- Published on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 16:11
Brussels (18th April) If you came across a farmers seed exchange, a land occupation, a demo against GMOS, a party in a collective garden or just groups of people having lively discussions on food and agriculture issues over the last few days, then you caught a glimpse of the growing movement to take back control of our food and agricultural systems.
This year more than 40 events were organized across Europe on the 17th of April to mark the International Day of Peasant Struggle – and answer the call of Via Campesina to reject corporate control of our food and agricultural systems.
- Published on Monday, 18 April 2011 20:48
'Unless and until peasants' fight for the food sovereignty and revolutionary land reform, Peasants' right can't be ensured'
All Nepal Peasants' Federation (ANPFa) successfully organized an interaction program on the occasion of international day of peasants struggle April 17, 2011. The Programme was held at the Agricultural Training Centre Hariharbhawan, Pulchowk, Lalitpur. The program was chaired by Shanta Manavi, vice chairperson of ANPFa and Com. Bamdev Gautam, Chairperson ANPFa, member of land reform committee Dr. Kailash Pyakurel, Co-ordinator of Right to Food network Birendra Adhikari were few important personalities presented in the program.
In that programme Chair person of the All Nepal Peasants' Federation, Mr. Bam Dev Gautam urged the need of land reform and the importance of the peasants' in such developing country Nepal where 67% of the population relies in Agriculture. 'Unless and until peasants' fight for the food sovereignty and revolutionary land reform, Peasants' right can't be ensured'.
- Published on Sunday, 17 April 2011 18:28
JAKARTA. Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) celebrate the International Peasants’ Struggle Day with a simple action in the heart of capital, Jakarta. Peasants gather in order to remind the government and the people that there have been increasing violations of the peoples' rights, especially the rights of land.
“In the name of capital, hundreds of thousands hectares are converted to plantation and food estate,” says Achmad Ya’kub. Therefore in Indonesia, there are these increasing cases of agrarian conflicts between peasants and indigenous people versus companies and the government. The phenomenon is now trending like the land grabbing scheme all over the world.
“There can be no justifications for land grabbing!” social movements and CSOs tell World Bank, UN agencies and governments
- Published on Sunday, 17 April 2011 18:15
Today, on the International Day of Peasant Struggles, prominent farmers, fisherfolk, human rights and research organisations have sharply criticised the World Bank, three UN agencies and governments for promoting agricultural investments that are resulting in land grabbing on a massive scale.
From 18-20 April, investors, government officials and staff of international agencies will gather in Washington DC for the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty to discuss how to operationalise a framework called Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI). Formulated by the World Bank, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), RAI consists of seven principles which investors may choose whether or not to abide by when conducting large-scale farmland acquisitions.