- Published on Monday, 07 July 2008 01:05
Hokkaido, Japan -- 6 July 2008
We – environmentalists, social movements, peasant farmers, workers and civil society organisations – in solidarity with 23 Korean farmers and trade unionists who were denied entry to Japan denounce the authorities’ unwillingness to allow their participation in civil society events taking place parallel to the G8 summit on 7th until 9th July. Among other issues, the unionists and farmers were to raise awareness about the millions of Koreans who have been mobilising against their markets being forced open to the imports of American beef despite concerns of mad cow disease and the negative consequences for local food production and consumption.
- Published on Friday, 04 July 2008 22:06
Respect the rights of farmers to struggle against the food and climate crises!
Currently more and more people are suffering from hunger due the high food prices on the world market. Meanwhile, global warming is causing more droughts, floods, and other disasters due to decades of unsustainable energy use and the growth of energy-intensive industrial agriculture. Both are caused by policies that value trade and business more than the environment and peoples' livelihoods.
The governments of the eight richest countries of the world and the large corporations who help design their policies have caused this crisis. Trade liberalisation of food products have made countries dependant on world markets. Meanwhile, industrial development, overconsumption and industrial agriculture have contributed to global warming. Unregulated speculation by investors and commodity trading companies are driving up food prices and leading to increased hunger and poverty.
- Published on Tuesday, 01 July 2008 07:00
The G8 has to clear up the crisis that they have created!
The representatives of the 8 richest countries of the world will meet on the 7th-9th of July 2008 in Hokkaido in Japan. These governments have imposed policies that are the root cause of the crisis in food and agriculture. This worldwide crisis started to emerged in the seventies and kept 852 million people in extreme poverty, people mainly living in rural areas. The recent food price crisis has brought the crisis to the cities where people cannot buy enough food. The climate crisis, caused by the extensive use of fossil energy in industrialized countries and the massive deforestation by TNCs, will hit especially the poor in the South.
The reaction of the WTO, World bank, as well as the G8 governments has been disastrous: they only push more of the same polices that are at the root of the current crisis: more liberalisation, more support for fertilizers and industrial seeds, a green revolution in Africa, more food aid, and a rapid expansion of agro-fuels. Mainly due to the attitude of the G8 countries, no advance at all was made at the High level Conference organized by FAO, and the TNCs were not prevented from pushing through their disastrous initiative on agro-fuels.
- Published on Tuesday, 01 July 2008 00:13
We, women peasants from Colombia, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Indonesia, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia and East Timor, gathered in Jakarta and discussed the women peasant situation in the world.
The difficult situation in the villages and being landless forces women to go to the city and elsewhere abroad to look for jobs as low pay workers. There is poverty in the villages and women do not have enough income to feed the family, so hunger and malnutrition are increasing both in urban and rural areas.