- Published on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 15:47
International Call of La Vía Campesina
(Harare, March 4, 2014) We, the women and men farmers and peasants belonging to the Via Campesina, are calling for this April 17th to be a global day of action and mobilisation in defence of the struggles of farmers and peasants, and, in particular, in defence of peasants' and farmers' seeds.
Seeds have a fundamental place in the struggle for food sovereignty. With every growing cycle, the crops that feed the world's peoples - how they are grown and by whom they are grown - depend on seeds. Seeds also transmit the vision, the knowledge, the practices and the culture of farming and peasant communities.
- Published on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 23:07
(Rome, February 21, 2014) We, delegates to the 5th Farmers’ Forum, the representatives of small-scale producer organizations, speaking on behalf of millions of small-scale farmers, artisanal fishers, pastoralists, livestock breeders, and indigenous communities, hereby communicate our opinions and proposals to IFAD and its governing bodies.
IFAD was founded in 1977 to work on behalf of the rural poor. With the creation of the Farmers’ Forum in 2005, it began to work in collaboration with the rural poor. At that time, it was way ahead of the rest of the UN system in opening up to systematic dialogue with organizations representing the intended beneficiaries of its action. Since then, the partnership between IFAD and small-scale producers’ organizations (POs) has brought significant benefits to both sides. IFAD’s image, its working methods and the effectiveness of its programs have profited from its association with our organizations. On our side, we have had some opportunities to bring our concerns to the governing bodies and the staff of IFAD, as well as to gain access to funding for our capacity building programs.
- Published on Monday, 24 February 2014 22:23
(The Hague, 24 January 2014) A fundamentally contested concept, food sovereignty has — as a political project and campaign, an alternative, a social movement, and an analytical framework — barged into global agrarian discourse over the last two decades. Since then, it has inspired and mobilized diverse publics: workers, scholars and public intellectuals, farmers and peasant movements, NGOs and human rights activists in the North and global South.
Last January 24, various representatives of La Via Campesina took part in a colloquium organized in The Hague to discuss the concept of Food sovereignty. Elisabeth Mopfu, as general coordinator of La Via Campesina was invited to give a speech at this Yale Conference on Food Sovereignty attended by many academics, researchers and specialists, from universities around the world.
You can read the speech of Elisabeth Mopfu here.
IFAD’S Investments should strengthen family, peasant and indigenous farming as well as public policies for Food Sovereignty
- Published on Wednesday, 19 February 2014 19:11
Press Release – La Via Campesina
(Rome, 18 February 2014) A large delegation of peasants and farmers from the international farmers' movement La Via Campesina has met in Rome at the fifth global meeting of the Farmers' Forum, that was jointly arranged by organizations representing farmers and small-scale fishers and by the IFAD (International Fund for Agricultural Development). We, members of the delegation, call on the governments that are financing IFAD with public money to give a better direction to IFAD's programs and projects so as to support the peasant and agro-ecological agriculture that constitutes an answer to the food and climate crises. Every day on our family farms, it is we who are the major investors in our agricultural production. We feed the vast majority of the world's population, and yet 80% of hunger still occurs in rural areas. For these reasons, we ask for a substantial increase in public investment in this area and the implementation of policies that facilitate increased investment by peasants and family farmers themselves.
By participating in the Farmers' Forum, La Via Campesina also aims at obtaining from IFAD the effective implementation of the decisions taken by all of the governments of the world at the 40th session of the CFS (Committee on World Food Security), including the decision to develop, together with peasants' and farmers' organisations, at the national level, a vision and a strategy for investment in the farming sector.