- 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.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 03:54
(June 13th, 2016) On June 10th, La Via Campesina, together with members of the Political Coordination Committee, held a public event in Derio to mark the beginning of the process leading to the 7th International Conference, which will be held in the Basque country in July 2017. The International Conferences take place every four years. They constitute La Via Campesina’s highest collective decision-making body and its most important space for debate and discussion and for developing a mobilisation agenda for the peasant and farmer movement.
- Published on Friday, 10 June 2016 11:27
Hundreds of peasant members of the Indonesian Peasants Union (SPI) Katingan, Central Kalimantan, took part in an action demanding immediate resolution of the land dispute at Transmigration Settlement Unit (UPT) of Bali Village, District Malan Island. The action is centered in the Office of Social, Manpower and Transmigration (Dinsosnakertrans) Katingan.
- Published on Thursday, 09 June 2016 17:45
At the CFS negotiations on Connecting Small Holders to Markets, being held in Rome on the 8th and 9th of June 2016, Ramona Duminicioiu, Angel Strappazon and Javier Sanchez were among the speakers who intervened through the two days. Below is the full text of Ramona and Angel's interventions.
Ramona Duminicioiu from Eco Ruralis/ECVC, Roumania intervened on the CFS Open-Ended Working Group on markets linked to local, national and/or regional food systems:
Globally more than 80% of smallholders operate in local and domestic food markets, with the majority trading through informal means. These highly diverse markets are the ones through which most of the food consumed in the world transits. They operate within territorial spaces that can range from local to transboundary to regional and may be located in rural, peri-urban or urban contexts.