1000s farmers stay put on Parliament Street in Delhi: Farmer Unions launch massive agitation against NDA’s anti-farmer policies
- Published on Thursday, 19 March 2015 16:27
(First Published by Farmer's World)
India, New Delhi, March 18th 2015: Major farmer unions of India affiliated with the All India Coordination Committee of Farmers Movement (AICCFM) have launched a massive agitation against NDA’s anti-farmer policies, and to seek a resolution to several burning issues pertaining to farm livelihoods, on March 18th 2015 through a Kisan Maha Panchayat in the heart of India’s capital. Thousands of farmers have resolved to stay put on Parliament Street in India's capital until the government engages them in a dialogue to resolve various burning issues. Anti-farmer measures through the Land Acquisition Ordinance, recent report of Shanta Kumar High Level Committee on restructuring FCI, the mindless push by the government of GM crops, lack of fair and remunerative prices for farm produce, demand for a farm income commission, removing agriculture from free trade agreements including WTO, adequate disaster relief for farmers etc., are issues on the agenda of these farm unions. The acute farm distress in India, marked by unabated farm suicides was flagged as a matter that needs urgent address. It is reported that during the NDA Government since May 2014, more than 7000 farmers have committed suicide. The government, instead of increasing Budget allocation to deal with the agrarian crisis, has drastically reduced agriculture budget drastically from around 31 thousand crore in 2014-15 to around 25 thousand crores in 2015-16. In fact, the budget outlays for Dept of Agriculture and Cooperation as well as for animal husbandry and fisheries are down to the levels of budgetary allocations five years ago!
To protest against various anti-farmer policies, and to secure some long pending demands that will guarantee minimum living incomes to all farm households, thousands of farmers from all over India have congregated at the Kisan Maha Panchayat on Parliament Street in the heart of the capital today (March 18th 2015).
- Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 19:57
(Japan, March 8, 2015) NOUMINREN women association, Japan, on International Women’s Day, organized various events around the country and in Tokyo a large central rally where the Nouminren Women Association is a part of organizers.
This year’s main theme of the central meeting is “Never allow Japan to become a country going to war and shed light on the Japanese Constitution.” It also focus on the issues of nuclear weapons, military bases and nuclear power. It emphasizes GENDER EQUALITY. In the meeting, a female economist will talk about an economics for happiness, an economics completely against Abenomics neoliberal agendas.
- Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 15:41
As the world lurches from crisis to crisis, the value of land, water, forests, minerals and other natural resources as sources of wealth creation continues to rise. For those with long-standing ties to land, water and territories, nature’s greatest wealth and value is life itself, and these crises simply confirm the necessity for humans to live symbiotically with nature. However for many, natural resources are things that can be parceled, packaged, changed, bought, sold and traded in markets far away from the original location of the resource.
In this edition of Nyéléni learn more how peoples across the world are fighting to secure and defend their rights to natural resources and the rights of nature. Click here to download the english edition or read it directly from www.nyeleni.org!
- Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 13:58
Women Peasants fight for food sovereignty, against violence and agribusiness
This 8th of March, International Women’s Day, we, the women of the European Coordination Via Campesina, the historical creators of life, guardians of traditional seeds, caretakers of food and landscape diversity, vessels for passing on knowledge, raise our voices to say:
- NO to patriarchy.
- NO to neoliberal policies.
- NO to agribusiness, responsible for exiling thousands of male and female peasants from our lands, to the industrialization of agriculture and climate change.
- NO to the so-called free trade agreements such as CETA or TTIP, with completely obscure and antidemocratic procedures, whose only goal is to obtain the maximum amount of profits for multinational corporations at the expense of citizens’ rights (right to food, health, social equity, labor rights, public policies, a natural environment…).
- NO to land-grabbing and taking over natural resources, no in Europe or anywhere else in the world.
- NO to working condition precariousness.
- NO to violence and oppression.