G20 Agriculture: No to “food grabbing” by the richest nations of the world!

Press Release - La Via Campesina

(Jakarta, June 16, 2011) Food and agriculture will be on the menu of the G20 agriculture ministers meeting to be held in Paris on June 22 and 23, in preparation for the G20 conference in Cannes, France, in November. The international farmers’ movement La Via Campesina condemns the ongoing attempts by the governments of the world's richest nations to grab and control food policies that affect not only farmers but every single human being.

The G20 does not have the authority to dictate its policies to the rest of the world. It only includes the 20 richest economies, excluding the poorest. For example, from Africa, one of the continents most affected by hunger, only South Africa is admitted to the club.

The G20 is not only illegitimate, but also incompetent. Since its creation in 1999 it has intended to build a new world economic order, by controlling speculation and tax havens, dismantling “excessively large” banks and taxing financial transactions, amongst other plans. But these attempts have failed because the leaders of G20 nations continue to promote the same neoliberal policies that have created the current food and financial crises.

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ECVC presentation at the European Parliament

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On March 2nd, the political group «European United Left" (GUE), held a hearing on the CAP 2020 in which parliamentary members of the GUE met and discussed with farmers' organizations, NGOs and other sectors of civil society. Javier Sanchez [1] spoke on behalf of the European Coordination Via Campesina. Here are the highlights of his speech on the future of the CAP beyond 2013:

"We must first establish the policy objectives of the Common Agricultural Policy and then define its instruments, because Europe is in a constant state of structural crisis that requires innovative policy responses."

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Farmers' evaluation of the UN Committee on World Food Security

INVITATION TO A PRESS CONFERENCE

Rome, 14th of October 2010

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Farmers from the international peasant movement La Via Campesina participating in the the plenary session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) of the UN in Rome (October 11-16) will present their evaluation of the discussion during a press conference tomorrow.

- 15th of October – 10h30: Press Conference by La Via Campesina

Venue: Philippines room (2nd floor building C)

FAO, Via delle Terme di Caracalla)

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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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