- Published on Friday, 13 June 2008 00:31
MADAGASCAR, 14th to 17th May 2008 - FINAL DECLARATION
"GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS"
From the 14th to the 17th of May, 40 delegates of peasants' organizations from different African countries gathered in Antananarivo to hold a regional meeting and discuss various issues related to the life of small farmers and their organizations in the region. These organizations share the vision of the international peasant movement, La Via Campesina. During the meeting we discussed the social and economic situation of the Region, building alliances with other movements and institutions in Africa, strategies to fight against the neo-liberal policies being imposed on the continent and the growth of peasants' organizations that are members of Via Campesina in Africa. We also welcomed new members to the movement in Africa, as well as working on our preparation for the 5th International Conference of Via Campesina, due to take place in October this year in Mozambique.
- Published on Thursday, 05 June 2008 19:36
Invitation TO Press Conference
“Empty policies will not will the plates”
June 5th, 11h
In FAO, Iran Room
On June 5th the FAO High Level Conference on World Food Security is going to present its final declaration with recommendations on how to ease the current world food crisis. Small farmers, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, pastoralists and Non-governmental Organisations have been holding their own Civil Society Forum “Terra Preta” on the Food Crisis, Climate Change, Agrofuels and Food Sovereignty.
At the press briefing, representatives of Terra Preta will give their critical assessment of the official High Level Conference and present their own views and demands on how to realize the right to food and food sovereignty in the world. The press conference will take place:
- Published on Wednesday, 04 June 2008 10:38
Civil Society Forum „Terra Preta“ reports on the Food Summit Negotiations - What is not being said in the official Summit
The High Level Conference on Food Security is looking for a political answer to the severe hunger crisis, which has been manifested in more than 40 food riots over the last three months. It seems however that the Summit will conclude by proposing the same recipes that are partly responsible for the crisis, such as more food aid, more liberalisation and more biotechnology. Important aspects like speculation are completely ignored, while on agrofuels, the draft declaration contains a very unspecific invitation for a “dialogue”. At the press briefing, civil society experts and small producers will provide a background to the important issues and insights on the current negotiations at the High Level Conference. The press briefing will take place:
In FAO, Room “Philippines”, Building B, 2nd Floor
On June 4th, between 12 and 13h
The following civil society representatives will be available:
- Published on Wednesday, 04 June 2008 04:40
"Stop corporate control over food!"
Rome, Italy - 3 June 2008
Videos on http://wsftv.net
Picture: Ben Powless
Farmer and civil society leaders carrying out a peaceful action today in Rome, Italy at the FAO Summit on the Food Crisis were forcefully removed from the premises. At around 1:30pm farmers and representatives of civil
society organisations staged an action at the press room to deliver a message that millions of additional people are joining the ranks of the hungry as the corporations that control the global food system are making record profits. The issues of corporate control and speculation, which are leading causes of recent spikes in food prices, are not being discussed by the government delegations and the international agencies meeting in Rome to debate
solutions to the crisis.