Via Campesina at COP 22: false solutions to the climate crisis may constitute crimes against humanity
- Published on Monday, 07 November 2016 17:22
From November 7th to November 18th, 2016, the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will take place in Marrakech, Morocco. It is there that the 196 signatories to the Paris Agreement will decide upon steps to implement the Agreement that they adopted in December 2015. Peasants and small-scale farmers from Via Campesina will be in Marrakech for the duration of the Conference; they will draw attention to the disastrous effects that application of the Agreement could have, both on peasant agriculture and on the climate.
Approximately 40 people, from Morocco and all over the world, the majority of which are youth, will make up the Via Campesina delegation in Marrakech. The international peasant movement has decided to hold a training course on climate justice for its membership, with a focus on young people, from November 8th to November 12th. Some close allies from NGOs and social movements have also been invited to participate. It will serve as a great opportunity for Via Campesina to strengthen its links with small-scale farmers organizations from North African and Middle Eastern countries and to better understand the reality of peasant agriculture in that region. This decision is a clear way of stating that forward-looking solutions to the climate crisis are in the hands of young peasants and small-scale food providers whose farming practices reflect their interest in agroecology and peasant agriculture.
The European Commission clarifies the intention of the legislator around the patent issue on plants and animals
- Published on Friday, 04 November 2016 10:06
Brussels, November 4th, 2016
The European Coordination Via Campesina welcomes the opposition of the European Commission to patents on plants and animals obtained by essentially biological processes of selection. In a notice published on November 3rd "on certain articles of Directive 98/44/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 6 July 1998 on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions", the Commission concluded in fact that the recent decisions of the European Patent Office (EPO) to grant such brevets are contrary to the intention of the European legislator.
- Published on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 13:43
European Coordination Via Campesina & Friends of the Earth Europe
A selection of the best photos from the week are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nyelenieurope/albums/72157674492450151
Cluj-Napoca, October 31st – The fight back against industrial agriculture and for a just and sustainable future for farming and peasant farmers took a leap forward this week as the largest-ever European Forum on food sovereignty concluded. 
After five days of discussions, the groundwork has been laid to take back n, relocalise our food systems and multiply food sovereignty platforms across the continent by the participants from more than 40 countries who gathered at the second Nyéléni Forum on Food Sovereignty. A huge diversity of people involved in the food system were present, including farmers, food and agricultural workers, trade unionists, researchers, activists, fisherfolk, pastoralists, indigenous peoples, consumers, and human rights defenders.
- Published on Tuesday, 01 November 2016 08:28
Rome, 2-5 November 2016
Representatives of various excluded populations – including slum-dwellers, farm workers, displaced and refugees, unemployed and precarious workers – have been are invited by Pope Francis for a World Meeting of Popular Movements (EMMP) in the Vatican, the third to be held, from 2 to 5 November 2016. About 170 delegates will be participating from some 65 countries around the world. The meeting takes place at Pontificio Coll. Internazionale Maria Mater Ecclesiae, Via Pietro de Francisci (Via Aurelia).