News from the regions

The Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) and The Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA) are winners of the 8th Annual Food Sovereignty Prize

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-09-06_FWAF.jpgFarmworker Association of Florida (FWAF), a member of La Via Campesina, is proud to be an honoree of the eighth annual Food Sovereignty Prize along with the amazing Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA)!

As honorees, FWAF & AFSA were selected for its success in promoting food sovereignty, agroecology and social justice to ensure that all people have access to fresh, nutritious food produced in harmony with the planet.

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Press Invitation: Nyéléni Europe

2016, August, the 2nd

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-08-22_Nyeleni_Europe.pngThe Nyéléni Europe movement for Food Sovereignty is honored to invite media representatives to come and cover the 2nd Nyéléni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty – the biggest ever convergence of Pan-European food sovereignty movements. 

Up to 1,000 people from 42 countries – small-scale farmers, fishers, pastoralists, consumers, urban gardeners, indigenous peoples, researchers, agricultural workers, environmentalists, human rights defenders and trade unionists – will converge from all over Europe for a series of workshops and discussions on how to take back control of the farming and food system. 

Dates: 26th – 30 October 2016 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 

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Thank you Nicolas; farmworker, friend and tireless fighter for humanity

b_350_0_16777215_00_.._es_images_Nicolas_ECVC_Final.jpgOn the occasion of the death of our dear friend Nicolas Duntze, the Coordinating Committee and Working Group on Migration and Rural Workers of ECVC would like to extend our deepest sympathies to both his family and the Paysanne Confederation of France.

Nicolás, a vineyard worker in Gard and former spokesperson for the French organization has been an active participant in the European and International branches of Vía Campesina. Throughout his life he demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the cause of small farm holders and workers. He actively fought against transgenic seeds and denounced the European agricultural policies that are destroying the farming community and the environment while they promote the concentration of landownership into fewer and fewer hands under the industrial agriculture model.

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More than 1,500 Landless kicking off Festival of Culture of Agrarian Reform

b_350_0_16777215_00_.._es_images_Festival_MST_Julio_1.jpgOn July 20, 2016, more than 1,500 Landless 19 states of Brazil kicked off the National Festival of Arts and Culture of Agrarian Reform, in the city of Belo Horizonte, in Minas Gerais. The political-cultural event, which took place in the Plaza da Station in Serraria Souza Pinto, in the center of the mining capital, featured a fair of agricultural produce, literature and food from all regions of Brazil. Films were screened and seminars on several topics also took place.  

Maria Raimunda César, from the Front of Education, Culture and Education of the Movement of Landless Workers, MST, said that the festival represents a historical accumulation of struggle and resistance of peasants across the country in the 32 years of foundation of the Movement.

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Karnataka, India: Support prices sought by KRRS to bail out farmers

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and the Green Brigade have urged the Union government to announce minimum support price for arecanut, coconut, copra and rubber. 

Briefing mediapersons here on Monday, KRRS General Secretary Badagalapura Nagendra said the sudden slump in the price of arecanut, coconut, copra and rubber has left the farmers in dire straits. The government should come to the rescue of the farmers by procuring them at the support price, he demanded.

The KRRS and the Green Brigade have sought a minimum support price of Rs 35,000 per quintal for arecanut, Rs 25,000 per quintal for coconut, Rs 15,000 per quintal for copra and Rs 16,000 per quintal for rubber. 

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18 Years of SPI: Celebrations across Indonesia

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-19_SPI_peasant.jpgIn July, Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) which is also known as the Indonesian Peasants' Union is celebrating 18 years of its struggle for genuine agrarian reform and social justice. 

"Starting from a base level to the international level. Starting from reclaiming hundreds of thousands of hectares of land, to fight for the rights of peasants into an international declaration on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, SPI has come a long way in 18 years. "said Henry Saragih in Medan, North Sumatera, Indonesia. 

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Women peasants in South Korea on a nationwide protest tour

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-18_KWPA_Protest.jpgPeasants from the Korean Women Peasant Association are taking out a nation-wide campaign, in the form of a protest tour, to seek justice for Farmer Baek Namgi who has been lying in a state of coma since November 2015, after being hit by police water cannons.

The peasants would also seek for the establishment of a department with experts who could help formulate policies for the women peasants and also seeking progressive amendments to the Women Farmers and Fisher Women legislation.

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