The Voluntary Guidelines on the Tenure of Land Fisheries and Forests are complete

CSO Press release

(Rome, 13/03/2012) Last Friday, 9th of March in the evening, the Committee on Word Food Security (CFS) completed the intergovernmental negotiations of the FAO Voluntary Guidelines on theTenure of Land Fisheries and Forests in the context of National Food Security. With the successful completion of these negotiations after a participatory process lasting nearly 3 years, the CFS has shown clearly that it has the capacity to bring a wide variety of social actors to the debate and to seek solutions to one of the most difficult and delicate issues we face today, that of access to natural resources for food production/provision. More than 45 persons representing 20 civil society organizations attended the final round of negotiations.

The Guidelines contain valuable points that will provide backing to organizations in their long struggle to ensure the care and use of Resources and Natural Goods in order to produce more nourishing food, so helping to eliminate hunger from the world by addressing its root causes.Ensuring access to land, fisheries and forests is absolutely vital, not just to enable small food producers to nourish the world. Access to natural resources is a question of dignity and a matter of life and death for millions of peasant communities, pastoralists, indigenous Peoples and fisher folk. In many parts of the world, land-grabbing causes great suffering by displacing people and communities and destroying and confiscating their lands, further increasing the incidence of violent conflicts.

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Stop Water Grabbing!

(Marseille, March 11th 2012)

La Via Campesina Media Advisory

Representatives of small-scale farmers and family farmers member of La Via Campesina from Madagascar, Mali, Bangladesh, Mexico and several European countries will come to Marseille, France from March 12th to 17th. They will share their experiences on the struggle to defend small-scale farmers right over water. They will also present their solutions on how to cope with the water crisis.

La Via Campesina sees the water crisis in the world as a direct result of water grabbing by transnational corporations, such as bottling water corporations, tap water corporations, and large-scale agribusiness corporations. Their main objective is to take bigger profit by grabbing the rights of small-scale farmers and ordinary people over water for drinking and farming. Industrial agriculture model with the monoculture plantation, high chemical pesticide and synthetic fertilizers has been worsening the water crisis.

It is totally a failure to expect any solutions on water crisis from those corporations.

The farmer delegates of La Via Campesina in Marseille bring their concrete and genuine solutions to the water crisis that base on the agrarian reform, food sovereignty and agro-ecology. They will also actively take part in the alternative forum “FAME” with other social movements.

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Josie Rifaud: (email: josieriffaud[at] yahoo.fr) Phone: 0613105291 (French and English)

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Land, seas and territories to feed our dignity and the peoples of the world

March 2012

March 5 – 9, 2012: Last round of the international negotiations on land at FAO: The mobilization of social organizations and Italian NGOs.Monday, 5th of March, at 1 p.m.: international press conference of the delegates of civil society who will present the demands of civil society inside FAO. Friday, 9th of March, at 1 p.m.: press conference outside of FAO on the end of negotiations and the results

On Monday, 5th of March, the last phase of the negotiations of governments and civil society on the “Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests” in FAO’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will begin.

The Italian associations A.I.A.B., CROCEVIA, FAIR and TERRA NUOVA support und participate in the mobilization of the delegates of social movements and organizations that represent small-scale food producers (peasants, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, nomadic pastoralists, young people and rural women).

The Voluntary Guidelines are an instrument of the system of the United Nations that fixes necessary, but not obligatory elements for the actions of governments. Two thirds of the text have already been agreed upon during the last session in October 2011. Social movements have strongly pushed for the elaboration of these guidelines, given that in respect to land, even the most basic rights are being violated, especially the right to food.

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