Kolongotomo Farmers Forum on Land Grabs in Mali



We, the farmers belonging to the Collective of Farmer Organisations and the Coalition of the Forum of Civil Society Organisations, having come from every administrative region of Mali, and having met on 20 November 2010 at the Kologontomo Forum on agricultural land grabs in Mali, launch the following appeal:


  • Responding to demand from farmer organisations and their members in the Office du Niger area;
  • Having noted farmers’ lack of tenure security in the Office du Niger area, and the difficulty of obtaining information about Government policy on large-scale allocations of agricultural land to foreign investors;
  • In light of the provisions of the Framework Law on Agriculture regarding agricultural land;
  • In light of the flagrant violations of citizens’ and human rights through numerous shocking attacks on the physical and moral integrity of rural populations in developed areas of the Office du Niger;
  • In light of the sudden and brutal occupations of agricultural lands by foreign and national investors to the detriment of family farms, which need access to large amounts of agricultural land and secure tenure of this land;
  • In view of the fact that the allocation of vast tracts of agricultural land to private investors is undermining national sovereignty and will contribute to the almost inevitable disappearance of family farming.


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Intervention by Henry Saragih to the Round Table on Land Tenure and International Investment in Agriculture

Rome, October 13, 2010

Thank you Chair person for this opportunity to present our position. I am Henry Saragih from Indonesia, Chair person of the Indonesian Peasant Union and General Coordinator of La Via Campesina. La Via Campesina is an international peasant movement. Our members include small-scale family farmers, peasants, and landless farmers from every region in the world.

At this moment, we ask the CFS to:

  • Recall the importance of the International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ICARRD) which was held in Brazil in June, 2006.

  • Urge States to implement the commitments they made in the ICARRD final declaration in relation to secure access to and control over land and natural resources for small scale food producers/providers, genuine agrarian reform and sustainable rural development policies.

  • Develop an appropriate legal framework to implement the ICARRD commitments.

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Why We Oppose the Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI)


FIAN International * Focus on the Global South * La Via Campesina Social Network for Justice and Human Rights (REDE SOCIAL)

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A Comparison Between FAO Guidelines for the Responsible Governance of Land and Natural Resources Tenure and Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment that Respects Rights, Livelihoods and Resources.

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Farmers march in Jakarta: Paving the way for genuine agrarian reform


JAKARTA. Some 20-thousands peasants from all across Indonesia marked the 50th commemoration of the National Farmers’ Day on Sept. 24. Half of the number chooses to rally along Jakarta on that day, focusing to the Presidential Palace.

These parallel actions all across Indonesia were organized by 44-organizations, mostly farmers’ organizations, to remind President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that he made a speech on 2007 saying that the government was to pursue agrarian reform. “No implementation of the program whatsoever until now,” said Henry Saragih, chairman of the Indonesian Peasant Union.

Meanwhile, there are 9.6 million hectares of unclaimed land ready to be redistributed to the people. The government seems only focusing on “market-led agrarian reform”, as advised by the World Bank from 1999 to 2004. This includes titling, cadasters and land registries. Of course it fails to adhere with the problems of food sovereignty, human rights (most notably the rights to land), and furthermore—justice.

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