Sustainable Peasant's Agriculture
- Published on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:14
A delegation of peasants, representing La Via Campesina, took part in the CSM Forum, the Civil Society Mechanism for relations to the UN Committee on World Food Security, in Rome this October. The opening statement made by Elizabeth Mpfou, general coordinator of La Via Campesina, at the CFS Plenary was widely reported and can be read here. Nettie Wiebe's passionate speech about the role of women in defenging land and natural resources can be read here. Eberto Diaz spoke at the plenary and stressed upon the responsible governance of tenure and the voluntary guidelines. His speech in Spanish can be read here. Papis Bakary, from Senegal spoke about the destructive effects of industrial farming and a full text of his speech in French can be accessed here.
- Published on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 01:04
Elizabeth 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
"To be uncounted is to be discounted", Nettie Wiebe shares experiences of women’s struggle for land and resources
- Published on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:47
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;
- Published on Thursday, 13 October 2016 10:53
Brussels: 13 October 2016
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.
- Published on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 13:21
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has hosted on it's Family Farming Knowledge Platform profiles of successful agroecology, carried out by members of La Via Campesina(LVC). This joint effort comes as part of the collaboration between FAO and LVC to promote agroecology. Featured below is the profile of Amritabhoomi in Karnataka, that promotes Zero Budget Natural Farming.
Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) is a set of farming methods, and also a grassroots peasant movement, which has spread to various states in India. It has attained wide success in southern India, especially the southern Indian state of Karnataka where it first evolved. The movement in Karnataka state was born out of collaboration between Mr Subhash Palekar, who put together the ZBNF practices, and the state farmers association Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), a member of La Via Campesina (LVC).
- Published on Monday, 29 August 2016 12:25
Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has hosted on it's Family Farming Knowledge Platform profiles of successful agroecology, carried out by members of La Via Campesina(LVC). This joint effort comes as part of the collaboration between FAO and LVC to promote agroecology. Featured below is the profile of Shashe Agroecology school in Zimbabwe, run and managed by peasant families of ZIMSOFF, an LVC member.
The experience of the Shashe community in Masvingo Province, Zimbabwe, is a microcosm of the broader vision of La Via Campesina (LVC). Shashe is a community of peasant farmers who gained their land first through a land occupation, and were then benefitted by the Fast Track Land Reform Program implemented by the Government of Zimbabwe in 2000. The land that they now farm was formally the landholdings of absentee cattle ranchers, and today this land produces far more food than ever before, food produced largely through ecological farming practices.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 August 2016 13:15
Amrita Bhoomi, La Via Campesina's agroecology school in Karnataka (India), is collaborating with farmer-trainers of Baduku Community college to provide an intensive workshop on agroecology to the youth in the region.
The fifteen-day course, spread over a period of three months includes theoretical and pratical sessions.
The course, which began with an introspective and self-reflective session allowed the participants to analyse their own contexts and histories, enabling them to look deep within themselves.