India, Massive protests to stop land grabbing and defend agriculture


A historic mobilization of more than 1 lakh farmers, farm workers and agrarian masses belonging to a wide variety of social movements from across India descended upon New Delhi today. Protestors at the “Kisan Khet Mazdoor Mahapanchayat” in Jantar Mantar came all the way to the Indian capital to show their collective commitment to reversing the ongoing agrarian crisis. The government's responsibility for this crisis lies in its overenthusiasm for liberalization reforms, which ultimately support foreign investors, corporations and elite consumers instead of the agrarian masses and common people of India. Farmers from the Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers' Movements (ICCFM), which comprises of independent mass farmers groups such as the Bhartiya Kisan Union and the Karnataka Farmers Movement (KRRS), have joined hands with the largest alliance of peoples' movements in India called the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) in order to defend Indian people's access to land, water, forest and seeds – the most important resources of agrarian people, and the source of food and livelihood for the Indian masses.

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India, Mass Mobilization for Land Rights and Defense of Agriculture

Open call for Kisan (farmers) and Khet mazdoor (agriculture workers) mass mobilization

When: 18th March, 11 am onwards

Where: Jantar Mantar

Who: Farmers movements of the Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements – the (Bhartiya Kisan Union, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha) as well as brothers and sisters from the National Alliance of Peoples Movements (NAPM).

What: The mobilization will focus on people's right to land and the land acquisition bill. Along with the land bill, we have created a 5 point demand to defend agricultural livelihoods and put an end to the anti people development model imposed by the pro corporate predatory Indian state. 

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South Africa: Stop rural slavery! Respect the farmworkers!

Via Campesina Africa Solidarity Statement on the farmworkers mobilization


(Maputo 14th January 2013) - During the month of November last year, the world watched farmworkers strikes, particularly those working in vinyards, in the Western Cape Province, in South Africa. They were protesting against exploitation and poor working and living conditions on farms, demanding an increase in minimum wages. In many cases, South African police responded to the demonstrations with violence and intolerance and showed no respect for laws. Many farmworkers and activists were arrested, including peasants of The Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign, a member of La Via Campesina.

After dubious negotiations that halted the strikes in December, the South African government has refused to make any change to the minimum wage and the situation has remained unchanged. Early this January farmworkers resumed the strikes and are being heavily repressed by police.

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Brazilian megaproject in Mozambique set to displace millions of peasants


(Maputo, Mozambique - 29 November 2012) - The Brazilian government and private sector are collaborating with Japan to push a large-scale agribusiness project in Northern Mozambique. The project, called ProSavana, will make 14 million hectares of land available to Brazilian agribusiness companies for the production of soybeans, maize and other commodity crops that will be exported by Japanese multinationals. This area of Mozambique, known as the Nacala Corridor, is home to millions of farming families who are at risk of losing their lands in the process.

The Nacala Corridor stretches along a rail line that runs from the port of Nacala, in Nampula Province, into the two northern districts of Zambézia Province and ends in Lichinga, in Niassa Province. It is the most densely populated region of the country. With its fertile soils and its con-sistent and generous rainfall, millions of small farmers work these lands to produce food for their families and for local and regional markets.

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