- Published on Tuesday, 22 December 2009 05:30
Elvira Baladad, a mango orchardist visiting Copenhagen to represent La Via Campesina affiliate Paragos Phillipinas in the COP15 civil society discussions, told me that she didn't want to talk about mangos. She was far more concerned about the wild weather the Phillipines have been having, with such an extended rainy season that she said it seems like they don't have summer anymore, and the destruction of what she estimated was 70-80 percent of the country's rice crop by typhoons Katsana and Parma.
- Published on Tuesday, 22 December 2009 05:19
Michel David's father was a farm worker, and in 1991, he gave up his own job as a social worker to start farming himself. He now runs a 40 hectare (around 100 acres) organic farm on woody, hillside land where he raises 20 cows among his apples and chestnuts, and came to Copenhagen representing the Confederation Paysanne.
- Published on Saturday, 19 December 2009 18:33
(Copenhagen, 19 December 2009) The climate talks this week in Copenhagen ended in failure. Governments of the world showed themselves incapable or unwilling to make the changes necessary to find a just solution to the current climate chaos. The talks have been driven by self interest and trade 'solutions' that have so far proven useless.
Josie Riffaud, one of the leaders of the farmers movement Via Campesina said: "Money and market solutions will not resolve the current crisis. We need a radical change in the way we produce and we consume and this is what was not discussed in Copenhagen".
- Published on Wednesday, 16 December 2009 21:50
Press Release - Via Campesina - 16 December 2009
Farmers from the international peasant's organisation La Via Campesina are joining the "Reclaim Power Action" today in Copenhagen starting at 8 am at Tarnby train station and going to the Bella Center where the UN Climate talks are being held. This protest is co-organised by the large coalitions of social movements, NGOs, unions and activists in Climate Justice Action and Climate Justice Now!
Farmers reclaim the power to exist
Free-market-oriented agricultural policies and transnational companies destroy farmers lives. Small farmers already lose their livelihoods due to mass imports of cheap subsidised food and WTO policies and we are evicted by infrastructure and other "development projects". The mechanisms currently discussed during the climate talks will further drive us from our lands and deny us our livelihoods. For example, the pressure on land for agrofuel production already expell us from our farms.