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!
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!
People's Manual: Guidelines on Governance of Land, Fisheries and Forests
- Published on Friday, 24 June 2016 13:52
The Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security are a new international instrument that can be used by peasant, fishing and pastoralist organisations, indigenous peoples, the landless, women and youth, and civil society as a whole, to assert their rights.
This People’s Manual is a pedagogical and didactic guide, which aims to make it easier to understand the Guidelines and to provide a practical approach to people on how to use them in their struggles. It highlights the parts that offer answers to their needs and provides advice on mechanisms, strategies and actions that can be adopted to generate dialogue and to defend human rights and social justice in the processes, institutions and activities of governance of natural resources.
La Via Campesina | Annual Report 2015 | English Version
- Published on Monday, 20 June 2016 14:52
Summary: Peasant agriculture is faced with a constant offensive by transnational companies that are grabbing land and resources, imposing a mode of production based on chemical inputs and industrial seeds, and making profit out of globalized and de-localised food production chains. Millions of small farmers, women and men are left landless, with no support from their governments, and forced to move away from their communities to find a job in order to survive.
La Via Campesina | e-Newsletter | May, 2016
- Published on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 14:52
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, May 2016 edition, is now available. This edition of the newsletter carries news from the peasant rights consultation processes, progress on the negotiations in CSM on connecting small holders to markets, actions and mobilisations in our #MarchAgainstMonsanto and more. May edition of the e-newsletter also carries links to the recently launched 2015 Annual Report of La Via Campesina. Here is the link to the newsletter. Hope you enjoy reading it and please do share it widely. Globalise the struggle! Globalise hope!