- Published on Thursday, 16 March 2006 07:00
Paddy is the main food crop grown in Sri Lanka. The history, economy and culture of the country have largely been built on paddy / rice farming and it is still the livelihood of nearly half the population. It has been the main source of food security. History of rice farming and the ancient ecological agriculture and irrigation systems have been built on a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience that enabled people to have food sovereignty. Food at low cost with conservation of the “regenerative capacity of natural resources” had enabled the people to have less poverty, hunger, malnutrition for many centuries.
- Published on Wednesday, 15 March 2006 07:00
On Tuesday morning (March 14), around 1000 small farmers and peasants from La Via Campesina movement occupied a field in Santa Teresa do Oeste (PR) – Brazil where the transnational seed corporation Syngenta Seeds is growing experimental seeds. The peasants denounced the illegal activity of experimenting with transgenic seeds in the area, an activity that has already been confirmed by the National Institute for the Environment and for Renewable Natural Resources (IBAMA), located in the “absorbing” zone of Iguaçu National Park.
According to Article 11 of Law 10.814/2003 (which establishes rules for the planting and trade of genetically modified soy in the harvest of 2004), the practice constitutes an environmental crime, because “the planting of transgenic soy seeds is forbidden in the area of conservation and in the respective absorbing zones”.
- Published on Saturday, 11 March 2006 07:00
Porto Alegre, March 10, 2006
La Via Campesina women in Porto Alegre mobilized against the neoliberal and monocultural model of agriculture. We demand our governments that they take concrete initiatives through the FAO to implement a genuine and integrated agrarian reform.
- Published on Friday, 10 March 2006 07:00
Agrarian reform is one of the most crucial issues regarding the fate of rural areas and peoples. What agrarian reform means has been at the center of debate at the FAO International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development in Porto Alegre, Brazil, from 7 to 10 March 2006.