- Published on Friday, 09 December 2011 12:56
La Via Campesina mobilized in Durban during UN climate talks
Radio Mundo Real
International movement Via Campesina is demanding that agriculture be left out of the climate multilateral talks in Durban and for an ambitious agreement with legally binding emissions reduction targets for developed countries.
The peasants are calling a march on December 5 in Durban to promote peasant agriculture, agroecology and for food sovereignty.
“We are concerned that the Kyoto Protocol has not been useful, it is not being useful to reduce emissions” Alberto Gomez, a leader of La Via Campesina told Real World Radio.
“Industrialized countries should be legally bound to reduce their emissions and that should be part of another agreement. We need an agreement with clear targets, with at least 30% of emissions reduction (compared to 1990 levels)”, said the leader. “Without such a target the agreement is not good, a binding agreement with no commitments that will lead to a 2, 3 or 4° temperature increase is no good for Humanity”, he said about the Kyoto Protocol.
- Published on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 17:57
La Via Campesina CNOP press release
(Sélingué, Mali, 19 November 2011)– More than 250 farmers, from 30 countries, launched an international alliance against land grabbing on November 19 in Sélingué, Mali. This alliance will be led by peasants, in collaboration with a wide range of social movements and organizations. The announcement was made at the close of the international conference “Stop the land grab”, organized by the national confederation of peasant organizations (CNOP) in Mali, and by La Via Campesina, the international peasant movement.
Land grabbing is a worldwide phenomenon of unprecedented size and speed. In Mali, over the last few years, the government has leased more than 800 000 hectares of arable land to investors, on 30-year, renewable contracts. It is estimated that in the whole of Africa, more than 30 million hectares have been sold or rented. The figure is 60 to 80 million hectares for the whole world, but, given the secret, sometimes illegal, nature of the contracts, this figure is only the visible tip of the iceberg. These lands have already been transferred to national elites, multinationals and financial funds, who try to make a profit or speculate using industrial agriculture projects, mining, agrofuel production, carbon markets, tourism, large dams, etc.
- Published on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 16:48