- 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.
- Published on Thursday, 25 March 2010 16:36
Title: Small Scale Sustainable Farmers Are Cooling Down The Earth
Edition: La Via Campesina
Language: English (Available in Spanish and French)
Content: This paper presents LVC Position on Climate Change, related to Agriculture. The main message is that small scale sustainable agriculture is the best way to avoid gas emissions. Moreover, this type of peasant agriculture cools down the Earth.
- Published on Saturday, 20 March 2010 06:32
Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movement
Dear Shri Manmohan Singh ji,
Thousands of farmers, representing Bhartiya Kisan Union and other farmer unions affiliated to the Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movement (ICCFM), organised a massive demonstration in Delhi today protesting against “pro-corporate and anti farmer Budget of 2010-11” by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government under your leadership. The farmers are also agitated over the faulty agrarian policies by your government causing extreme hardship to Indian farmers and exacerbating agrarian crisis in the country.