- Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2008 03:52
The Via Campesina action was just after the message from the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, to the delegates of the Convention. The banners read "No Agro-Diversity? Without Farmers" and "No Food For Fuels".
Members of Via Campesina were applauded by delegates when they chanted "nature for people, not for business". After a few minutes the banners were removed by security and the people holding them were escorted out of the Maritim Hotel, and their accreditation to the COP was cancelled.
- Published on Wednesday, 28 May 2008 03:16
On 22nd of May in Bonn, the biggest destroyers of agricultural biodiversity planned to celebrate all together the day on « Agriculture and Biodiversity ». Bayer, Syngenta, Chiquita, Croplife, Dupont, the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP), Limagrain, Monsanto, Pioneer and the International Fertilizer Industry Association had organized a side-event to the Conference of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Farm leaders from Via campesina and several German and Dutch activists disrupted the event, renamed “International Profitdiversity Day”.
- Published on Friday, 23 May 2008 12:30
Real World Radio interviewed Gentil Couto, from the Rural Landless Peasant Movement of Brazil, and coordinator of La Via Campesina in Parana state. He is taking part in Planet Diversity, the name given by La Via Campesina to the activities parallel to the 9th Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 9)
Couto said one of the main threats to biological diversity is the concentration of land in the hands of agribusiness corporations. He said “with the advance of agrofuel production comes the advance on the lands of traditional communities”. In that case, the advance of corn, soy and sugar cane monoculture, is not only detrimental for the communities, but also for food production.
- Published on Friday, 23 May 2008 10:45
Civil Society statement on the World Food Emergency
National governments that will meet at the FAO Food Crisis Summit in Rome must begin by accepting their responsibility for today’s food emergency.
At the World Food Summit in 1996, when there were an estimated 830 million hungry people, governments pledged to halve the number by 2015. Many now predict that the number will instead increase by 50% to 1.2 billion, further threatened by unpredictable climate chaos and the additional pressures of agrofuel production.