- Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:55
Bagnolet, France, 11 March 2016
From the 14th to the 16th March of this year, the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) will hold its General Assembly and celebrate, in the same occasion, its 30 years articulating the struggle of the European peasant movement.
Hosted by our member, the Confédération Paysanne, in Bagnolet, at the outskirts of Paris, close to 80 peasant representatives from across Europe along with their close allies will gather to discuss the current challenges faced by European small scale and family farmers, share their achievements, and -of course- celebrate.
- Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 14:04
The new edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter is now online!
From our oceans and seashores, crossing our lands and reaching deep into the minerals of our earth, there is a dangerous threat dominating our current political and economic relations around the world: the so-called private corporate capture of policy-making public spaces.
For decades, civil society and social movements have been struggling to democratically strengthen these spaces in order to achieve the so needed peoples’ food sovereignty. But this process is under a severe threat these days...
- Published on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 13:32
Bagnolet, (France), 15 March 2016
Faced with a crisis in the dairy sector that in the last year has eradicated thousands of dairy farmers, pushed others to the brink of bankruptcy and mobilized thousands across Europe, it was reasonable to expect solutions from EU Agriculture Ministers yesterday. However, this did not happen. The measures taken by the Council not only will not solve the problem of over-production, surplus and prices below production costs but can further aggravate the current situation.
Not limiting production in a collective and mandatory manner, on top of new aids at the national level, may further encourage overproduction and create unfair competition between countries. This decision does not take into account the highly diverse and mismatched reality of the EU, where some industries and food distributors are determining where and who produces. Voluntary regulation entrusted on producer and Interbranch organisations do not address a situation that was provoked by the EU’s erratic policies of eliminating market regulating instruments, such as milk quotas, and intervention prices in line with production costs.
- Published on Wednesday, 09 March 2016 18:37
(Burkina Faso, March 2016) Currently, a Caravan is travelling through West Africa, linking struggles for land, water and peasant seeds. The initiative is led by various IPC members and other social movements, with support from other CSOs.
The caravan started with activities in several West African countries and is now moving from Burkina Faso via Mali to Senegal. This is a big event, organized by our West African comrades, linking mobilization, capacity building and advocacy to advance the struggles for the human rights to food, land, water and peasant seeds. The caravan will arrive in Dakar, Senegal on 17 March and close with a ceremony with the current president of the West African economic community ECOWAS.