Sustainable Peasant's Agriculture

“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She spoke extensively on why agribusiness is an outdated idea and how agroecology is evolving.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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#CFS43: Summary of Interventions made by LVC delegation at CFS Plenary in Rome

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-10-25_CFS43.jpgA 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

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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

b_350_0_16777215_00_http___www.metronews.ca_content_dam_thestar_2014_08_13_nettiewiebe1.jpg.size.xxlarge.promo.jpgA 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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European plan for sheep meat: Recognize and defend the role and expertise of European sheep farmers

logo-eurovia.pngBrussels: 13 October 2016

Press release

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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Zero Budget Natural Farming in India

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.


 

b_350_0_16777215_00_https___4.bp.blogspot.com_-NFMfwfF0kNI_V6ShI_L5UlI_AAAAAAAADbY_VFaFtEA-SekjbPxjNOA_szzYb1PQWOhtwCLcB_s1600_13731971_1761771424102114_4610795967447809273_o.jpgZero 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).

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