Who will benefit from the FAO reform?

Back Ground Document from the International Planning Committee on Food Security (IPC)

The reform of FAO seeks to fundamentally modify the mandate and nature of this United Nations institution. The real question is: who will gain from
this? To have an idea of the conflict which exists between the governments of the member states of FAO over implementation of the contents of the
external evaluation of FAO (see IEE-http://www.fao.org/pbe/pbee/en/219/index.html), we have to start by remembering some of the critical issues that have emerged over the past year.

The current financial crisis, just like the “food crisis”, shows without a doubt that it is necessary to have global governance spaces where measures
to respond to the disasters that result from the impact of a quarter century of structual adjustment policies and liberalisation of markets -
including agricultural markets -  can be elaborated and imposed. This need is also justified - not by sentiments of solidarity - but by the real
danger of urban revolts that have been provoked and can continue to be provoked by the crisis and which threaten dominant powers.

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Release of Via Campesina on Collapse of WTO Negotiation, July 2008

Release of Via Campesina on Collapse of WTO Negotiation, July 2008 

Last collapse of the WTO negotiations avoids deepening of the food crisis and creates space for other policies that protect and support food production.

Rural workers, peasants and family farmers all over the world are welcoming the collapse of negotiations. It is a victory for those who want to protect the livelihoods of 3 billions peasants all over the world and to find solutions to the current food crisis. For La Via Campesina this collapse is a victory in the long struggle against WTO.

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Anti-G8 action in Portugal

On July 4th, a group of activists occupied the building where the Japanese Embassy was located  on a 6th floor, in Lisbon - Portugal. Holding a 6 metres where it read “G8 at the table, One Planet starving”, with the objective of exposing the real consequences of the anti-democratic neo-liberal policies of the G8, and their fake recipes for the current world crisis: food, climactic and social.


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La Via Campesina supports KPL, KWPA and the Korean people’s struggle

Gran Canaria, July 25th 2008

Since April 2008, the Korean people have continuously protested against the US beef imports which are a precondition for the US ratification of the controversial US-Korea FTA. This relates to serious concerns about the safety of US beef. The Korean government has changed its regulations to allow 30 month old beef with bones to enter the Korean market and the people have clearly shown their disapproval of this. Many Korean activists have been arrested, put into prison and searched by the police because of their protests.

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