- 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.
- Published on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:29
VIth MST Congress - 10 to 14 of February, 2014
(Brazilia, February 12, 2014) The ministry esplanade was covered in red yesterday afternoon. Around 16 thousand Landless Workers participating in the 6th MST (Landless Workers’ Movement) National Congress made the 9km journey from the Nílson Nelson gymnasium to the Three Power Plaza and back.
The main aim of the peaceful protest was to denounce the standstill situation of Agrarian Reform. “Agrarian Reform in Brazil is a disgrace. Last year, only seven thousand families were settled. Meanwhile there are more than 90 thousand families living in MST encampments. In total, there are 150 thousand families living in encampments in Brazil, many of whom have been there for over ten years.
- Published on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 22:26
This past Tuesday (11/02), João Pedro Stédile, of the National Coordination of the MST, and Guilherme Delgado, P.h.D in Economics (Unicamp), helped discuss the theme in more depth.
“We did not make a classical Agrarian Reform, and that is not what I am going to talk about" said João Pedro Stédile, referring to the model of agrarian reform that was carried out since the 19th century in some capitalist countries, such as Germany and in the United States. These agrarian reform processes were under the political direction of the industrial bourgeoisie which needed to enlarge the consumer market and to establish supplies of primary materials for industry.