- Published on Thursday, 28 July 2016 17:12
Be a Palestinian farmer for a week this October
Since the 1st of October 2016, Israeli forces remarkably escalated the use of force against Palestinian farmers using their internationally proscribed weapons against the unarmed people. According to the Union of Agricultural Work Committee's 2016 semi-annual violations fact sheet, the Israeli army and settlers uprooted 1000 olive trees, which considered a universal symbol of life and peace in attempts to uproot the Palestinian people from their own lands. Other statistics of the first six months of 2016 include: land confiscation reached 2776 dunum, Palestinian-owned structures demolished in the West Bank reached 784 structures, and people displacement reached 516 people.
Olive trees carry more than an economic significance in the lives of Palestinians; they are symbolic of Palestinians’ linked to their land. Thus, despite the continuous Israeli uprooting and damaging of Palestinian olive trees, Palestinians insist to cling to their lands and replant more and more olive trees and strengthen their roots in the ground.
- Published on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 13:36
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and the Green Brigade have urged the Union government to announce minimum support price for arecanut, coconut, copra and rubber.
Briefing mediapersons here on Monday, KRRS General Secretary Badagalapura Nagendra said the sudden slump in the price of arecanut, coconut, copra and rubber has left the farmers in dire straits. The government should come to the rescue of the farmers by procuring them at the support price, he demanded.
The KRRS and the Green Brigade have sought a minimum support price of Rs 35,000 per quintal for arecanut, Rs 25,000 per quintal for coconut, Rs 15,000 per quintal for copra and Rs 16,000 per quintal for rubber.
- Published on Friday, 22 July 2016 17:10
Nairobi, 22 July 2015:
Today the UNCTAD 14th session ends in Nairobi, Kenya, and the discussions about its agenda over the next four years are finalised. The session started on the 17th and sought action to move towards an inclusive and equitable global economic environment for trade and development. This meeting was attended by the government ministries responsible for trade, development and commerce and many other delegates from the business and civil society organisations.
- Published on Wednesday, 20 July 2016 07:53
Nairobi, 20 July 2015
La Via Campesina joins other social movements in Nairobi to mobilise around the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 14th Session. The session started in Nairobi, Kenya, from 17 to 22 July 2016 under theme: From decision to action: Moving towards an inclusive and equitable global economic environment for trade and development.
As UNCTAD set the parameters for its work over the next four years, we call upon the governments to consider that this agenda should not widen further the opening of developing countries markets for corporate gains. It should be about what millions of peasants, family farmers and women and youth want: access to reliable and remunerative markets for their produce and policies that promote local food procurement which benefits the local farmers and create employment. Food sovereignty should be the guiding principle to realise a development agenda that is based on justice, fairness and equity to address persistent and emerging economic challenges.