- Published on Tuesday, 10 February 2015 13:40
(Poland, February, 5 2015) This week thousands of Polish family farmers turned out to protest in over 50 locations across the country. Over 150 tractors blockaded the A2 motorway into Warsaw on the 3rd February and hundreds more continue to close major roads and picket government offices in other regions. The farmers are vowing to continue the struggle until the government agrees to enter talks with the unions and commits to addressing what the farmers see as a crisis in Polish agriculture.
These actions represent a dramatic escalation of protests that have been simmering across the country over the last year. Edward Kosmal, chairman of the farmers protest committee for West-Pomeranian Region said: “We are ready for dialogue. We look forward to meeting with you Prime Minister and beginning a comprehensive government commitment to solving the problems of Polish agriculture. If you do not enter into a dialogue with the Union, we would be forced to tighten our forms of protest.”
- Published on Monday, 02 February 2015 16:20
(Palestine, Ramallah, January 2015) More than 5500 trees uprooted in one month! The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) follows up intensely the Israeli violations against the Palestinian farmers to expose the brutality of the occupation to the local and international world. West Bank Damages to the agricultural sector & Violence against farmers · On 3 January, a group of 50 armed settlers tried to detain five Palestinian herders next to the settlement of Itamar (Nablus), sparking clashes; Israeli forces who arrived at the site fired live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at the Palestinians, injuring two of them (Weekly_report).
- Published on Monday, 02 February 2015 15:54
(Palestine, Ramallah, January 2015) The International community, human rights organizations, activists and social justice movements raised their voice to end the Israeli violations against the Palestinian farmers and the agricultural sector. La Via Campesina International, Grassroots International – USA, Landless Workers Movement- Brazil, Alter Trade Japan (ATJ), APNet- Korea, Jews Voice for Peace – USA, Agreegeo – France, Featherview Farm – Australia, Alternative People's Linkage in Asia – Japan, and international activists signed UAWC's position paper to say NO to: land confiscation for establishing illegal settlements, trees uprooting, physical and verbal assaults, and demolition of agricultural properties. UAWC wrote its latest UAWC’s position paper when the Israeli settlers from "Susiya" Settlement –that was established on the Palestinian land of Sousia Village - chopped down 345 olive trees belonging to Palestinian farmers in Masafer Yata to the south of Hebron; on January 9th settlers chopped down 45 trees and then on January 10th they chopped another 300 trees. Yet, the position paper does not only call the international community to say NO to this violation but to all of the Israeli violations against Palestinians. The Israeli violations must END in order to accomplish food sovereignty. Below are charts that summarize some of the Israeli violations against Palestinian farmers in 2013 and 2014. The numbers were all extracted from the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Weekly_report published on January 15th 2015.
- Published on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 16:48
"There's absolutely nothing smart about it," said Chavannes Jean-Baptiste, a Haitian Via Campesina leader who coordinates the movement's work around climate change, in a critical workshop on Climate-Smart Agriculture in Lima. "The climate crisis is rooted in capitalism, which is also in crisis as an economic system," he explained. "Entrepreneurs are trying to emerge from this crisis, and as a way of doing so are creating green capitalism, of which Climate-Smart Agriculture is typical."
By: Salena Tramel
A new report by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indisputably confirms what many scientists had predicted: 2014 is officially the hottest year on record. And this past year is not an anomaly -- the previous 10 hottest years on the books have all occurred since 1998. This announcement adds to the urgency expressed just last month in Lima, where political leaders and business tycoons from around the world met for the 20th yearly session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The gathering in Peru was historic in that it was the last time the decision-making body would meet before COP 21 in Paris next December, where an international and legally binding agreement on climate will be signed.
However, growing movements of those on the frontlines of climate disruption argue that the high-level political remedies touted at venues such as the COP amount to false promises and leave out marginalized voices. Via Campesina is perhaps the most prominent of these movements, with more than 250 million peasant, pastoralist, and indigenous members from around the world. Along with allies ranging from labor to environmental networks, Via Campesina organized the Cumbre de los Pueblos (Peoples Summit) in its own grassroots rendition of the COP 20 process in Lima to promote bottom-up solutions to the climate crisis and refute the corporate-driven and exclusionary nature of the official negotiations.