Agricultural – G8: It is not for rich countries to decide the agricultural policies of the poor!

Media Advisory / La Via Campesina – AIAB

(Brussels/Rome April 15, 2009) La Via Campesina will be mobilising against the meeting of the Agricultural ministers of the G8 in Treviso in Italy from the 17th to 20th of April. The G8, as well as representatives of China, India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Egypt will be meeting to discuss “technical” issues related to hunger and the food crisis internationally.

La Via Campesina is an International movemnent of peasant farmers with more than 200 million members worldwide, many of whom have been victims of the neo-liberal policies promoted by the G8 in the past. With the financial crisis these policies have been shown to be inefficient, and neo-liberalism to be an ideology which has failed to alleviate hunger and protect the rights of peasants across the globe.

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EU Dairy Policy: We don't want to produce more for earning less

European coordination Via Campesina

To avoid a social catastrophe in rural areas, the European milk quota should be decreased and improvements be made to the distribution of production. Export subsidies should be halted, and more autonomous modes of production should be developed.

« We won’t pay for your crisis »

The European milk market is saturated today because of the decisions taken by the EU since 2003. The producers sell their milk at price below the costs of production and the weakest will disappear if the EU does not change its policy. The re-establishment of export subsidies reinforces inadmissible dumping regarding third countries which never really stopped1.

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The crisis will be profound and prolonged

It's been several months since the crisis of capitalism was unleashed on the international level, with its epicenter in financial capital and the US economy.  Now we have more evidence that this crisis will be profound and prolonged, affecting all the peripheral economies -- including Brazil.
 
Many analyses of the crisis have been published in academia and the media.  There are all sorts of positions and ideological currents.  But they all converge on this diagnosis: it is a profound crisis, worse than the crisis of 1929.  It will affect the entire world economy, which has been increasingly internationalized and controlled by fewer than 500 companies.  It will be worse, because it combines an economic crisis, a financial crisis (of the credibility of currencies), an environmental crisis, an ideological crisis due to the failure of neoliberalism, and a political crisis due to the lack of alternatives on the part of the dominant class at the center of capitalism or the governments of the periphery.

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ASEAN People's Forum: Food sovereignty and agrarian reform to solve crises

Report from La Via Campesina workshop

BANGKOK, Feb 21 – Years of poor land use and trade policies have created serious problems for farmers and peasants throughout Asia and the world, and underscored the need for more food sovereignty, activists said today.

Over 70 people, including many farmers from Southeast Asia, gathered to talk about food sovereignty and agrarian reform as the solutions to the food, fuel, financial and climate crises in a workshop at the ASEAN People's Forum.

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