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Cattle producers affected by TB quarantine can't wait – they need relief now

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(Red Deer, AB – November 29, 2016) – The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges federal Agriculture Minister, Lawrence MacAulay, and his provincial counterparts, Hon. Oneil Carlier (Alberta) and Hon. Lyle Stewart (Saskatchewan), to provide immediate relief to cattle farmers affected by the expanding quarantine measures required in response to the discovery of Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) infection of six Alberta animals. Farm families are suffering undue stress and financial hardship.

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NFU expresses solidarity with Indigenous land protectors at Standing Rock

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(Saskatoon, SK, November 30, 2016) – The 47th Annual National Convention of the National Farmers Union (NFU) resolved to denounce the repression of peaceful protesters, including Indigenous land protectors, and expressed its support for the rights of people to engage in acts of civil disobedience in defence of the preservation of water, air, land and wildlife for future generations.

"With this statement, the NFU joins the many thousands of grassroots groups, unions, and Indigenous communities around the world in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they defend the land and water on their traditional territories," said Katie Ward, NFU Women's Vice President. "As family farmers, we are also people of the land who, like the Indigenous water protectors in North Dakota, want our children and their children after them to be able to cultivate healthy soils, drink clean water and live in a just society."

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UPOV must respect farmers’ rights

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_riztinekescaled.jpg(November 30, 2016) Many years of advocacy on the part of the Via Campesina and its NGO allies have resulted in a first public encounter between the ITPGRFA and UPOV concerning the rights of farmers to save, use, exchange, and sell their farm seeds and to participate in decision-making. This meeting took place in Geneva on October 28th in the presence of observers from the Via Campesina and speakers from allied NGOs.

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“Big Dairy Farms are big evil”, Jyoti Fernandes at FAO symposium on agroecology

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-11-29_Jyoti_FAO_Symposium.JPGA delegation representing La Via Campesina spoke at the FAO led symposium on Agroecology, held in Budapest from the 24-25th of November. The symposium was hosted by the Government of Hungary with support from the Government of France. 

Jyoti Ferndandes, a dairy farmer and representing European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) and Nyeleni Europe, was one of the speakers from the delegation. 

She spoke extensively on why agribusiness is an outdated idea and how agroecology is evolving. “Agroecology is innovating every day and it develops in a way that we have control over our resources. Building on that knowledge, it is bringing in a new model of agriculture where everyone has a right to access healthy and affordable food.”, she said.

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Via Campesina at the Global Dialogue on the International Year of Pulses

25-11-2016 Nov 2.jpegElizabeth Mpfou, general coordinator of La Via Campesina and a small holder farmer who also leads the Zimbabwe Small Holder Farmers' Forum (ZIMSOFF), made a presentation at the Global Dialogue held in Rome as part of the International Year of Pulses (IYP) on the 23rd of November 2016. She is also the IYP Special Ambassador for Africa region. 

A full copy of her presentation can be accessed here. 

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Over 1500 police personnel unleash brutal attack on peasants in Mekar Jaya village, Indonesia

2016-11-22 zulkifli - a farmer who was injured in the protest.jpgLangkat Nusantara Kepong, a malaysian plantation company, assisted by local police officials, unleashes brutal attack on peasants in Mekar Jaya Village in Indonesia to appropriate nearly 554 hecatres of land!

Over 1500 police personnel launched a despicable attack on peasant members of SPI (Indonesian Peasants' Union), in Langkat District of North Sumatra Province of Indonesia and exterminated hundreds of acres of peasant land, so as to favour a foreign plantation companies. Several protesting peasants were severly injured in this brutal attack that took place on the 18th of November in Mekar Jaya village.

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La Via Campesina says 'Not one less': No more violence against women!

2016-11-17 Nov 25 Card 1.jpg(Harare, 17 November 2016) On the 25th November, the International Day of Struggle against violence against women;  The Via Campesina will reaffirm its commitment to the struggles for equal rights and human dignity.

We as women carry enormous responsibilities in this world, and feed entire nations using agroecological practices, without our economic, social, legal and political rights being recognised, and without public programmes to guarantee equal social and economic participation.For this reason we are making a global call to our organisations, allies and friends to join forces to support actions, mobilisations and activities to denounce the different types of violence faced by women and to criticise the capitalist patriarchal model and the encroachment of agribusiness in our territories.

On this day of struggle we join the voices of millions of women who came together in Latin America on 19th October to shout  “Not one less, we want us alive”  to denounce the alarming growth in femicide[1] and male-chauvinist and misogynist violence against women. Femicide stems from the structural inequality between women and men, and the domination of men over women; gender violence is a mechanism for these factors to reproduce oppression and discrimination against women.

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