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Statement of Solidarity with Palestine activist who was prevented from traveling

b_350_0_16777215_00_.._fr_images_stories_womenrally_Articulacin_Mujeres_LVC_21.02.17.jpg15 February 2015 - San Salvador: The International Women’s Articulation of La Via Campesina, gathered in San Salvador, El Salvador, with the participation of women representatives from the Americas, Europe, Africa and North Africa, hereby issues the following statement following the unfair decision of the Israeli forces to prevent comrade Meriam Ismael from leaving Palestine, thus depriving her of her natural and legal right to travel freely to San Salvador, El Salvador, in order to participate in the International meeting of La Via Campesina's Women’s Articulation: 

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Peasants of the world unite in Schwaebisch Hall for a declaration on Peasants' Rights

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February 23, 2017

Peasants* feed the majority of the world‘s population. Still, they are increasingly repressed by governments, as well as by the food and agro industries. From 7th to 10th of March, over a hundred peasant and food producer representatives from all over the world will meet with politicians, human rights advocates and Global South activists to pave the way for stronger legal protection of their basic rights in the German town Schwaebisch Hall. Supported by 40 partners, the Global Peasants‘ Rights Congress is the result of intensive and joint work by organizations struggling for the rights of peasants: the “Foundation House of Farmers” (HdB), the “Farmers’ Cooperative Schwaebisch Hall” (BESH), the “European Coordination Via Campesina” (ECVC), the Working-group Peasantry Farming (AbL) and FIAN International (FIAN).

Peasants fulfill a most fundamental task: They feed the vast majority of the world‘s population. According to their ancient know-how about soil cultivation, breeding and harvesting, they cultivate their land in a sustainable manner that corresponds to the local conditions. In doing so, they preserve biodiversity, increase soil fertility and contribute to strengthening the region’s added-value.

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Rebellious solidarity: In support of Cédric Herrou

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(Brussels, February 10, 2017) In light of the sentence given this Friday morning by the Nice (France) Criminal Court regarding Cédric Herrou, the European Coordination Via Campesina wants to express its deep solidarity with the French farmer from Val Roja, on trial for having welcomed more than 300 undocumented migrants and providing them with humanitarian aid.

It is deeply unsettling that, considering the humanitarian emergency experienced at the borders of the European Union, State authorities are persecuting those that don’t remain indifferent to human suffering, who help fellow human beings overcome danger and live with dignity. EU and member state authorities must wake up and understand that markets and Capital come second to human welfare. Together with Cédric Herrou and with those who fight for solidarity and humanity we say:

STOP the criminalisation of migrants and migration!

STOP persecuting those who act to help humanity!


Photo credit: AFP Getty Images Valery Hache

"We want to come out stronger and have our rights respected"

Speaking with Inmaculada Ibáñez Vargas from Vía Campesina Europe, just months before the International Peasant Movement's Seventh Conference.

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Articulacin_Mujeres_LVC_21.02.17.jpg(21 February 2017)  As part of the preparatory process for Vía Campesina's International Conference, which will take place in July in the Basque Country, the women's articulation group from Vía Campesina held a meeting at the organisation ANTA in El Salvador. 

Andalusian Inmaculada Ibáñez, member of the women's articulation group and leader of the women's faction of the Coordinadora Agricultores Ganaderos (a major farmer organisation in Spain), spoke with Radio Mundo Real about the main topics that will be covered by the event. These will be angled from a peasant and popular feminism perspective.

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The International Treaty of Seed - FAO refuses to collaborate in biopiracy: INRA and CIRAD must do the same!

2017-02-10 Divseek.pngThe ITPGRFA (1) has decided to withdraw from its partnership with DivSeek, a consortium of agricultural research centers that organizes biopiracy at global level. This is the first victory of Via Campesina, which in 2014 denounced this planning of the flight of all the seeds of the world, before being supported in 2015 by many "southern" governments and NGOs.  

DivSeek was set up with money from the World Bank to carry out the genetic sequencing of all the seeds held in the genebanks of the various countries of the planet.

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UAWC condemns the killing of a Palestinian farmer, Suleiman Hammad

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The Union of Agricultural Work committees (UAWC) and its agricultural committees strongly condemn the murder of the Palestinian farmer, Suleiman Hammad, 85 years old, after an Israeli settler on Wednesday, 8th February, 2017 had run over him on the 60 bypass road near Al-Khader village, southern Bethlehem while he is going to his land.

The brutal killing of Suleiman Hammad is part of the Israeli systematic violation of the right to life which is one of the most basic human rights to all people. This killing came after just days of the Israeli approval of law to legalize West Bank settlement spots that is built unlawfully on Palestinian land classified as area "C" according to Oslo agreement which will lead to the theft of more Palestinian land.

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Food Sovereignty within a new Agricultural Policy

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2017-02-09-genevieve_intervention2-550x309.jpg(Brussels, February 7, 2017) Hosted by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left, the hearing “Food Sovereignty within a new Agricultural Policy” in the EU Parliament this morning in Brussels moved discussions regarding the coming reform of the CAP beyond the mere distribution of public subsidies and highlighted the importance of food sovereignty and another model of agriculture.

The European Coordination Via Campesina was there with Isabel Vilalba Seivane (Secretary General, SLG Sindicato Labrego Galego – Galician Farmers Union), Genevieve Savigny (Coordination Committee ECVC) and Mikel Hirribaren (Secretary General, Confédération Paysanne)

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