- Published on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 14:23
Peasant Assembly of the Coordination of Latin American Rural Organizations and La VíaCampesina in Central America (CLOC-LVC-CA)
The member organizations of CLOC-Via Campesina Central America, from Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, are together in assembly in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, this August 31st and September 1st, 2014. After carrying out consideration and analysis of the grave situation in the Central American countryside and the peasant movement in the region, we reach out to the Central American public, the governments of the region and the international community with the following conclusions:
1. The effect of climate change and the lack of preventive measures by the neoliberal governments in the last 20 years have combined to aggravate the food and climate crises in the entire Central American region, to such a degree that today we face a near-total loss of the first harvest of the year due to a severe drought. More than three million peasant families currently face insolvency and a complete inability to attempt a second harvest—without seeds, credit, or water. The immediate effects of this crisis are malnutrition, accelerated migration, and massive increases of school dropouts, as well as food hoarding and speculation by the private sector. Meanwhile,the main responseby government has been to increase the imports of basic grains—leading to historic profits by importers and the destruction of national farm economies—as well as the rushed approval of new seed laws that fling open the doors to genetically engineered crops, gravely threatening our native seeds. The absence of public sector strategies for building food sovereignty means, in effect, that Central American governments have abandoned the possibility of supporting peasant production, public credit, technical assistance and farm diversification. In the case of coffee, the coffee rust epidemic has arrived in the context of governments that abandon small farmers to their fate, thus multiplying their suffering and leading to greater unemployment and malnutrition among rural workers.
- Published on Thursday, 28 August 2014 15:15
In Lima change the system, not the climate!
Lima, Peru – December 9 – 12, 2014
Social movements and organizations, trade unions, peasants, indigenous peoples’ communities, women and environmentalist organizations, gathered in Lima, Peru, on the 12h and 13th of August, invited by the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA), to support the organization of the Peoples’ Summit that will take place in parallel to the COP 20 of the UNFCCC, from 9 to 12 December 2014. We commit to work together and mobilize ourselves in this process. In this sense, we emphasize the call to participate in the demonstration organized by the Peoples’ Summit on December 10 in Lima.
The climate crisis that affects the planet is a consequence of the capitalist system, its extractive model of production and consumption. This is a model that destroys nature, privileges the interests of transnational corporations, and tramples the rights of peoples.
The climate crisis shows the exhaustion of this system. Confronted with its structural crisis, capital now seeks new ways out that allow its continuity, in order to produce greater concentration of wealth and power, guaranteeing profits for corporations and ruling classes.
- Published on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 19:54
Marracuene, 25 August 2014 - Mozambique’s International Trade Fair (FACIM) started this Monday and will go on for the whole week. It has attracted many local companies and international companies and corporations too, to explore opportunities for new investments and businesses in the country. Besides the overwhelming presence of large-scale economic interests seeking new business opportunities, there are also peasant organisations at FACIM. UNAC (Mozambique’s Peasants’ National Union) and other peasant organisations have ‘stands’ placed at the CEPAGRI pavilion (Centro de Promoção da Agricultura), together with the Ministry of Agriculture and other several groups promoting national agricultural products and livestock, organic crops, as well as agricultural equipment and technology.
- Published on Thursday, 21 August 2014 21:48
The recent decision of the Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) to allow field trials of GM rice, mustard, cotton, chickpea and brinjal has been met with strong opposition from farmers’ groups and environmental activists.
Seeking the intervention of Union Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javdekar, the Bhartiya Kisan Union has asked for “annulment” of the approvals.
Questioning the need for release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the fields, the BKU leaders said they were concerned over the nation’s seed and food sovereignty.