France : Everyone to Nantes on February 22nd

Call out for a march from the anti-airport groups.


b_350_0_16777215_00_images_stories_agrarianreform_manif_22_fevrier_2014.jpgThe french state and those defending the project of the airport of Notre Dame des Landes threaten to come back in force all over again. They presume they will begin the destruction of protected species and the construction of the airport in the coming months. A new wave of evictions could arise. We won’t let is happen! The construction will not begin! The movement on the ground is even more alive than last autumn of 2012, the connections are stronger, the fields more cultivated and the houses more numerous. Even more, over 200 local committees have been created, in solidarity with the struggle and to bring the fight to where they live, spreading it everywhere.

We call on all the anti-airport forces to join for the march in Nantes on February 22nd to show them that it’s no way that they touch to this countryside.

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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