- Published on Thursday, 13 June 2013 08:37
International Operative Secretariat of La Via Campesina will be hosted by ZIMSOFF in Zimbabwe
(Yakarta, June 12, 2013) Following the decision of the Vth Conference of La Via Campesina in Maputo in 2008 to move the International Operational Secretariat (IOS) to Africa in 2013, a process was started to identify a suitable location. After consultations in the two African regions, the African members of La Via Campesina made a joint proposal to have the IOS hosted by ZIMSOFF in Zimbabwe. This proposal was received, discussed and accepted by the International Coordinating Committee. Here at the VI International Conference of La Via Campesina in Jakarta the proposal was received and confirmed. The formal transition will take place at the end of 2013 and in the coming six months the necessary facilities will be set up under ZIMSOFF to ensure a smoothe transition.
ZIMSOFF is a national organization of small scale farmers with the goal to improve the livelihoods of small scale farmers, empower them to defend their rights and promote agro-ecological, peasant based agriculture. ZIMSOFF has 19000 families that are member, organized according to the 4 main regions.
- Published on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 23:08
News from La Via Campesina
(Jakarta, June 9, 2013) After three intense days of women's and youth assemblies, this afternoon we joined in the celebrations of the opening ceremony to welcome La Via Campesina's Sixth Conference to Jakarta.
About 3000 peasants, women and men from around the world, met today to celebrate the opening ceremony of La Via Campesina's VI International Conference. It was a typically hot afternoon when participants arrived in Jakarta's Padepokan Pencak Silat, in a stadium renamed the 'Peasant Victory Stadium' for the event.
Young people of La Via Campesina Close their Assembly with a Commitment to Ensure the Future of Sustainable Peasant Agriculture.
- Published on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 00:35
News from La Via Campesina
(Jakarta, June 9, 2013) "We, the Youth, are the seeds, we are the future of the peasant movement”. These were the closing words of the La Via Campesina's Third Youth Assembly, which has brought people together from more than 70 countries on five continents. The discussions dealt with wide-reaching concerns, such as food sovereignty and peasants' rights, but also focussed on specific issues such as health or migration. The slogan proclaimed during the meeting was "For food sovereignty! La Via Campesina youth in struggle!"
- Published on Monday, 10 June 2013 14:20
Opening of the 3rd International Assembly of La Via Campesina Youth
By Shifa Mwesigye*
Jakarta, 08th of June - The sound of Viva Peasants Youth, Long Live Via Campesina (LVC) Youth swept through the Agrarian Reform Room at the Padepokan Pencak Silat in Jakarta Indonesia. The Third Youth Assembly was off to a good start with a traditional Indonesian Dance to open the assembly. The mood of joy and togetherness shone on the faces of many youth and their mentors who were gathered for collective debates which will generate decisions that will give way to the creation of a common mobilization agenda for the youth in the peasant movement.