- Published on Monday, 19 August 2013 18:47
Yesterday, during the morning of July 30th, 2,000 acres of Marina Kue were occupied again by a hundred farmers, demanding that the state give the land as part of land reform. They are located in the district of Yby Pytá, department of Canindeyú. This territory was protagonist of the Slaughter of Curuguaty, where 11 farmers and 6 policemen were killed in June 2012, and led a week later to an institutional coup against Fernando Lugo. In addition, they demand that charges be dropped and the peasants detained be release due to the clashes in Curuguaty.
There are about 200 police officers on site, including elite troops, under the direction of the zonal police chief, Atilio Ferreira, and representatives of the Paraguayan justice, but without any order or court document.
Food Sovereignty Prize Honors Grassroots Initiatives in Haiti, Brazil, Basque Country, Mali and India
- Published on Thursday, 15 August 2013 14:00
August 13, 2013
NEW YORK CITY—Five innovative grassroots groups from across the globe working for democratic access to land, seeds, water and food have been honored with the 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize, the US Food Sovereignty Alliance announced today.
Winners of the fifth annual Food Sovereignty Prize were chosen from among more than 40 inspiring projects creating on-the-ground solutions to hunger and poverty, said the alliance, a network of food justice, anti-hunger, labor, environmental, faith-based, and food producer advocacy organizations.
Top honors go to the Haitian Group of 4 (G4) and the South American Dessalines Brigade, an international peasant-to-peasant collaboration working to rebuild Haiti’s seed, soil and agricultural systems.
- Published on Thursday, 15 August 2013 13:28
Work by the Group of 4 (G4) union of Haitian peasant organisations, along with assistance from the Dessalines Brigade - South American peasant leaders and agroecology experts supported by La Via Campesina - has been singled out for promoting “good farming practices and advocat[ing] for peasant farmers” in Haiti.
The two network organisations, it was announced Tuesday, will be awarded the 2013 Food Sovereignty Prize, an annual award given to groups that promote a more democratic, community-based food system.
The G4 alliance represents over a quarter-million Haitians. Its relationship with the South American peasant leadership is intended “to rebuild Haiti’s environment, promote wealth and end poverty” in that country, which continues to feel the devastating effects of the major earthquake that struck the island in 2010.
Southern Africa: Peasant’s social movements and the rural women assembly at the SADC Peoples´ Summit - Heads of States are on the wrong direction!
- Published on Monday, 12 August 2013 21:34
Rural Women Assembly, Via Campesina and the Peoples’ Dialogue
Lilongwe, 12 August 2013 – Hundreds of people from social movements and grassroots organizations, including small-scale farmers, farm workers, rural women and social activists from the SADC countries, have joined a caravan towards Lilongwe, Malawi, to participate at the alternative SADC peoples’ summit, that will take place this week, from 16 to 17 August, 2013.
Social movements such as Via Campesina, the Rural Women Assembly and the Peoples’ Dialogue will converge at the same space for a people to people dialogue to build alternatives and propose another regionalism that is based on the peoples´ perspectives.