- Published on Monday, 13 April 2009 12:29
17 April: International Day of Peasant's Struggle
Dear LaDonna Redmond,
April 17th, the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle is close approaching and we invite you to make it a day to remember.
Members of the National Family Farm Coalition, member of La Via Campesina, and their allies will take to the streets below the Chicago Mercantile Exchange at 11am on April 17th to protest the violations of the rights of peasants due to the dramatically increasing liberalization of the world’s food system.
- Published on Thursday, 09 April 2009 18:52
Common press release European Coordination Via Campesina and La Via Campesina Central America (8th of April 2009)
With Nicaragua leaving the negotiation table, the 7th round of negotiations between the EU and Central America has been suspended. With this, the aggressive policies of he EU have been brought to a halt for the time being.
- Published on Tuesday, 07 April 2009 15:27
Statement by Mr. Henry Saragih, General Coordinator of La Via Campesina
6 April 2009, New York
Mr. Secretary General of the United Nations,
Mr.President of the United Nations General Assembly,
Chair of the High-Level Task Force on Food Security,
Mr. Olivier de Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I welcome this Interactive Thematic Dialogue in our global effort in responding to the food crisis. Our dialogue in this chamber is of particular importance for those of us who believe that humankind has the courage and ability to make global governance work for all. Indeed, the food crisis gives us all an opportunity to do something without delay. The food crisis poses a massive threat to humankind. Everyday, significant parts of society around the world suffer directly or indirectly because of the food crisis. La Via Campesina, an international peasant movement, has been working to address the situation globally, with our members in 70 countries—this figure includes over 200 million members worldwide. Given the nature of our movement, undoubtedly the situation of peasants was put high on our agenda.
- Published on Friday, 03 April 2009 00:55
Summary of the Intervention of Joop de Koeijer, member of the coordinating committee of the European Coordination Via Campesina at the climate panel during the Put People First mobilisation on the 28th of March in London at the occasion of the G20 meeting.
The members of la Via Campesina - smallscale, sustainable family farmers are providing a basic need to all people: food.
For two other reasons it is important to take into account the Via Campesina positions: firstly, the vulnerability of peasants to climate change is huge, but also these same peasants can contribute to the solution of the climate problem.
Of course one would expect a farmer from the Global South to give testimony on the vulnerability of the livelihoods of many peasant families due to climate change. However, the values and proposals for agriculture and food are shared by our whole international movement.