- Published on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 20:29
Press Release: Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movement
(India, New Delhi, December 1, 2014) As negotiators from 16 nations met today in New Delhi for 5 day consultations on the Regional Cooperation Economic Partnership (RCEP), Farmers, Trade unions, retailers groups, and civil society organizations protested outside the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida.
Amidst a large police presence, protestors, raised slogans such as 'Protect Indian Agriculture: Say No to RCEP FTA', 'Stop Undemocratic RCEP FTA' , ' Protect Indian Dairy Sector', 'If FTAs benefits people why are texts kept secret' , ' No secrecy - We Want Transparency'. Later, a delegation submitted a memorandum (attached letter) to the Government officials negotiating the RCEP.
- Published on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 20:15
For the marketing and selling of local Palestinian cooperatives’ products
The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) launched Bas Baladi outlet store for the marketing and selling of local Palestinian cooperatives’ products, in the presence of The District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam, Ministry of Agriculture Representative Mr. Ibrahim Iktishat and a number of officials, partners, civil society representatives, women cooperatives and farmers. The activity is within SULALAH project. The Project is funded by the European Union (EU) as part of the Food Security Program in the occupied Palestinian territory. It is implemented by UAWC in partnership with Gruppo di Volontariato Civile (GVC), the Palestinian Hydrology Group for Water and Environmental Resources Development (PHG), Qatar Charity, LaoreSardegna, Jericho’s Cooperative Association for Livestock Production and Altamerh’s Cooperative Association for Livestock Development.
The District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Laila Ghannam and UAWC's General Director Khalid Hidmi pointed at the importance of supporting the productive cooperatives especially the women cooperatives and market them to support the local products and boycott the Israeli goods. The manager of SULALAH project Grace Odeh emphasized that the activity aims to open new markets for the Palestinian farmers' cooperatives that were objected to several production trainings in order to produce according to the Palestinians quality standards. Odeh also highlighted that UAWC has supported many agricultural and livestock cooperatives in marketing their products in local, regional and international markets in the past years.
- Published on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 19:32
(New Delhi, India, November 29, 2014) Concerned over alleged lack of transparency of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), farmers' organisations and trade unions today demanded an immediate halt to negotiations for Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) proposed to take place in December.
The organisations and unions have shot off a letter to Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asking the government to stop the negotiations and charged RCEP will jeopardize government's efforts to revive the manufacturing sector, deeply affect agriculture and production of and access to affordable medicines.
- Published on Wednesday, 03 December 2014 14:26
Submitted to the People's SAARC, Kathmandu, Nepal and UNFCCC meeting (COP 20), Lima, Peru
We men and women, small farmers, Adivasis, agricultural Labourers, workers, fishfolk, landless people, plantation workers, hawkers and youth Organized a caravan across Bangladesh, India and Nepal to bring people together for climate justice and peoples solutions to the climate crisis. Our 13 day South Asian Climate Justice, Gender and Food Sovereignty Caravan, was Organized by the Bangladesh Krishok Federation; Bangladesh Kishani Sabha, Friends of Bangladesh and All Nepal Peasant's Federation and included in Original Movements as well as the Bangladesh Adivasi Samity, Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation, EKOTTRO, National Hawkers 'Federation, Progressive Plantation Workers' Union, All Nepal Women's Association, MONLAR, La Via Campesina and Which are peoples Movements Struggling for dignity and the rights of rural and working people. We visited 12 towns and cities of Bangladesh, India and Nepal. We were joined by many in the same Struggle from our sister peasant Organisations of India; Sri Lanka; Nepal, Indonesia and the Philippines; as well as friends of our Struggles from the UK; US, Germany, Sweden and Australia. Our Caravan culminated in a three day 'People's SAARC' held in Kathmandu, Nepal Where Movements meat together to discuss alternative solutions to the climate crisis, and hold Demonstrations demanding climate justice. Together we are part of the overall people's resistance for climate justice.
In the towns and cities we held meetings, workshops and seminars on the key issues facing our Communities. Through it esta caravan That Became clear to us our problems are shared by our brother and sister farmers in South Asia and across the world. These are dominated by the planetary emergency created by the climate crisis. Our very existence is becoming precarious-through landlessness; land grabbing by elites; Local government corruption; gender inequality and discrimination (especially women's dual labor in the household and in the fields), and the imposition industry of market-based agricultural methods (including the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers) Which Have Increased our production costs and debts and forced Peasants from Their lands and livelihoods.