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Karnataka Women making inroads into the Farmers' Movement

2016-10-18-KRRS Women.jpgWomen members of Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangha (KRRS) are increasingly coming to the forefront of the farmers' movement in the State.

KRRS women are coming to the forefront of the farmer’s movement. "We don't want a 'women's wing', or a 'women's section' inside KRRS. Such so called 'wings' become nothing more than a group upon which women's issues are piled upon; ignored for all other decisions. We want equal participation in the state committee leadership, it is the only way. We already have many strong women leaders and thousands of women in the grassroots, it's time to make it official", paraphrased Chukki Nanjundaswamy from the proceedings of women's meeting in Bangalore on 15 October.

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CFS 43: Opening Statement by Elizabeth Mpfou

b_350_0_16777215_00_http___www.csm4cfs.org_wp-content_uploads_2016_10_IMG_1291-768x550.jpgElizabeth Mpfou, a small holder farmer and general coordinator of La Via Campesina, delivered the opening statement at the CFS 43 in Rome, on behalf of the Civil Society Mechanism for relations to the UN Committee on World Food Security.

CSM welcomes the attention being given at World Food Day to the links between climate change, agriculture and food security. To be sure, we, small scale food providers, farmers, pastoralists, fishers, indigenous peoples, food and agricultural workers, youth and women live in the places where climate change is felt most acutely, in the most fragile ecosystems, and under the most difficult working conditions. 

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"To be uncounted is to be discounted", Nettie Wiebe shares experiences of women’s struggle for land and resources delegation of peasants, representing La Via Campesina, is taking part in the CSM Forum, the Civil Society Mechanism for relations to the UN Committee on World Food Security, in Rome this October.

On 15th October, which was also the occassion of the International Day of Rural Women, representatives from global women’s movements and other civil society organizations shared experiences of women’s struggle for land and resources, and introduce into the General Recommendation on the Rights of Rural Women, adopted by CEDAW in March 2016. 

Nettie Weibe, representing National Farmers' Union (Canada) and La Via Campesina, spoke at the event. Here is the summary of her speech;

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Haiti - Neither hybrids, nor GMO’s, but farm saved seeds

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Interview with Jean-Baptise Chavannes, spokesperson of Mouvement Paysan de Papaye, Haïti (Farmer Papaya Movement), by Frédéric Guérin and Claire Chauvet, Inf’OGM administrators, about Haiti’s situation in general after the devastating hurricane Matthew, and about agriculture, farmers and international aid.

Inf’OGM – What is the farmers’ situation after cyclone Matthew ripped through Haiti ? The western media mention the risk of famine.

JBC - Before cyclone Matthew, the situation of peasants families was difficult because last years’ draught destroyed 80 % of the crops. The farmers were thus in a severe food insecurity even before cyclone Matthew. The NFSC (National Food Security Council), a state institution which usually underestimates the reality, said four million people were in a state of heavy food insecurity in July 2015. We do estimate that eight million people – the majority of which paradoxically lives in a rural area – suffered from hunger last year. The cyclone has thus worsened an already critical situation. 

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16th October: For Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations

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(Harare, October 13, 2016) On October 16th, La Via Campesina’s International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations (TNCs), we continue the struggle to end corporate control of our food and reject free trade agreements.

Through their extensive and clandestine lobbying, TNCs have put in place legal, economic and trade policy frameworks to legitimise their greed for profits and destruction of nature. For example, the Investment Court System (ICS) or State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and the Free Trade Agreements (such as in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership [TTIP], Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreements [CETA], North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA], Trans Pacific Partnership [TPP], Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership [RCEP]) are all biased in their favour to ensure full control of the world agricultural production and distribution. Patents and intellectual property regimes are their tools to achieve this. In this process, peasant seeds, the foundation of agriculture, are rendered illegal. Biodiversity is eroded and replaced by uniform crops.  Grabbing of land from peasants, particularly in developing countries, is carried out in the pretext of “feeding 9 billion people by 2050” through their advanced and destructive technologies.

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European plan for sheep meat: Recognize and defend the role and expertise of European sheep farmers

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A series of meetings to reflect on the sector of sheep meat, conducted at the request of Phil Hogan, was completed today.

For the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), present at this meeting, this is the perfect opportunity for the European Union to finally acknowledge the true value of the invaluable expertise of sheep farmers in our countries, whether in polyculture farming in lowland areas or in more difficult mountain or island areas. Sheep production plays a major socio-economic and environmental role in rural areas and in the development of those.

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La Via Campesina Europe in solidarity with Colombian farmers

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Brussels, 5th October 2016

The Peace Process continues: La Via Campesina Europe in solidarity with Colombian farmers

Veronique Léon, European farmer and former national secretary of the Confédération Paysanne in France, participated in the international solidarity mission to Colombia from the 19th to the 24th of September. Their aim was to support the movement of farmers who are demanding that the peace agreements, made with the national government following the mobilisation of the past years, are respected. This goal is not put into question by the victory of the “no” vote in this weekend’s referendum on the peace agreements signed by FARC-EP and the government of Juan Manuel Santos.

The central issue concerns the right to land, and to territory of the farmers of Colombia, an issue which is dealt with in the first part of the peace agreement which was signed by the Colombian government and FARC-EP. The mission observed the interference of and impact on multinationals, as well as the processes of restitution and reforestation.

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