- Published on Tuesday, 17 November 2009 05:46
Invitation to a press conference and action by La Via Campesina
17th of November: 11AM Symbolic action and Farmers views on the Committee on Food Security Reform of the FAO
Rome - Food sovereignty tent in front of FAO building
Farmers will be available throughout the day for interviews
La Via Campesina strongly supports the framework of the reformed FAO committee on food security for its democratic basis. In order to attack the problem of hunger in the world, governments need to assume their responsabilities through the implementation of public policies that support food sovereignty at all levels.
- Published on Monday, 16 November 2009 09:17
Press release - La Via Campesina(Rome, 15th of November 2009) La Via Campesina is appalled by the arrogance of the private sector and especially Nestlé in pretending to provide solutions for the food crisis whereas the transnational companies have continued to actively contribute to creating this crisis.
The comments of the Nestlé president at the FAO private sector Conference in Milan on the 12th of November were particularly shocking given Nestlés well known harmful campaigns to sell baby formula and discourage breastfeeding in developing countries.
- Published on Monday, 16 November 2009 07:48
Press Release : "Food Sovereignty Now!"
The Forum opened yesterday with a presentation by Oliver de Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Olivier was optimistic in his presentation about the new architecture for global governance of food security, which makes the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) its central figure.
The reform of the CFS will help to overcome the previous lack of coordination between different actors, which left control of decisions in the hands of State Governments alone, through the one country-one vote mechanisms of the UN FAO. The new FSC should define clear guidelines in which – and this is the great novelty – civil society, the private sector, and other international institutions can participate. Olivier warned the civil society forum of the need for constant vigilance, to ensure the implementation of the approved political guidelines. The Rapporteur stressed that the management of financial funds will mostly fall to the World Bank, which demonstrates a complete lack of connection between those who set out the guidelines and those who will be empowered to put them into practice. It is precisely the World Bank that, through pushing neoliberal policies, has generated so much world poverty, particularly in the rural sector.