- Published on Monday, 30 November 2009 03:26
Via Campesina was present with an important delegation at the protest of Saturday 28 November against the World Trade Organization (WTO). The mobilization was strong with around 5000 people in the streets of Geneva. The objective of these people, as well as that of Via Campesina, was to demonstrate in a non-violent manner, but with a strong and radical message regarding the WTO.
- Published on Sunday, 29 November 2009 01:44
Last night, November 27th 2009, upon their arrival at the Geneva airport, three delegates of Via Campesina and of the coalition "Korean Progressive alliance" were denied entry onto Swiss territory.
Only two people of the Korean delegation, originally composed of five people (two women and three men: Mr Dosuk Kan president of the KPL (Korean Peasant League), Mrs Kangsil Lee and Mr Jejoon Ju (Korean Progressive alliance), Mrs Eunju Byun KWPA (Korean Women Peasant Alliance) and Mr Byungsu Kim (interpreter)) were able to join the rest of the Via Campesina delegation.
- Published on Monday, 23 November 2009 11:35
Title: Effects of Industrial Agriculture on global Warming and the potential od small-scale agroecological techniques to reverse those effects
Edition: The New World Agriculture and Ecology Group
Content: According to the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change agriculture is responsible for a significant portion of the increase of greenhouse gases. But not all agriculture has the same impact on global warming. In this report we review the literature on the contributions of agriculture to climate change and conclude that the industrial agricultural system is the main contributor to greenhouse gases, while sustainable smallholder agriculture can reduce greenhouse emissions. This conclusion supports La Via Campesina's call for food sovereignty and their arguments that smallholder sustainable agriculture can cool the planet.
A report to Via Campesina
by The New World Agriculture and Ecology Group
(November 20, 2009)
- Published on Friday, 20 November 2009 05:31
South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements (SICCFM)
Blockade of Mangalore Port on 23rd November, 2009 by the South Indian farmers and fish-workers against WTO and FTAs and their destructive imports
South Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements (SICCFM) has resolved to take a direct action against WTO and FTAs which facilitates cheap import of agriculture and marine produces. The import of Agricultural products includes edible oils, pulses, spices, sugar, areca nuts etc. Such cheap imports have depressed the prices of the Indian agriculture produces and impacted disastrously on the domestic production, the public health has also been compromised due to poor quality of imports, As a result of this, the country depends on imports for its 65% of the edible oil and for more than 50% of the pulses. Import of more than 177 highly subsidized varieties of different fishes will directly hit the lives of the fishermen of India.