- Published on Thursday, 16 June 2016 14:18
Brussels 15 June 2016
Since the early days of the WTO, agriculture has been one of the hottest potatoes in trade talks. Agribusiness and other corporate lobby groups use trade agreements to increase their market access and profits. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as well as its "sister" CETA (Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement) are an assault on sustainable farming on both sides of the Atlantic. TTIP and CETA will affect food safety, animal welfare and environmental protection, lead to further intensification and corporate concentration of agriculture and threaten peasants' survival as well as citizens' health.
- Published on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:52
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, May 2016 edition, is now available. This edition of the newsletter carries news from the peasant rights consultation processes, progress on the negotiations in CSM on connecting small holders to markets, actions and mobilisations in our #MarchAgainstMonsanto and more. May edition of the e-newsletter also carries links to the recently launched 2015 Annual Report of La Via Campesina. Here is the link to the newsletter. Hope you enjoy reading it and please do share it widely. Globalise the struggle! Globalise hope!
- Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 17:36
Capital is appropriating our territories. Hence, we must respond by turning the struggle for land into a struggle for territory.
This will require forging unions between –on one side– peasant farmers, day laborers, indigenous peoples, nomad shepherds, artisan fishermen, forest peoples and other rural communities, and –on another– city dwellers, especially those in suburban communities and consumers.
It will require producing healthy food using agroecology and know-how handed down from our ancestors and steeped in popular traditions.
We must show that land in community hands is better for society and Mother Earth than land which is at the mercy of capital.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 03:54
(June 13th, 2016) On June 10th, La Via Campesina, together with members of the Political Coordination Committee, held a public event in Derio to mark the beginning of the process leading to the 7th International Conference, which will be held in the Basque country in July 2017. The International Conferences take place every four years. They constitute La Via Campesina’s highest collective decision-making body and its most important space for debate and discussion and for developing a mobilisation agenda for the peasant and farmer movement.