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!
Land Reform and food sovereignty
- Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 17:36
Capital is appropriating our territories. Hence, we must respond by turning the struggle for land into a struggle for territory.
This will require forging unions between –on one side– peasant farmers, day laborers, indigenous peoples, nomad shepherds, artisan fishermen, forest peoples and other rural communities, and –on another– city dwellers, especially those in suburban communities and consumers.
It will require producing healthy food using agroecology and know-how handed down from our ancestors and steeped in popular traditions.
We must show that land in community hands is better for society and Mother Earth than land which is at the mercy of capital.
Report: Farm Succession in Romania | Eco Ruralis
- Published on Wednesday, 25 May 2016 17:12
There is a growing crisis facing farms and peasants who work the land around the world. The problem is that peasant farmers are aging and the future of their farms is in jeopardy. It is causing serious concerns about the current state of farm succession.
Globally, the average age of farmers is 60 years,with only slight variations across continents and countries.In Africa the average farmer's age is also 60 despite the fact that 60% of the rest of the population is under twenty-four. In the United States 84% of farmers are over 45 years old, while in Taiwan a massive 92% are over 45 years old. Europe is no exception, with only 7% of farmers under the age of 35, and half of all farmers poised to retire within 10 years.
It is first important to define 'peasants' and to understand how the term differs from the European Union's understanding of 'family farmers.' The EU's definition of 'family farmers' is based on a few factors: the amount of work performed by the family itself, the amount of land, and whether the family owns most of the operation.
La Via Campesina e-newsletter, April 2016 edition
- Published on Thursday, 05 May 2016 18:40
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, April 2016 edition, is now available.This edition of the newsletter carries highlights of peasant actions around the world, which were held to commemorate the International Day of Peasants' Struggle on 17th April. It also carries a series of interviews of peasant leaders and allies taken during the International Conference on Agrarian Reforms held at Maraba, Brazil. We are also excited to present a music video produced in the run up to the 7th Conference of La Via Campesina, to be held in Basque country in July 2017. 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, March 2016 edition
- Published on Friday, 08 April 2016 15:15
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, March 2016 edition, is now available. As we organise and mobilise for April 17th, the International Day of Peasants’ Struggle, we highlight the worsening human rights abuses and criminalisation of social protest. The Honduras case is one among the many such worsening situations where Berta Cáceres was killed and other activist leaders face jail sentences and intimidation daily. The migrant crisis in Europe too is deplorable. The newsletter highlights other news from the member organisations and regions. We share also the new edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter on Corporate governance of food systems. Watch interesting videos on Yirca Resistance in Turkey and other on Agroecology. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!
La Via Campesina e-newsletter, February 2016 edition
- Published on Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:47
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, February 2016 edition, is now available. This newsletter highlights some of the actions and campaigns organised on March 8, the International Women’s Day. Also highlighted are articles on women issues and presentations at various fora by women leaders in Via Campesina. Other articles capture the on-going campaigns to protect peasant seeds from corporate capture and the need for FAO to support peasant seeds. The milk crisis in Europe continues to worsen as the EU leadership fails to respond to the calls from its dairy farmers. Watch also a selection of interesting videos on women’s struggle, peasants’ rights declaration and Jyoti Fernandes’ keynote presentation at the second Voedsel Anders’ (Food Otherwise) conference in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Download the newsletter, read and share it! Globalize the Struggle! Globalize Hope!