- Published on Thursday, 26 March 2015 14:51
La Via Campesina's electronic newsletter, the March 2015 edition, is now available. It highlights the International Women’s Day (8th March) and the various actions organised on that day. The newsletter also captures different issues from the regions. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
- Published on Monday, 23 March 2015 14:10
The Movement of People Affected by Dams (MAB) calls and encourages all organizations, pastoral, networks, activists and social movement to join the mobilizations that will mark the International Day of Struggle Against Dams, in defense of the Rivers, Water and life, which will happen during the week of struggles of March 14th.
(Brazil, March 6, 2015) This date was defined in 1997 during the 1st International Encounter of People Affected by Dams in Brazil. Since then at this date the dam affected population in the world denounces the hydro-electrical power sector which has caused serious social economic, cultural and environmental consequences.
The hydro power energy has become a central element in regaining the capitalist appropriation and production. The whole production chain of electricity, from the construction of hydropower plants to the generation, transmission and distribution of energy has become a source of profits and intense conflict, which features a real robbery of our natural resources.
- Published on Friday, 20 March 2015 17:51
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Zimbabwe, Harare, 18 March 2015 – “Agroecology is political; it requires us to challenge and transform structures of power in society. We need to put the control of seeds, biodiversity, land and territories, waters, knowledge, culture and the commons in the hands of the peoples who feed the world,” according to the declaration of the International Forum of Agroecology.
More than 200 people took part in the forum, held in Nyéléni, Mali, from February 23 to 27, representing organizations of peasants, indigenous people, agricultural workers, artisanal fisherfolks, and nomadic pastoralists, as well as consumers and other urban people. They met to develop joint strategies to promote agroecology and defend it from corporate co-optation.
The declaration, available in English, Spanish and French, calls for an immediate transformation based on truly agroecological food production by peasants, artisanal fishers, urban farmers etc. “Agroecology was always essential to humanity, because it builds autonomy for the food producers and provides a strong base for food sovereignty,” says the document.
The participants warn that “agroecology is at a crossroads.” They note that “many multilateral institutions, governments, universities and research centers, some NGOs, corporations and others, [have] finally recognized agroecology. “But, they continue, "they have tried to redefine it as a narrow set of technologies, to offer some tools that appear to ease the sustainability crisis of industrial food production, while the existing structures of power remain unchallenged.”
They call this the “co-optation of agroecology to fine-tune the industrial food system, while paying lip service to the environmental discourse”, and note that this has various names, including “climate smart agriculture”, “sustainable-“ or “ecological-intensification”, industrial monoculture production of “organic” food, etc. For them, “these are not agroecology: we reject them, and we will fight to expose and block this insidious appropriation of agroecology.”
- Published on Thursday, 19 March 2015 22:47