16th October - International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations

Call for action: As the world marks World Food Day on the 16th October, we call for true solutions to climate change, for Food Sovereignty, and for an end to the corporate control of our food and our lives. 

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-10-12_Foto_16_Oct_EN.jpg(Watch the trailer of the video "Together we can cool the planet!" to be launched this October 16)

(Harare, October 12, 2015) La Via Campesina calls its members and allies, and civil society organizations to mobilize and organize actions on October 16th, the International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations (TNCs). The current climate, hunger and migrant and refugee crises affecting millions of peasants, small farmers, families, especially women and youth show that corporate solutions are false and won’t yield human dignity.

TNCs displace and dispossess millions of peasants and family farmers, women and men of their land, forests, water and territories to set up profit seeking destructive enterprises. Globally, over 1.2 billion peasants and their families : ensure food sovereignty and the right to food by  providing  up to 80% of locally consumed food and  cool the planet and conserve biodiversity and seeds. On October 16th, let us raise our voices and resist land grabbing, so-called climate smart agriculture laden with agro-toxins and genetically-modified seeds; and call for a radical transformation towards a fair and decent food system for all. We continue to propose wider adoption of agroecology and the construction of people’s food sovereignty.

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Black farmers’ lives matter: Defending African-American land and agriculture in the deep south

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2015-10-07-Ben_Burkett_Black_farmers.jpgBy Beverly Bell, Other Worlds*

October 5, 2015

The 2015 US Food Sovereignty Prize goes to two organizations that are demonstrating just how much Black lives matter, as they defend their ancestral lands for community-controlled food production. The Federation of Southern Cooperatives, primarily African-American farmers across the deep South, shares the prize with the Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras, Afro-indigenous farmers and fisher-people. The prize will be presented in Des Moines on October 14, 2015.

Food sovereignty goes beyond ensuring that people have enough food to meet their physical needs. It asserts that citizens everywhere must reclaim their power in food systems by rebuilding the relationships between people and the land, and between food providers and those who eat. 
The US Food Sovereignty Alliance upholds the right to food as a basic human right and works to connect our local and national struggles to the international movement for food sovereignty.

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European Milk Plan: A single drop of water to put out a huge fire

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Milk_press_2015-09-14.jpgNobody, not even the Commission or the ministers, can predict whether these measures will lead to a stabilisation of the market and an increase in milk prices

(Brussels, Thursday 10, September 2015) On Monday 7 September, the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) carried out a demonstration in Brussels alongside the European Milk Board (EMB) to call for the implementation of measures to control production volumes, which are the only mechanisms capable of ensuring that fair milk prices are set.

Thousands of milk producers, including young producers, made their presence felt at the event to push for the 28 ministers for agriculture of the European Union, gathered at the extraordinary Council meeting, to adopt real measures that can provide an effective solution to the quagmire brought about by the liberalisation of the dairy sector as a result of international market saturation.

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Small-scale farmers must be put at the heart of UK’s food strategy

2015-04-LWA-logo-small.jpg(UK, August 2, 2015) The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has recently started drawing up a long-term strategy for food and farming. While the Landworker’s Alliance (LWA) agrees that a strategic approach is needed to address the challenges facing food and farming, we are extremely concerned that small-scale and family farmers have been excluded from the process. It is essential that Defra recognise the central role that small-scale and family farmers play in UK food and farming, and responds directly to their needs.

The LWA argues that we cannot create a sustainable future for food within the industrial framework that Defra is currently strengthening. Instead we need a National Food Policy based on food sovereignty principles, that puts power into the hands of people to create a more just and equitable food system. The strategy must focus on providing farmers with viable livelihoods and achieving self-sufficiency in food while addressing the key challenges of climate change, soil degradation, an ageing farming population and a lack of access to land and training for new entrants.

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