- Published on Tuesday, 28 March 2017 12:04
27 March: On Monday, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), a member of La Via Campesina and led by its President Rakesh Tikait joined farmers from South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, who have been protesting in Jantar Mantar, New Delhi since last two weeks.
The farmers from Tamil Nadu, led by P Ayyakanu of South Indian River Interlinking Farmers’ Association had grabbed wide spread attention after they brought along with them what they allege are skulls of farmers who committed suicide due to farm distress.
- Published on Thursday, 23 March 2017 20:12
Peasants Rights, Human Rights! Advance toward UN Declaration on Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas!
Harare, 23 March 2017: The international farmers’ movement La Via Campesina calls all its members and allies to mobilise on April 17, the International Day of Peasant's struggles.
This year, we want the world to know that peasants and other people working in rural areas have been working very hard for their rights. The rights of peasants initiative, which La Via Campesina started 17 years ago, now is in advanced process within the United Nations towards a Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas. This declaration, if approved, will create an international legal instrument to protect the rights of and draw attention to the threats and discrimination suffered by peasants and other people working in rural areas.
- Published on Thursday, 23 March 2017 14:40
RCEP is a proposed trade and investment treaty currently being negotiated between 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific region including India that together cover half the world's population. Launched in November 2012, the 17th round of offical talks took place in Kobe, Japan (26 February to 3 March 2017). The 18th round of RCEP’s trade negotiations committee will be hosted by the Government of India in July 2017. But the key question is what positions should India be taking?
- Published on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 18:50
Farmers in Japan have a serious concern that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will damage small family farming and undermine the foundation of steadily feeding rising population in Asia. Under the liberalization policies promoted by national governments, the WTO, and various FTAs, small farmers already face hardship due to the influx of low-priced agricultural imports. Additional blow of liberalization by the RCEP will certainly accelerate the plight of farmers more unbearable.