- Published on Thursday, 13 June 2013 08:48
La Via Campesina Press release
(Jakarta, June 12, 2013) ) La Via Campesina, the global movement of mass based peasant organizations, will soon come to the end of its 6th global conference that is being held from the 9-13 June at the Padepokan Pencak Silat Indonesia, Taman Mini in Jakarta, Indonesia. The movement has made crucial decisions regarding it future strategies, new members, new coordinators and other important internal issues.
LVC leaders revealed that the international operative secretariat that has stayed in Asia for the past 8 years, will now move to Zimbabwe in Africa. “We will pass on the torch to Africa this year. Africa is a very important continent because the transnationals have their eyes on it. They are grabbing land there and want to impose the green revolution model with GMOs. We in Asia already know that the green revolution has failed here. We extend solidarity and unite with the African peasant movements to stop this recolonization and choose a development path that will actually benefit the African people and peasants,” said Henry Saragih, global coordinator of LVC and head of the SPI.
- Published on Thursday, 13 June 2013 08:37
International Operative Secretariat of La Via Campesina will be hosted by ZIMSOFF in Zimbabwe
(Yakarta, June 12, 2013) Following the decision of the Vth Conference of La Via Campesina in Maputo in 2008 to move the International Operational Secretariat (IOS) to Africa in 2013, a process was started to identify a suitable location. After consultations in the two African regions, the African members of La Via Campesina made a joint proposal to have the IOS hosted by ZIMSOFF in Zimbabwe. This proposal was received, discussed and accepted by the International Coordinating Committee. Here at the VI International Conference of La Via Campesina in Jakarta the proposal was received and confirmed. The formal transition will take place at the end of 2013 and in the coming six months the necessary facilities will be set up under ZIMSOFF to ensure a smoothe transition.
ZIMSOFF is a national organization of small scale farmers with the goal to improve the livelihoods of small scale farmers, empower them to defend their rights and promote agro-ecological, peasant based agriculture. ZIMSOFF has 19000 families that are member, organized according to the 4 main regions.
- Published on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 23:08
News from La Via Campesina
(Jakarta, June 9, 2013) After three intense days of women's and youth assemblies, this afternoon we joined in the celebrations of the opening ceremony to welcome La Via Campesina's Sixth Conference to Jakarta.
About 3000 peasants, women and men from around the world, met today to celebrate the opening ceremony of La Via Campesina's VI International Conference. It was a typically hot afternoon when participants arrived in Jakarta's Padepokan Pencak Silat, in a stadium renamed the 'Peasant Victory Stadium' for the event.
Young people of La Via Campesina Close their Assembly with a Commitment to Ensure the Future of Sustainable Peasant Agriculture.
- Published on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 00:35
News from La Via Campesina
(Jakarta, June 9, 2013) "We, the Youth, are the seeds, we are the future of the peasant movement”. These were the closing words of the La Via Campesina's Third Youth Assembly, which has brought people together from more than 70 countries on five continents. The discussions dealt with wide-reaching concerns, such as food sovereignty and peasants' rights, but also focussed on specific issues such as health or migration. The slogan proclaimed during the meeting was "For food sovereignty! La Via Campesina youth in struggle!"