the heads of states of the G8 countries in the World Food Summit, held in Rome from 16 to 18th of November was one of the key causes of the total failure of this summit. There were no concrete measures taken to eradicate hunger, to stop food speculation or to stop the expansion of agrofuels. There were no measures to stop the devastating effects of corporate agriculture or to support domestic peasant based food production.
- Published on Monday, 16 November 2009 09:17
Press release - La Via Campesina(Rome, 15th of November 2009) La Via Campesina is appalled by the arrogance of the private sector and especially Nestlé in pretending to provide solutions for the food crisis whereas the transnational companies have continued to actively contribute to creating this crisis.
The comments of the Nestlé president at the FAO private sector Conference in Milan on the 12th of November were particularly shocking given Nestlés well known harmful campaigns to sell baby formula and discourage breastfeeding in developing countries.