- Published on Saturday, 24 December 2016 19:17
Brussels, December 21, 2016
The European Coordination Via Campesina expresses its solidarity with the family and comrades in struggle of Nilce de Souza Magalhães, better known as Nicinha, who disappeared on January 7th, 2016. Her body was found 6 months later on the bottom of the Mutum River in the north of Brazil, 400 meters from her home. After undergoing a very long DNA examination, it has only now been released.
- Published on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:03
This case study prepared by Ashelsha Khadse was part of a report What's at Steak, published by Global Forest Coalition at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Cancun, Mexico from 4-17 December 2017.
Despite India’s booming success in cooperative models of production, especially the dairy cooperative movement that turned it from a milk deficient country to the world’s highest milk producer, there is a growing push towards free trade, privatization and hyper competitiveness.
Such a race to the bottom is changing production models towards more resource-intensive, high-yielding styles of production, and the majority of our farmers—comprising mostly landless, marginal to small ones—are finding it increasingly hard to maintain and keep milch animals as they have traditionally done.
- Published on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 13:56
NEW DELHI: Farm leaders from Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and outer Delhi attended a meeting organized by Bharatiya Kisan Union (a member of La Via Campesina) at the Punjab Bhavan in New Delhi and laid forth their concerns about crumbling rural agriculture and their immediate demands to address this.
Ajmer Singh Lakhoval, State President of BKU (Punjab), blamed the ill-conceived policies of the government that has turned India into a dumping yard of cheap agricultural imports. As a result of cheap dumping, Indian small farmers are not receiving a fair price for their produce and are forced to sell at a fraction of their actual cost, he said. The pressure of debt is piling up on Indian farmers forcing them to commit suicide. The most recent decision to remove import duty on wheat is just another example of complete disregard for India’s small farmers, he added. He went onto say that this decision, taken at a time when farmers have more or less completed their sowing, is cruel and anti-people and will lead to distress sale during harvest.
- Published on Tuesday, 20 December 2016 20:19
19 December 2016
In her last regular column for Farming Matters, Elizabeth Mpofu makes a plea for governments to listen to pastoralists, particularly the women among them.
As a way of life that goes back thousand years, pastoralism has played a very important role in shaping societal relations and defining our diets, culture and religion. While always in motion, over the last 50 years pastoralism has evolved more rapidly, as ‘modern’ agriculture gained popularity as a way to meet industry’s insatiable demands for raw materials.