Protecting Peasants’ Seeds and Implementing Peasant Agriculture as an Answer to the Food, Biodiversity and Climate Crises
- Published on Thursday, 10 March 2011 14:04
Press Release – La Via Campesina
A ministerial meeting on Food, Biodiversity and Climate Change will be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, on 11 March 2011 before the Fourth Regular Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, also known as the Seed Treaty (14-18 March 2011). The ministerial meeting aims to solve the crises of food, biodiversity and climate change. The FAO reported earlier this year that these multiple crises now cause 925 million people to suffer from hunger.,Most of the hungry live in rural areas which are the centre of agriculture. Therefore, we the delegates of La Via Campesina, an international peasant movement that is participating in the Seed Treaty, regret that peasants and small farmers are not being taken into account in the ministerial meeting.
The experience of small peasants around the world proves that agro-ecological farming and local food markets are the most powerful answer to the current multiple crises. Agro-ecological farming has proven to be very adaptive to the impact of climate change. It captures greenhouse gases in the soil and consumes far less fossil fuel than industrial agriculture, which uses fuel not only for food production but also for transportation and for the production of chemical fertilizer. This makes industrial agriculture is a large contributor to climate change. On the other hand, agro-ecological farming guarantees the food production for peasant families and can produce for both local and urban markets. It also increases and conserves biodiversity which leads to food diversification.
- Published on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 22:30
March 8, 2011
In the International Women's Day, the men and women that are part of the international coordination of the Via Campesina's End of all Violence Toward Rural Women Campaign, send greetings and solidarity to all women that are becoming subjects of our own history. Our campaign is one of the commitments of all members of Via Campesina to build our Buen Vivir (Good Living). It is not just another task or another demand. It is a process of change of men and women in the way we look at each other, in the way we treat each other; it is the right to a life with dignity and relations with equity. This is the way we commemorate this day.
Rural women live the expressions of the capitalist and patriarchal violence maintaining us at the margins and in the most precarious conditions. We know that the hegemonic system brings many forms of exclusion and sexist practices that replicates in our daily lives in our personal relations and in our political relations, when our knowledge, our work, and our economic contribution is devaluated or negated. The patriarchal capitalist model nullify the possibility of recognition of women's work and the contributions from rural women such as the conservation and recreation of our ecosystems, our biodiversity, our health systems and the transmit ion of agricultural knowledge.
- Published on Friday, 04 March 2011 15:52
On March 2nd, the political group «European United Left" (GUE), held a hearing on the CAP 2020 in which parliamentary members of the GUE met and discussed with farmers' organizations, NGOs and other sectors of civil society. Javier Sanchez  spoke on behalf of the European Coordination Via Campesina. Here are the highlights of his speech on the future of the CAP beyond 2013:
"We must first establish the policy objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy and then define its instruments, because Europe is in a constant state of structural crisis that requires innovative policy responses."
- Published on Friday, 04 March 2011 11:16
Mr President, High Commissioner,
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me begin by expressing my deep concerns regarding the grave situation in Libya. The shockingly violent food riots in Tunisia and Algeria are also in our thoughts, as this year the world is again entering a major food crisis.