Agrarian Reform and Water

"3% of the farms control 50% of the arable lands in the EU": Kaya Thomas at the FAO workshop on implementation of VGGT

2016-12-14 Kaya Thomas AbL.jpgAt the FAO Workshop on the Implementation of Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure (VGGT), held in Budapest Hungary, Kaya Thomas from Arbeitsgemeinschaft bäuerliche Landwirtschaft (AbL) /ECVC spoke at length about land fragmentation, collapsing rural infrastructure and contradictory land laws. Here is the full text of her speech that she delivered on behalf of CSOs and social movements.

Dear colleagues and friends, 

My name is Kaya Thomas. I finished my agricultural apprenticeship in the north of Germany and am currently studying law. I am a member of the AbL, which stands for “Working Group on Peasant Agriculture”, the German member of the European Coordination Via Campesina. I work on issues related to land distribution, access to seeds, and support for young farmers.

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Statement from the Popular University of Social Movements Workshop held at Harare

Land, seeds, food, water, people and the climate in SADC - 15 years after the agrarian reform in Zimbabwe

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-08-11_UPMS5.JPGHarare (Zimbabwe)

12 -14 July 2016 

Preamble

Over the past 15 years, Zimbabwe's fast track land reform programme redressed colonial land inequalities and now provides lessons for its neighbours on how to democratise land ownership and broaden economic participation. From July 12-14 2016, various social movements and academics from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Spain and Portugal gathered in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare to discuss and debate the state of land, seeds, food, climate and people in Southern Africa. The event was being held under the banner/auspices of the Popular University of Social Movements, known by its Portuguese and Spanish acronym, UPMS. 

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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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Interview with Wendy Cruz on the challenges for the advance of Agrarian Reform

27 April 2016: Struggles and proposals are the main element on the agenda of popular organizations of Honduras given the adverse situation experienced in the country. During the International Conference on Agrarian Reform, Real World Radio interviewed Wendy Cruz of La Via Campesina Honduras.

04-05-2016-wendyRealmundio.jpgAbout the possibilities and conditions for agrarian reform in the critical Honduran context, Wendy made reference to the Bill on Integral Agrarian Reform with Gender Equality submitted to Parliament by Rafael Alegría, MP of the Libertad y Refundación Party and member of La Via Campesina International, a tool against neoliberal policies installed in the country since the coup d´ Etat of 2009.

“For us, women, it is key to have a new agrarian reform law due to the crisis experienced in the country: currently, over 80% of peasant women (2 million) do not have access to land”, said the peasant leader.

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UAWC publication "Land Appeal" On the occasion of Land Day

UAWC logo 2014.jpeg(Ramallah, March 31, 2016) The Union of Agricultural Work Committees organized land day activities under the slogan "For the sake of the trust and the honor of our martyrs and detainees, end the catastrophic division." land Day is an annual day of commemoration for Palestinians of the events of that date in 1976. In response to the Israeli government's announcement of a plan to expropriate thousands of dunams of land for security and settlement purposes, a general strike and marches were organized in Arab towns from the Galilee to the Negev. In the ensuing confrontations with the Israeli army and police, six unarmed Arab citizens were killed, about one hundred were wounded, and hundreds of others arrested. A demonstration was launched from Al-Khader in Bethlahem Governorate, and the participants planted olive saplings in an area surrounded by three Israeli Settlements. We are reviving it to demonstrate our commitment to right and ownership of our land.

Download below the UAWC's publication "Land Appeal" which reveals the truth of the Palestinian truth

 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7MZGOTnu-sAaDAyejRrY0lBTTg/view?pref=2&pli=1

West African Caravan for Land, Water and peasant seeds

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-03-09-West_Africa_Caravan.jpg(Burkina Faso, March 2016) Currently, a Caravan is travelling through West Africa, linking struggles for land, water and peasant seeds. The initiative is led by various IPC members and other social movements, with support from other CSOs.

The caravan started with activities in several West African countries and is now moving from Burkina Faso via Mali to Senegal. This is a big event, organized by our West African comrades, linking mobilization, capacity building and advocacy to advance the struggles for the human rights to food, land, water and peasant seeds. The caravan will arrive in Dakar, Senegal on 17 March and close with a ceremony with the current president of the West African economic community ECOWAS.

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The Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure at a Crossroads

International Statement

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December 10, 2015

The Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (Tenure Guidelines, also referred to as VGGT), adopted by the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2012, are a major step towards a human rights based governance of natural resources. The Tenure Guidelines are situated in a context of decades of struggles for peoples’ access to and control over natural resources and territories. Since their adoption social movements, civil society organizations and communities have been using them in many ways to support their struggles to attain food and peoples’ sovereignty. More than three years after the adoption of the Tenure Guidelines land and natural resource grabs in all forms continue unabated around the world, visiting their devastating impacts on local communities, environments with related human rights violations. The implementation and application of the Tenure Guidelines, therefore, remains a matter of extreme urgency.

The Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests (Tenure Guidelines, also referred to as VGGT), adopted by the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in 2012, are a major step towards a human rights based governance of natural resources. The Tenure Guidelines are situated in a context of decades of struggles for peoples’ access to and control over natural resources and territories. Since their adoption social movements, civil society organizations and communities have been using them in many ways to support their struggles to attain food and peoples’ sovereignty.

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