Dairy and Poultry in India—Growing Corporate Concentration, Losing Game for Small Producers
- Published on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 15:03
This case study prepared by Ashelsha Khadse was part of a report What's at Steak, published by Global Forest Coalition at the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, held in Cancun, Mexico from 4-17 December 2017.
Despite India’s booming success in cooperative models of production, especially the dairy cooperative movement that turned it from a milk deficient country to the world’s highest milk producer, there is a growing push towards free trade, privatization and hyper competitiveness.
Such a race to the bottom is changing production models towards more resource-intensive, high-yielding styles of production, and the majority of our farmers—comprising mostly landless, marginal to small ones—are finding it increasingly hard to maintain and keep milch animals as they have traditionally done.
Agroecology at a crossroads
- Published on Wednesday, 14 December 2016 16:16
Agroecology has become a territory in dispute.
While mainstream institutions and corporations for years have marginalized and ridiculed agroecology, today they are trying to capture it. They want to take what is useful to them – the technical part – and use it to fine tune industrial agriculture, while conforming to the monoculture model and to the dominance of capital and corporations in structures of power.
Social movements, on the other hand, use agroecology to challenge existing power structures, to resist the multiple attacks on our Mother Earth, and as a tool for the social, economic, cultural, political and ecological transformation of communities and territories.
Their agroecology is merely technical, our agroecology is political.
Comic book: Together we can cool the planet!
- Published on Tuesday, 13 December 2016 16:54
La Vía Campesina, GRAIN
Based on the video Together we can cool the planet! co-produced by La Vía Campesina and GRAIN in 2015, we have created a comic book to support training activities of social movements and civil society organisations around climate change. This comic book looks at how the industrial food system impacts our climate and also explains what we can do to change course and start cooling the planet.
La Via Campesina and GRAIN have pointed out that the industrial food system is responsible for half of all greenhouse gas emissions. In the Americas, Asia, Europe and Africa, we have been denouncing the false solutions to climate change such as GMOs, the “green economy” and "climate-smart agriculture".
We say loud and clear: it is peasants and small farmers, along with consumers who choose agroecological products from local markets, who hold the solution to the climate crisis.
We must all rise to the challenge! Click here to download the comic book in pdf format.
Cooling the Planet | Frontline Communities lead the struggle
- Published on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 12:05
A new Hands on the Land publication highlights how communities of small scale food producers are increasingly confronted by the grabbing of natural resources and systematic violations of human rights.
Small-scale food producers and consumers, including peasants, indigenous peoples, hunters and gatherers, family farmers, rural workers, herders and pastoralists, fisherfolk and urban people – the frontline communities – are increasingly confronted by the grabbing of natural resources and systematic violations of human rights. Already pushed to the fringe, frontline communities additionally face the increasingly frequent natural disasters and impacts of climate destruction that are caused by the climate change – and the inability of governments to agree to real solutions.
La Via Campesina | e-Newsletter | October, 2016
- Published on Thursday, 10 November 2016 10:41
This edition of the newsletter carries news about the Nyeleni Forum in Eurpoe and the recently concluded negotiations in Geneva calling for a Binding Treaty to hold Transnational corporations accountable for human rights violations. The newsletter is also coming out at a time when the illegitimate government in Brazil is cracking down on social movements and have their police forces invade MST's schools. Condemnations and statements on that front are also part of this newsletter. The Monsanto Tribunal in Hague and news from our allies in Asia are also featured in this editionr. Here is the link to the newsletter. Hope you enjoy reading it and please do share it widely. Globalise the struggle! Globalise hope!
La Via Campesina | Organisational Brochure | Edition 2016
- Published on Friday, 28 October 2016 17:02
La Via Campesina is an international movement bringing together millions of peasants, small and medium size farmers, landless people, rural women and youth, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world.
Built on a strong sense of unity, solidarity between these groups, it defends peasant agriculture for food sovereignty as a way to promote social justice and dignity and strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture that destroys social relations and nature. Women play a crucial role in La Via Campesina.
The movement defends their rights and gender equality. It struggles against all forms of violence against women. Young farmers play also a very important role as an inspiring force in the movement. La Via Campesina comprises 164 local and national organisations in 73 countries from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Altogether it represents about 200 million farmers. It is an autonomous, pluralist, multicultural movement, political in its demand for social justice while being independent from any political party, economic or other type of affiliation.
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Connecting Smallholders to Markets
- Published on Tuesday, 25 October 2016 16:01
Title: Connecting Smallholders to Markets: An Analytical Guide
Summary: This publication is the fruit of two years of collective efforts by the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) working group coordinated by LVC together with ROPPA that has been specifically dedicated to following the discussions and negotiations on ‘Connecting Smallholders to Markets’ in the Committee on World Food Security (CFS). The working group includes over 50 participants from different regions and constituencies. This publication presents interesting case studies and public policy recommendations.
Edition: Civil Society Mechanism
La Via Campesina | e-Newsletter | September 2016
- Published on Friday, 14 October 2016 17:27
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, September 2016 edition, is now available. This edition of the newsletter carries news about the Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights in Bali on International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), the recent discussions in Geneva on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, and more other news from the regions. We share also the new edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter on smallholders’ markets. Here is the link to the newsletter. Hope you enjoy reading it and please do share it widely. Globalise the struggle! Globalise hope!
- Published on Tuesday, 04 October 2016 16:37
Bulk of the food consumed in the world is produced by smallholders and workers, and channeled through "territorial markets", which reflect the huge diversity of contexts that characterise small-scale food production and distribution.
Territorial markets are an important source of employment and critical in battling hunger and poverty.
These markets increasingly face threats from corporate led super/hyper-markets, procurement, storage, certification and food safety systems.
Corporations use neoliberal trade and investment agreements, and sophisticated marketing systems to control how food is produced, priced, distributed and consumed.
Protecting and strengthening the markets of smallholders are crucial aspects of food sovereignty and restoring societal control over the economy.
La Via Campesina | e-Newsletter | August 2016
- Published on Friday, 16 September 2016 13:36
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, August 2016 edition, is now available. This edition of the newsletter carries news about the World Social Forum held in Canada, the International Day of Struggle Against the WTO (September 10th), and more other news from the regions and the youth. We share also various videos taken during the World Social Forum. Here is the link to the newsletter. Hope you enjoy reading it and please do share it widely. Globalise the struggle! Globalise hope!