Hungry for Land. Small farmers feed the world- with less than a quarter of all farmland

GRAIN/La Via Campesina media release

Kenya_Maasia-pastoralists-preparing-maize-harvest-Narok_AmiVitaleFAO.pngGovernments and international agencies frequently boast that small farmers control the largest share of the world's agricultural land. When the director general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation inaugurated 2014 as the International Year of Family Farming, he sang the praises of family farmers but didn't once mention the need for land reform. Instead, he announced that family farms already manage most of the world's farmland a whopping 70%, according to his team.

But a new review of the data carried out by GRAIN reveals that the opposite is true. Small farms, which produce most of the world's food, are currently squeezed onto less than a quarter of the world's farmland – or less than one fifth if you leave out China and India.

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Philippines : The government’s failure to redistribute land to the rural poor.

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_stories_agrarianreform_philippinesfarmers.jpg(Manila, March 12, 2014) Up to 300 farmers from five northern provinces descended on Manila on Wednesday to mark the start of Lent with a rally to protest against the government’s failure to redistribute hundreds of thousands of hectares of land to the rural poor.

Labeling themselves the “calvary of peasants,” the protesters symbolized their hardship by carrying crosses to the offices of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Quezon City.

“Small farmers have been systematically neglected,” said protest leader Jaime Tadeo.

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Declaration of Agadir

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_stories_agrarianreform_LVC_Maroc_MEeting_Josiescaled.jpg(Agadir, March 15, 2014) We, union organisations, peasant movements and social movements:

-The National Federation for the Agricultural Sector: Morocco (FNSA)/Moroccan Workers’ Union (UMT)

- National Union of Inshore and Deep Sea Fishermen: Morocco (SNMPCM)

- The French Peasants Confederation

- Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC)

- The Senegalese National Council for Rural Cooperation and Coordination (CNCR)


- The Association of Rural Women and the Fight for Land Association: Tunisia

Met as part of the international peasant movement VIA CAMPESINA at Agadir on the 13th, 14th and 15th March 2014, under the slogan : “For the land and the sovereignty of our peoples! In solidarity and in struggle!”

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Stop Land Grabbing in the Philippines!

International Solidarity Statement Issued by La Via Campesina South East and East Asia

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_stories_agrarianreform_banner.jpg(Bangkok, March 6, 2014) La Via Campesina sends their solidarity and full support to the small-scale farmers struggling against land grabbing in Plaridel, Sumalo, Bulacan province, in Macabud, Rizal Province and in many part of Philippines.

Now the farmers in Culianin, in the town of Plaridel, in Bulacan province, are currently struggling against massive agricultural land conversions done by Vista Land Properties, owned by former Philippine Senator Manuel Villar. Named “Lumina Plaridel,” the housing project severely affected local farming livelihoods: damaging installed irrigation systems, causing flooding to nearby farms as well as disrupting farmers’ planting and harvesting routines in the area. So far, around 12.47 hectares of agriculturally viable land in Culianin are being converted, directly affecting as much as 85% of the entire community. Irrigated farmlands are being bulldozed, and farmers are constantly threatened with the destruction of their livelihoods. This was despite the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program Extension with Reforms (CARPER) prohibiting the land use conversion of all irrigated and irrigable lands.

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