- Published on Tuesday, 01 October 2013 17:30
One of the biggest emerging battles over the future of food sovereignty is the corporatization of investment. Read the new edition of the newsletter and discover where, how and for who's benefit investments in agriculture are made. Read testimonies from Europe, Latin America and Africa. In 2014 a negotiation will take place in the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), to define the “CFS principles” on investment in agriculture. In the run-up to these negotiations a consultation is taking place in which all actors can participate. Discover how.
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- Published on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 20:46
Press release of La Via Campesina
(Oman, 24 September 2013). This week, from 24 to 28 September, witnesses the opening in Oman of the Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, also known as the seed treaty. The treaty was ratified to facilitate access for all to seed diversity. However, the hopes raised on the occasion of its adoption in 2001 have been dashed and have led only to failure.
Actually the treaty has allowed the seed industry to draw freely and without charge from the huge wealth of seeds accumulated through centuries of selection by peasants and to lock up this wealth in private collections. At the same time, public collections that are accessible to all are disappearing one after the other, and the fundamental right of peasants and small-scale farmers to access, use, exchange and sell their own seeds is being criminalized. If men and women farmers and peasants can no longer save and select their own seeds, their systems of production will lose their capacity to adapt to climate change. It is not only biodiversity but the food security of the entire planet that is at risk.
- Published on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 15:58
Side event organized during the seed treaty meeting in Muscat, Oman
- Published on Monday, 23 September 2013 19:17
Media release of La Via Campesina ∕ Grain ∕ ETC
(Harare, 23 September 2013) La Vía Campesina, GRAIN and ETC welcome a new UNCTAD report which states that farming in rich and poor nations alike should shift from monoculture towards greater varieties of crops, reduced use of fertilizers and other inputs, greater support for small-scale farmers, and more locally focused production and consumption of food. More than 60 international experts contributed to the report, launched last week.
UNCTAD's 2013 Trade and Environment Report ("Wake up before it is too late: make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate") states that monoculture and industrial farming methods are not providing sufficient affordable food where it is needed, while causing mounting and unsustainable environmental damage.