UAWC concluded the second phase from "Deprived Families Economic Empowerment Program"

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-04-11-UAWC_Project.jpg(Ramallah, April 4, 2016) the Union of Agricultural Work Committees concluded the second phase from "Deprived Families Economic Empowerment Program" (DEEPII). Which is targeted 60 families from the governorates of Tulkarm, Qalailia, and Salfit through small income-generating projects.

The UAWC's project Coordinator, Mohamed Yassin, confirmed that the project aims at improving the standards of living for Palestinian families by supporting the economic growth for the targeted families, and reducing the unemployment rate, thus, improving the standards of livings in the Palestinian society, pointing out that the project began in February 2015 and continues to the end of the month of April 2016.

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When there is an advance in food sovereignty in one part of the world, our entire movement advances

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_016-04-04-Uniterre1.jpg(Harare, March 21st, 2016) Nearly ten years ago, a forum was held in the village of Nyéléni at Sélingué in Mali which brought together over 500 people from more than 80 countries representing organisations of: farmers and peasants; traditional fisherpeople; native peoples; rural workers; migrants; landless people; pastoralists; forest communities; women; youth; and consumer, environmental, and urban movements. At the forum, they drafted the Nyéléni Declaration, which made a clear restatement of the principles of food sovereignty and highlighted the importance for everyone to work for a world where “food sovereignty is considered a basic human right, recognised and implemented by communities, peoples, states, and international bodies.” 

During the years since the Nyéléni Forum, there have been a number of efforts to have food sovereignty recognised at various levels. But it has been very difficult to ensure that the interpretations of food sovereignty in these official texts reflect its true meaning.

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One year after the end of milk quotas: assessing the destruction, accountability nowhere in sight

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Brussels, 1 April 2016

In light of the anniversary of the removal of milk quotas

ECVC demands political responsibilities from those who decided and supported the removal of milk quotas because of the devastation, hardship and death it has brought upon thousands of farms in Europe.

A year after the elimination of the quota system, laid bare the lies and siren songs given to the European dairy sector, the situation cannot be bleaker.

To this severe and unprecedented situation, not only suffered today by small and medium farms but large ones as well, we can add the ineffectiveness, procrastination and hypocrisy being used today by those policy makers responsible for eliminating the quota system, very well aware of the dire consequences they would bring to the dairy sector.

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Incapable of responding to the dairy crisis, the European Commission faces international peasant farmer delegation

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3 March 2016, Brussels

A delegation of member organisations of the European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC), from Portugal, Spain, France and Belgium, met yesterday the cabinet of Commissioner of agriculture Phil Hogan to express its impressions regarding the dramatic situation suffered by dairy producers and present its approach to end the crisis.

ECVC has made the alarming assessment that the dairy sector faces serious difficulties. Between 1984 and 2011 Europe lost 80% of its dairy producers. In 15 years, the size of the agriculture exploitation in Europe has more than doubled. ECVC is sounding the alarm: we cannot accept that the adjustment of milk production in Europe nowadays be made by eliminating thousands of dairy farmers.

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