Land-grabbing causes hunger! Let small-scale farmers feed the world!

Press Release-La Via Campesina

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(Rome, 13 October 2010) Today, the problem of land tenure and natural resources was on the agenda of the 36th session of the World Committee on Food security (CFS) of the UN in Rome.

Land-grabbing by private investors and governments has increased massively over the last few years, therefore preventing access to land by current small food producers and future ones as well as imposing non-sustainable forms of agriculture. Through opaque financial structures several European, American and Brazilian banks invest in land-grabbing projects. These investments are contrary to the green image these banks try to project.

It is clear that land-grabbing is an inherent part of the agribusiness model promoted by institutions such as the World Bank, the IMF, IFAD, the FAO or the EU. Creating some vague rules as proposed by the principles of “responsible agriculture investment ” launched by the World Bank will not stop land-grabbing and would even legitimise this huge violation of peasant rights.

As a global peasant movement, La Via Campesina denounces this new form of colonisation that prevents peasants and small-scale farmers from providing food for their communities.

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The impacts of land-grabbing on farmers: Testimonies from around the globe

La Via Campesina Rome, 13th of October 2010

La Via Campesina organised a testimony-action yesterday inside the FAO to show the negative impacts of large land acquisitions on peasant farming. The farmer representatives can be contacted for interviews.

Some extracts of the testimonies:

Hortense Kinkodila, CNOP

In Congo, the governments make contracts with big companies without asking our advice. Agribusiness is interested in the most fertile lands that are used for food production. They are converted in large monocultures of jatropha or palm oil for exportation to Europe. We, peasants, loose our land and youth are obliged to move to the cities where they become vulnerable. The women go to work in these exploitations as workers with bad conditions. The land no longer belongs to the populations and we can't produce our food anymore, that's why we say NO to lang-grabbing

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La Via Campesinas message to the CFS: Sustainable peasant and family farm agriculture can feed the world!

Press Release - La Via Campesina

(Rome, October 11, 2010) With the number of hungry people in the world at almost 1 billion, it is clear that the current food system blatantly fails in providing healthy and adequate food for all. The recent increase in land grabbing is an integral part of the dominant corporate agribusiness model with large-scale industrial monocultures. This system has caused climate change and allows speculation on food for the benefit of a small minority.

Today the plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) of the United Nations started in Rome. La Via Campesina, the international peasant movement, wants to take advantage of this occasion to reiterate that sustainable peasant and family farm agriculture can feed the world, as mentioned in our newest publication.

This also means that the solutions reside in changing our food system to a system within the framework of food sovereignty that has sustaibable family farming at its centre.

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La Via Campesina demands the UN to support the real solutions to the food crisis

Media advisory - La Via Campesina

(Jakarta, 1st of October 2010) From the 11th until the 16th of October, the plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security of the UN is being held in Rome. Farmers from the international peasants' movement La Via Campesina will be present there with other stakeholders from civil society to demand real solutions for the worldwide permanent food crisis,, as well as concrete measures to tackle the problems of speculation with food commodities and land-grabbing.

During the forum of the Civil Society Organizations that will be held from the 8th to the 10th of October, also in Rome, grass-roots organizations will discuss the proposals they will present to the governments. With the reform of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) of the UN, civil society is now more permanently consulted, but the full participation of small-scale scale food producers is not yet guaranteed. At this moment our food policies are controlled by the views of rich donor countries, undemocratic institutions such as the World Bank and agro-multinationals with exorbitant lobby budgets.

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