Recovering the FAO’s objective

Interview with Fausto Torres of La Via Campesina Nicaragua

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The international organization Via Campesina, which gathers peasants from all over the world, welcomes the consultations called by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) around the tendency and use of land, to be carried out this week in Brasilia.

The leader of the Rural Workers’ Association of Nicaragua, Fausto Torres, says this is a chance to influence in the international policies on food sovereignty and the production and development models imposed by capitalism through agribusiness.

However, the Central American activist warns that even though the FAO allows for a certain level of influence and exchange between the organizations, the aspirations of the peasant, environmental, indigenous, women and young peoples’ movements should not go unnoticed.

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La Via Campesina joins the first action of the week of social struggle in Madrid!

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A delegation of Via Campesina took part today in an action organized by a group based in Madrid called "Rompamos el Silencio."

It is the first in a series of actions this week against the neoliberal domestic and foreign policies  of the European Union, as more than 60 heads of state meet under the Spanish presidency of the EU to sign bilateral trade agreements that favor the entry of multinationals in Latin American markets. 

Activists along with members of the delegation hung a banner in front of the offices of Monsanto, planted crosses in front and threw “blood bombs” at the banner.

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Dairy farmers in Europe and Latin America disappear – but agribusinesses stand to make big profits!

La Via Campesina International with representatives from Europe and Latin America are meeting in Madrid from the 14th to 18th of May to affirm their united opposition to the trade agreements which threaten small and medium sized producers from both continents.

The EU is holding a summit in Madrid with Latin American leaders where it hopes to close the aggressive agreements during the Spanish presidency of the EU.

These agreements have no benefit whatsoever to farmers and citizens on either side of the Atlantic.

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Farmers from both sides of the Atlantic unite for Food Sovereignty

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  • More that thirty farmers from Via Campesina organizations across Europe and Latin America will meet this week in Madrid to discuss alternatives to the European Union's aggressive trade policies.
  • The European Union is eager to sign free-trade agreements under the Spanish presidency between the EU and MERCOSUR, Central America and Peru and Columbia.

Farmer's organizations from both Latin American countries and Europe are united in their opposition to the talks: “These trade agreements serve the interests of transnational corporations, not the peoples of Europe and Latin America” says Javier Sanchez of the Spanish farmer's union COAG, member of the International Coordinating Committee of La Via Campesina.

Agreements such as this are contrary to Food Sovereignty, and threaten the lives and livelihoods of thousands of people. We urgently need to put an end to existing negotiations between the EU and Latin America” he added.

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