- 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
- Published on Tuesday, 11 October 2011 08:19
The Bajo Aguán valley is witnessing an alarming situation of violence and repression against peasant communities: between January 2010 and early October 2011, 40 people involved in peasant organizations in the region were murdered. For several years, approximately 3,500 peasant families have claimed their right to food and access to agricultural lands in an environment infused with rural conflicts with the principal palm oil producers in the region. National and international human rights organizations have monitored the situation and concluded that the peasant communities are completely defenseless and unprotected against the authorities´ actions and omissions. Testimonies from the victims, their families and witnesses point to the private and public security forces as those responsible for the deaths, torture, threats and harassment of the peasant communities.
Attached, you find the word version of the Urgent Action, as well as a Petition format, where many signatures are gathered collectively, and you as respective SCC would send this list of signatures to the recipients of the Urgent Action.