- Published on Monday, 28 January 2008 22:21
From 11th to 13th January 2008, 21 delegates and members of Via Campesina, from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, South Korea, Norway, France, Haiti, Mali, Italy, the United States, Mozambique, Turkey, the Basque Country and Nepal, met in Dijon for a strategic seminar on the theme “Food Sovereignty and Free-Trade Agreements” convened and organised by the Via Campesina’s Food Sovereignty work committee.
- Published on Monday, 28 January 2008 22:17
Interview with Joao Pedro Stédile
RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 24 (IPS) - Joao Pedro Stédile thinks that the World Social Forum (WSF) should remain a debating arena for civil society, because with all its breadth and variety, to attempt to agree on resolutions is "an illusion."
The Brazilian landless movement activist is also in favour of holding the WSF every three years, instead of annually, he said in an interview with IPS correspondent Mario Osava.
A member of the group that founded the WSF in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre in 2001, Stédile is regarded as one of the main theorists of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), and he belongs to the local chapter of Vía Campesina, an international non-governmental organisation (NGO).
The 54-year-old economist is a national coordinator for the MST, and a staunch defender of food sovereignty and the right of farmers to produce their own seeds. Conversely, he is a radical opponent of genetically modified crops and of monoculture forestry, especially of eucalyptus.
- Published on Monday, 28 January 2008 22:04
Statement of la Via CampesinaDijon, France - January, 13 2008
The member organizations of la Via Campesina gathered in Dijon, France state that all bilateral and bi-regional free-trade agreements, be they called «Tratados de libre-comercio » (TLC), « Free-trade agreements » (FTA) or «Economic Partnership Agreements » (EPAs), are of the same nature. They lead to the plundering of natural resources and only serve transnational companies at the expense of all the world's peoples and environment. These are not partnership agreements but Economic Plundering Agreements.
- Published on Monday, 28 January 2008 15:22
Title: Seed Heritage of the People for the good of Humanity (from the Women Seed Forum in South Korea)
Edition: La Via Campesina
Content: This booklet is the compilation of the pepers and experiences of the women peasants from peasant organizations members of La Via Campesina in the region. The booklet explained about the role of the women peasant in conserve the seed and in another hand we are loosing the native seed we have. This booklet also given example how women peasant save the seed and exchange the seed among the peasant.