- Published on Wednesday, 27 February 2008 00:36
In a peaceful manner, and with slogans like "The Land is our Wealth," "Let's value our agricultural production," "Supporting production: this is how to defend Land," "Farmers united, we will always prevail," "For the correct implementation of the Land Law," the march started at the headquarters of the Manhiça District union to the District Administration. Twenty minutes after the march started, a police barrier formed of approximately 10 uniformed police armed with pistols and rifles interrupted the march claiming that it was not authorized.
- Published on Sunday, 24 February 2008 14:19
From February the 22nd to the 24th 2008, about one hundred women farmers from 16 countries from all over the world took part to the seminar organized by ÖBV-Via Campesina Austria on Food and Power (« Macht Essen », litteraly « Power Eat »).
In Austria, where farms are relatively small, women are very often responsible of the farm while the men work outside. It is the case in Johanna's farm that we visited on Friday. Johanna has about thirty dairy cows, as well as some pigs and hens, mainly for her own family consumption. She also has a small garden for vegetables. Her farm is organic, like 38% of all farms in the region, which makes it a very special place in Europe.
- Published on Friday, 22 February 2008 21:34
Via Campesina Intervention to CBD SSTTA 13, 19th February 2008, Rome
Via Campesina, the global movement of small-scale farmers in five continents, ROPPA, which represents the farmers and pastoralists of West Africa, and various civil society organisations here present are waiting for the CBD to indicate through which process it will recognise the rights of farmers, livestock keepers, fisherfolk, indigenous people and civil society NGOs to participate in decision making on the future of agricultural biodiversity.
- Published on Monday, 18 February 2008 17:30
Sustainable family farming can feed the world: Via Campesina's response to the Global Food Prices Crisis
Via Campesina Press Conference
Rome, 14 February 2008
From right to left:
Henry Saragih, Int'l Exec Sec, Via Campesina, Indonesia
Ibrahima Coulibaly, CNOP, Mali
Paul Nicholson, UGAV, Pais Vasco
To avoid a major food crisis, governments and public institutions have to adopt specific policies aimed at protecting the production of the most important energy in the world: food !
"Global markets will not feed the world… They are generating hunger at a time when there is no crisis of production" said Paul Nicholson. It is, he added, because of the deregulation of markets and the transformation of food into a 'speculative financial commodity' that we see shortages and price increases of food for consumers.