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UAWC honors a group of farmers on the occasion of the international Farmers Day

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-28-UAWC_Farmers_.jpg(Ramallah-July 2016) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees with its agricultural committees honored 16 farmers from the governorates of Hebron, Bethlehem, Nablus and Tubas, Qalqiliya, Tulkarem, Jericho and the Jordan Valley, and Jenin, on the occasion of the International Farmer Day, to express their appreciation of their efforts and their steadfastness on their lands in the face of the Israeli constant violations.

The UAWC's chief of board of directors, Ali Hassouna, stressed that honored farmers formed steadfast models since they are living in most conflict-affected areas, in addition to their permanent volunteering activities as members of the agricultural committees.

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UNCTAD 14: Elites speaking in the name of peasants and the global poor won't solve anything!

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-22_UNCTAD_Group.jpgStatement from La Via Campesina and Kenyan Social Movements

Nairobi, 22 July 2015: 

Today the UNCTAD 14th session ends in Nairobi, Kenya, and the discussions about its agenda over the next four years are finalised. The session started on the 17th and sought action to move towards an inclusive and equitable global economic environment for trade and development. This meeting was attended by the government ministries responsible for trade, development and commerce and many other delegates from the business and civil society organisations. 

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Cloc-Via Campesina Honduras statement on assassination of Lesbia Yaneth Urquía

2016-07-18-Lesbia.jpgStatement from the Cloc-Via Campesina Honduras in response to the assassination of Lesbia Yaneth Urquía, member of COPINH

(Tegucigalpa, June 7th, 2016) It is with great sadness that the Cloc-Via Campesina Honduras informs the national and international community of the assassination of our sister and comrade Lesbia Yaneth Urquía of the municipality of Marcala, La Paz, who was 49 years old, a member of COPINH, and the mother of two daughters and a son.

The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH) has published the following statement:

Lesbia Yaneth was an outstanding community leader whose ties to COPINH date from the time of the protests against the 2009 coup d’état. She was active in the defence of natural resources and indigenous rights, in opposition to the construction of the hydro-electric dam Aurora I in the municipality of San José, La Paz – a project to which Gladys Aurora López, the president of the National Party (Partido Nacional) and vice-president of the National Congress, is directly linked.

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War crimes in Syria must stop – stop bombing citizens, food crops and vegetable markets!

From the 15th Garden

The war in Syria has become one of the biggest wars in recent history. More people than ever since World War II have been displaced. The number of people killed to date is estimated to be around half a million; those displaced around 12 million, those facing starvation in what have been named as  “hunger sieges” are around 1 million (53 cities and communities, 50 of these by the Syrian regime), and at least 100 000 prisoners have disappeared in the regime’s prisons. *1

Actions that constitute war crimes are conducted on a daily basis: hospitals, schools, and live-sustaining places like bakeries or vegetable markets have been deliberately and casually targeted by air forces in Syria now. These targeted bombings are systematic campaigns against civilians: sometimes more than three hospitals have been bombed within one day, often with the use of so called “double taps”, bombing the place, waiting for the rescue responders and then bombing it a second time, often killing those who came for the rescue mission. *2

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Markets don't regulate, markets speculate

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Brussels, 14 July 2016

In light of the upcoming European Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting this July 18 in Brussels, the European Coordination Via Campesina, which represents thousands of family farmers in Europe, urges the Council to introduce mandatory measures to reduce milk production in order to protect dairy farmers throughout Europe.

The recent meetings in Brussels between actors of the dairy sector leave no doubt about the current situation. The sector is caught in a series of crises and the view that only the control of production will solve the problem is now unanimous. The non regulated market, subject to speculation, is wiping out producers; it is therefore necessary to act on the market. The support offered by the CAP - or the funds released in parallel to support producers, as has been proposed by representatives of some Member States- are not and will never be sufficient.

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ZIMSOFF co-organises a dialogue on the state of land, seeds and food with allies

2016-07-11-UPMS-Media advisory.jpgPopular University of Social Movements gathers in Harare: social movements and academics to dialogue on the state of land, seeds and food in SADC

MEDIA ADVISORY

(Harare, July 11, 2016) – Over the past 15 years, Zimbabwe's fast track land reform programme has redressed colonial land inequalities and now provides lessons for its neighbours on how to democratise land ownership and broaden economic participation. From July 12-15, various social movements and academics from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Ghana, Spain and Portugal will gather in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare to discuss and debate the state of land, seeds, food, climate and people in Southern Africa. The event is being held under the banner/auspices of Portugal's Popular University of Social Movements, known by its Portuguese acronym, UPMS.

Social movements have powerfully influenced Zimbabwe's land reform, and movements' role in pressuring governments for land reform is today more important than ever. The Southern African region's food deficit has risen in the past five years due to limited agricultural support by the state and climate linked weather vagaries. Land investments and changes to seed laws and the growing impacts of climate change are also shaping regional food security.

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Agroecology Learning Exchanges in Uganda

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-08_Uganda_Training.jpgFive members representing La Via Campesina, attended the Agroecology Learning Exchanges in Uganda, held between 10-13 May 2016. This meeting was organized by the Agroecology Fund and Alliance for Food Sovereignty (ASFA) in Africa in Masaka, Uganda and was hosted by St Jude Family projects. 

In a series of interactions and presentations to facilitate an understanding of the different efforts by various groups to scale up agroecology, representatives of LVC spoke about the emphasis given to setting up of Agroecology schools; details about the Mali Agroecology Forum to articulate what agroecology is and what it is not; details of actions resisting industrial agriculture; efforts to defend agroecology from co-optation; details about research and publication of successful cases within LVC and many instances of successful collaboration with allies such as ETC and Grain.

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