- Published on Sunday, 16 October 2011 00:10
La Via Campesina - Press Release
(Rome, October 15th) On the occasion of the 37th session of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) where a delegation of farmers from La Via Campesina will be present along with other actors from civil society to follow the discussions and participate in the debates, La Via Campesina reiterates its demands for solutions based on the principles of food sovereignty. Important issues such as land tenure, price volatility, gender issues and nutrition as well as agricultural investments are on the agenda.
Land grabbing is one of the most blatant and scandalous examples of how the dominant corporate food system is pushing a growing number of farmers and consumers into poverty. The world is producing enough food to feed the population but it does not reach the people because of barriers like monopolized access to the land, the stranglehold over productive resources and the increasingly concentrated control of the food chain. We need the various governments to adopt effective and strong measures to prohibit these practices and to adopt policies that support sustainable farmers.
- Published on Friday, 14 October 2011 17:32
Media Advisory - La Via Campesina
(Rome, 14 October 2011) A delegation of women and men farmers from around the world representing the international movement La Via Campesina will attend the 37th Session of the Committee for World Food Security (CFS) in Rome from October 17 to 22. Small-scale farmers will defend a food and agricultural system free from the corporate grip.
"We will not feed people by allowing big business to continue to grab land and resources from local communities," says Henry Saragih, General Coordinator of the 200 million-strong farmers organisation La Via Campesina.
While the economic crisis is pushing more people into hunger and poverty, transnational companies are acquiring vast expanses of agricultural land to establish industrial export-oriented plantations, while local food producers are expelled and deprived of their means of subsistence. Kalissa Regier, a young farmer from Canada says: "La Via Campesina urges the CFS to reject the World Bank principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI) and demands strong Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in order to guarantee people's access to land and life resources".
Civil society organizations invite to the European Food Sovereignty Week of Action between the 10th and the 16th of October
- Published on Thursday, 13 October 2011 08:38
Brussels, October 11, 2011 - On the occasion of the World Food Day, October 16th, European civil society organizations and movements unite their voices to demand European and global food sovereignty. Europe-wide week of actions with colourful initiatives around the topics agriculture and food will be held in few European countries emphasising the need of a World Food Sovereignty Day.
This call comes two months after the first European Food Sovereignty Forum “Nyeleni Europe” which took place in Krems, Austria where more than 400 delegates from all over Europe gathered to discuss and steer action to achieve food sovereignty.
- Published on Thursday, 13 October 2011 08:27