- Published on Sunday, 04 April 2010 13:53
Title: Sustainable Peasant and Family Farm Agriculture Can Feed the World
Language: English (Available in French and Spanish)
Content: The 2008 world food price crisis, and more recent price hikes this year, have focused attention on the ability of the world food system to “feed the world.”
In La Via Campesina the global alliance of peasant and family farm organizations, we believe that agroecological food production by small farmers is the agricultural model best suited to meeting future food needs. The contemporary food crisis is not really a crisis of our ability to produce.
Edition: La Via Campesina
- Published on Wednesday, 31 March 2010 15:20
Title: La Via Campesina Policy Documents
Language: English (Available in French, Spanish and Portuguese)
Content:This publication is a broad compilation of background and policy documents which have been widely discussed within our movement and which were produced by members of Via Campesina and its leaders from around the world. The texts published in this book were either written collectively for a specific event over the past years or specifically drafted by some Via Campesina representatives. They were then published in two booklets. The first one, published in March 2008 was discussed during the regional meetings in the lead up to the 5th Conference of Via Campesina that took place in Maputo, Mozambique, from the 16th to the 23rd of October 2008. A second booklet was published just before the conference. All those documents were finally discussed at the Conference itself during various assemblies and workshops.
- Published on Thursday, 25 March 2010 17:10
I am Henry Saragih, general coordinator of La Via Campesina. La Via Campesina is a global movement gathering peasants organisations from 70 countries from around the globe including in Senegal, India, Switzerland, France, Spain, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Mali. We have about 200 millions member actively participating in La Via Campesina.
On behalf of La Via Campesina and the CETIM, I am coming here in the 13th session of the UN Human Rights Council to congratulate the work of UN human rights body, especially the Advisory Committee on establishing the groundwork of promotion and protection of rights of peasants. The fourth session of the Advisory Committee delivered the report (A/HRC/AC/4/2) and recommendations which set a standard of non-discrimination against peasants, particularly rural women, and other people living in rural areas, including those engaged in traditional fishing, hunting, and herding activities.
- Published on Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:53
European coordination via campesina
Public resistance - The long struggle against GMOS in Europe
In spite of the repeated rejections of European farmers and consumers who have consistently iterated their opposition to the introduction of GMOs in European fields and markets, the EU is still pushing them against European Food Soveriegnty, and GMO crops and foods are in our fields and shops. The struggle against GMOs continues.
It is clear that the push for GM technology in Europe is caused by the commitments made by the EU Commission to biotechnology industries and their political representatives in order to introduce GM crops in Europe. GM seeds represent the last step in reducing the role of farmers from independent food producers to simple labourers, ignoring the these impacts...should send warning “The “domino effect” nature of many of of bells ringing in European Institutions” value traditional knowledge, the role of farmers in biodiversity and environmental protection and locking farmers into a system based on seed, fertiliser, agrochemical and energy inputs entirely dependent on and controlled by transnational corporations and a logic of profit.