- Published on Saturday, 20 November 2010 09:52
We, the farmers belonging to the Collective of Farmer Organisations and the Coalition of the Forum of Civil Society Organisations, having come from every administrative region of Mali, and having met on 20 November 2010 at the Kologontomo Forum on agricultural land grabs in Mali, launch the following appeal:
- Responding to demand from farmer organisations and their members in the Office du Niger area;
- Having noted farmers’ lack of tenure security in the Office du Niger area, and the difficulty of obtaining information about Government policy on large-scale allocations of agricultural land to foreign investors;
- In light of the provisions of the Framework Law on Agriculture regarding agricultural land;
- In light of the flagrant violations of citizens’ and human rights through numerous shocking attacks on the physical and moral integrity of rural populations in developed areas of the Office du Niger;
- In light of the sudden and brutal occupations of agricultural lands by foreign and national investors to the detriment of family farms, which need access to large amounts of agricultural land and secure tenure of this land;
- In view of the fact that the allocation of vast tracts of agricultural land to private investors is undermining national sovereignty and will contribute to the almost inevitable disappearance of family farming.
- Published on Thursday, 18 November 2010 14:55
LA VIA CAMPESINA PRESS RELEASE
(Seoul, NOV 18, 2010) The G20i just concluded its Summit in Seoul, Korea where they professed to discuss solutions to the global financial crisis. Claiming to be the forum for global economic governance, these 20 countries are making decisions that will affect the whole world, while excluding majority of the countries, which also happen to be the poorest.
The G20’s agenda is driven by corporate capital as evidenced by the G20 Seoul Business Summit where around 120 top global CEO’s met with G20 leaders to discuss corporate priorities. In contrast, civil society and social movement representatives voicing people’s demands and priorities were not allowed into Korea. The Korean government effectively prevented the democratic participation of civil society and social movement representatives from abroad by denying visas and by forcibly deporting others.
- Published on Friday, 12 November 2010 10:57
Press Release - Via Campesina
(Jakarta, 12 November, 2010) La Via Campesina delegates attending the conference of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) in Nagoya from 19 to 29 October 2010 regret that the conference failed to achieve a radical decision to halt the mass commercialization and destruction of biodiversity.
Despite the positive decisions to impose a moratorium on geo-engineering and conserve the moratorium on Terminator technology, the conference failed to take the decisive measures needed to stop the biodiversity loss that threatens our survival.
Via Campesina celebrates the moratorium on geo-engineering as this technology is regarded as a false and damaging proposal for reversing climate change. It does not have the potential, as claimed, to reduce the production of green house gas emissions. Modifying the earth’s surface, oceans and atmosphere in this way is instead likely to have devastating impacts on biodiversity. We encourage the delegates at the upcoming COP16 climate change talks in Cancun at the end of this year to endorse the moratorium imposed at Nagoya.
- Published on Thursday, 11 November 2010 16:36
Position Paper - Nagoya
No market-based ‘solutions’ to biodiversity destruction!
The international peasant movement, « La Vía Campesina » is participating in the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Nagoya, Japan, Oct. 18-29, 2010.
Men and women representatives from family-farming communities of Asia, Europe and North America are here to denounce and reject the frenetic commercialization of natural resources of the planet. There are viable solutions to the environmental crisis: A diversity of human cultures that can maintain diversity through sustainable peasant and family farming and the control of biodiversity in the hands of local communities.