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.
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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!
La Via Campesina | e-Newsletter | July 2016
- Published on Thursday, 11 August 2016 13:11
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, July 2016 edition, is now available. This edition of the newsletter carries news about the World Social Forum being held at Montreal between 9-14 August, a demand for justice for Brother Baek who was critically hurt during a peasant protest in South Korea, updates from UNCTAD 14th session and more. Here is the link to the newsletter. Hope you enjoy reading it and please do share it widely. Globalise the struggle! Globalise hope!
Small Scale Food Producers Launch first ever Joint Vision for Agroecology
- Published on Monday, 18 July 2016 18:04
In a new report launched today, small scale food producers present their first ever common vision on agroecology for Food Sovereignty to Governments assembled at the Committee on World Food Security. Representing the producers of 70% of the world’s food, they call for an immediate transformation of food system towards agroecology.
“Agroecology practised by small scale producers generates local knowledge, promotes social justice, nurtures identity and culture and strengthens the economic viability of rural areas,” states the Report of the International Forum for Agroecology at the Nyeleni Center, Mali. “Agroecology is political; it requires us to challenge and transform structures of power in society. We need to put the control of seeds, biodiversity, land and territories, waters, knowledge, culture and the commons in the hands of the peoples who feed the world.”
The common vision was developed at the historic Forum through dialogue among food producers such as peasants, artisanal fisherfolk, the landless, rural workers, indigenous peoples, hunters and gatherers, pastoralists and nomadic peoples, urban communities and consumers. They warn against the corporate co-optation of agroecology through initiatives such as Climate Smart Agriculture. These attempt to redefine agroecology as a narrow set of technologies without challenging the industrial food system, or its existing structures of power.
Small scale food producers demand that policy makers respect and reinforce their agroecological processes rather than support forces that destroy them. These producers represented in the International Planning Committee for Food Sovereignty will continue to promote this common vision, including at the CFS and FAO regional seminars on agroecology in November 2015. This report is a start of an evolving dialogue by social movements to build a better world based on respect, social justice and solidarity. They call on all civil society organisations to strengthen the movement for agroecology and endorse the Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology! Download Report
La Via Campesina | e-Newsletter | June, 2016
- Published on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 13:46
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, June 2016 edition, is now available. This edition of the newsletter carries news from Derio, where members and leaders of La Via Campesina held a public event announcing the VIIth conference, to be held in Basque in 2017.
This edition also covers several mobilisations by farmers' organisation that took place across various regions, apart from carrying two important publications that were released last month. Here is the link to the newsletter. Hope you enjoy reading it and please do share it widely. Globalise the struggle! Globalise hope!