Our Time Has Come. Food Sovereignty Now!

Speech by Henry Saragih, Chairperson of Serikat Petani Indonesia and General Coordinator of La Via Campesina

AEPF 9 Plenary on Food Sovereignty, 17 October 2012

My name is Henry Saragih. I am the chairperson of Serikat Petani Indonesia, a mass organization consisting of small-holder farmers, landless, indigenous peoples and also women peasants and youth all across Indonesia. We are a member of La Via Campesina, an international peasant movement spread in 70 countries and of more than 170 organizations. I am also the general coordinator of this international peasant movement.

Allow me to extend support for peasants and small-and medium scale food producers all over the world, as yesterday, 16 October, the world was celebrating the World Food Day--with a strong hope that people can have the rights to healthy and culturally appropiate food that produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods--and to be able to define our own food and agriculture systems. To be able to uphold our rights to land, water, and seeds. The people's food sovereignty.

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The Right to Food is now the basis for the Food Security Framework Policy

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Press release – La Via Campesina

(Rome, 18 October 2012) La Via Campesina welcomes the adoption on October 17, 2012, of the first version of the Global Strategic Framework for Food Security and Nutrition (GSF) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The international farmers movement has participated intensively in its elaboration together with other organisations of the Civil Society Mechanism.

It is an important achievement of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The GSF, as the overarching framework, will be the primary global reference for coordination and coherence in decision making on food and agricultural issues.

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World Food Day: Agribusiness investments are destroying small-scale family farmers and peasants

Via Campesina press statement

(Rome, 15th October 2012) At the press conference that took place today in Rome during the 39th session of the World Committee for Food Security, the Via Campesina representatives highlighted the risks that peasant agriculture will face if the issue of agricultural investment were to open the door to new land- water- and natural resources’ grabbing.

For the Via Campesina, the question of agricultural investments is extremely important, as depending on how they are handled, they can either provide support for peasant agriculture or, on the contrary, destroy it. Land-grabbing in Africa has become extremely violent, as Ibrahima Coulibaly, West African member of the International Coordinating Committee of the Via Campesina said, adding « the multinationals investing in Africa do anything but benefit the most vulnerable »

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Food Sovereignty – The Real Prize

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by George Naylor, Iowa farmer and former board president of the National Family Farm Coalition, guest blogs about the upcoming 2012‚ Food Sovereignty Prize.

The World Food Prize was established by Dr. Norman Borlaug, an Iowa native considered to be the father of the Green Revolution, which centered on the laboratory breeding of cereal crops that could increase yields through the application of artificial nitrogen fertilizer without lodging (falling down).

According to the World Food Prize Foundation:

The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing — without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs — the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. By honoring those who have worked successfully toward this goal, The Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve global food security and to what can be accomplished in the future.

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