- Published on Monday, 06 March 2017 15:50
Brussels, 3 March 2017
Peasant Movement joins demonstrations in Rome on 25 March: For healthy and quality food, decent work, and a just and sustainable agricultural policy in Europe
The European Coordination Vía Campesina along with allied groups and grassroots networks from throughout Europe will be mobilizing this 25 March in Rome– on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – for another Europe, for one that cares for its People, and for an agricultural policy that provides quality food, decent income and livelihoods for producers and workers and protects the environment.
- Published on Thursday, 02 March 2017 17:23
They also demanded that farmers arrested from the protest site be immediately released.
Kanpur, India: Since 21 November 2016, farmers in Lahurmau village of Kanpur, whose lands were acquired to build a Nyveli-owned thermal power plant, have been staging an indefinite strike by the banks of Yamuna river.
These farmers from neighbouring eight villages allege that the construction at the site have already begun even before they have received compensations for their lost land and livelihoods. Nearly 1850 farmers in these villages are directly affected by the power project.
- Published on Monday, 27 February 2017 20:06
For the women of La Via Campesina from all over the world, 8th of March is a day of struggle, resistance and denunciation of the capitalist system, transnational corporations (TNCs), patriarchy and masochism. These oppress, exploit and violate women. It's also a day of solidarity with women’s struggles.
As peasant women, we are fully committed to the struggle for food sovereignty as a solution for systemic change. This includes our struggle for access to land, water, health and seeds. We use agroecology as a political practice which envisions a world built on the principles of justice and equity.
In recent times, we have seen an increase in violence against women. Our struggles and resistances are being criminalised in a context of growing conservatisms, dismantling of public policies and violations of long-fought-for women’s rights.
- Published on Monday, 27 February 2017 14:10
In order to have a clearer understanding of the main factors behind how peasant movements scale up agroecology, LVC is carrying out self-studies directed at systematizing successful scaling-up experiences protagonized by peasant movements.
This paper, produced as part of the self-study process, specifically examines Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF), a grassroots peasant agroecology movement in Karnataka, India.
ZBNF ends reliance on purchased inputs and loans for farming, positioning itself as a solution to extreme indebtedness and suicides among Indian farmers. The ZBNF movement has achieved massive scale not only because of effective farming practices, but because of a social movement dynamic – motivating members through discourse, mobilizing resources from allies, self-organized pedagogical activities, charismatic and local leadership, and generating a spirit of volunteerism among its members.
Karnataka is a southwestern state in India. Nearly 56 percent of the workforce in Karnataka is engaged in agriculture and related activities. Agriculture in Karnataka is dependent on the monsoon, and drought has become frequent. The main crops grown in the state are rice, millet, maize, pulses, oilseeds, cashews, coconut, arecanut, cardamom, chilies, cotton, sugarcane, tobacco, coffee and silk.
ZBNF falls under a larger tradition of farming in India, called natural farming. There are teachers from other parts of India who promote similar principles but not at the same scale. Most have some combination of Gandhian principles, the Japanese natural farmer Fukuoka’s teachings of ‘do-nothing’ farming, and traditional farming methods. ZBNF first came to Karnataka when a senior farmer leader from Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) came across Palekar in the neighboring state of Maharashtra in 2002. He invited Palekar to Karnataka and organized a couple of workshops through KRRS. After an encouraging response from farmers, KRRS started to promote ZNBF through its organization, becoming the medium through which ZBNF first spread across the state, mirroring the experience of CaC in Central America and Cuba. The presence of such social networks, KRRS leaders argue, made Karnataka a receptive arena for the initial success of ZBNF.
Visit the Journal of Peasant Studies to access the full version of the paper.