Brazil: The time for the Peoples’ Land Reform

VI MST National Congress : February 10 to 14, 2014.

congreso MST1.jpg(MST from the initials in Portuguese ‘’Movimento dos Trabalhdores Rurais Sem Terra’’)

(Brazilia, January 17, 2014) We arrived to our VI National Congress as the Landless Workers' Movement (MST). We arrived after more than two years of studies, debates, reunions, assemblies and discussions carried out by our grassroots organizations and representatives from all over Brazil. 

We are celebrating our 30th anniversary, making us the oldest peasant movement in the history of Brazil. 

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Mozambique's ProSavana programme – "Open your eyes, you'll lose your land," warns a Brazilian ‘sem-terra’


One of the central figures of the Brazilian ‘sem-terra’ (landless) movement, Augusto Juncal, was in Maputo as a ‘heavyweight reinforcement’ for the campaign by Mozambican small-scale farmers against ProSavana. Juncal left the warning: "Open your eyes, you'll lose the land".

ProSavana, an agricultural development programme by the governments of Mozambique, Brazil and Japan – which is still in the initial stage of implementation in the centre and north of Mozambique – is being challenged by the União Nacional dos Camponeses de Moçambique (UNAC - National Union of Small-scale Farmers of Mozambique), the largest organisation of its type in the country.

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Tanzania : new study shows that large scale investment likely to disadavantage smallholder farmers


Morogoro, Tanzania - The co-existence of large scale and smallholder farmers in only possible, when there is a water tight legal framework, secure land rights and accountability land governance in the country, new study shows.

A study conducted by Dr Kenneth Bengesi of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) to assess the impact of Biofuel Investments on local livelihood in Tanzania indicates that large scale investment is likely to disadvantage the small producers due to existing legal framework.

“With the current legal framework, where there is insecure land rights and weak land governance, the two fail to co-exist in a win-win situation,” said Dr Bengesi, when presenting his findings at the MVIWATA 20th anniversary done recently here in Morogoro.

The study that was done in Kisarawe , shows that small holder farmers are not happy with bio-fuel investment in their area considering disadvantages in socio-economic impact, ecological systems and land acquisition.

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Program of the Conference on Land Issues in Europe

From Land Grabbing to Land Reform

25th of June 2013, from 9h00 till 12h30

European Parliament ASP 1G2 - Brussels. Organized by GUE/NGL in cooperation with European Coordination Via Campesina


  • 9h00 - 9h20: Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome : Gabi Zimmer President GUE/NGL (Germany)

  • Introduction : Javier Sanchez, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee

  • 9h20-10h30: 1st Panel – Access to Land, land concentration and land grabbing

  • Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

  • Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, TNI - Presentation of the Land Grabbing Report

  • Willy Schuster, Ecoruralis, Romanian national case study

Moderator: Willy Meyer, GUE/NGL MEP (Spain)

  • 10h30 – 11h00: Press Conference/ Coffee break.

  • 11h00 – 12h00: 2nd Panel - Are the EU and national policies favoring equal access to land and the entry into farming by prospective (young and small) farmers ?

  • Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (tbc)

  • Patrick Le Hyaric, MEP GUE/NGL (France)

  • Eva García Sempere, Coordinator of theSpatial Planningand Environment Unit ofIU-LV-CA- Preparation of the Land Bankprojectin Andalusia

  • Andrea Ferrante, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee -Proposal for a EU Directive on Lands

Moderator : Geneviève Savigny, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee

  • 12h00-12h30: Debate and conclusions by Joao Ferreira, MEP GUE/NGL (Portugal)

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