South Africa: Stop rural slavery! Respect the farmworkers!

Via Campesina Africa Solidarity Statement on the farmworkers mobilization


(Maputo 14th January 2013) - During the month of November last year, the world watched farmworkers strikes, particularly those working in vinyards, in the Western Cape Province, in South Africa. They were protesting against exploitation and poor working and living conditions on farms, demanding an increase in minimum wages. In many cases, South African police responded to the demonstrations with violence and intolerance and showed no respect for laws. Many farmworkers and activists were arrested, including peasants of The Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign, a member of La Via Campesina.

After dubious negotiations that halted the strikes in December, the South African government has refused to make any change to the minimum wage and the situation has remained unchanged. Early this January farmworkers resumed the strikes and are being heavily repressed by police.

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Brazilian megaproject in Mozambique set to displace millions of peasants


(Maputo, Mozambique - 29 November 2012) - The Brazilian government and private sector are collaborating with Japan to push a large-scale agribusiness project in Northern Mozambique. The project, called ProSavana, will make 14 million hectares of land available to Brazilian agribusiness companies for the production of soybeans, maize and other commodity crops that will be exported by Japanese multinationals. This area of Mozambique, known as the Nacala Corridor, is home to millions of farming families who are at risk of losing their lands in the process.

The Nacala Corridor stretches along a rail line that runs from the port of Nacala, in Nampula Province, into the two northern districts of Zambézia Province and ends in Lichinga, in Niassa Province. It is the most densely populated region of the country. With its fertile soils and its con-sistent and generous rainfall, millions of small farmers work these lands to produce food for their families and for local and regional markets.

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Mozambican Farmer´s Union (UNAC) hosts a National Conference on Land Management


Press release

(Maputo, 19 November 2012) – UNAC, the National Farmer’s Union (União Nacional de Camponeses), will host a national conference on land management on 27 and 28 November this year. It will be a public event which will aim to discuss the issue of land as a resource and how misuse of it perpetuates poverty and the erosion of the social fabric of the country’s rural communities.

In recent times Mozambique has become a stage for large-scale investments, attracting businessmen and companies from all over the world. Nevertheless, agricultural policies and large-scale investments in this sector have not benefited Mozambican farmers, although they are the social group that accounts for more than half of food production in the country.

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France, 30 000 to oppose Notre Dames des Landes airport construction



On Saturday, November 17, 2012 after 3 weeks of evictions, more than 30000 persons joined the mobilisation to re-occupy the ZAD (1700 hectares of land near Nantes where the future airport of Notre-Dame-des-Landes is planned to be). As soon as the demonstration arrived, 5 pre-assembled structures started to get built: a meeting-room of 80m², a kitchen house, 2 dorms, a toilet and bath block and a workshop. Thanks to a sum of ingeniosity, mutualised know-hows and endless human chains to bring the tons of planks, as well as cross beams, metal sheets and straw needed for the work, the construction showed rapid progress.

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