More than 1,500 Landless kicking off Festival of Culture of Agrarian Reform

b_350_0_16777215_00_.._es_images_Festival_MST_Julio_1.jpgOn July 20, 2016, more than 1,500 Landless 19 states of Brazil kicked off the National Festival of Arts and Culture of Agrarian Reform, in the city of Belo Horizonte, in Minas Gerais. The political-cultural event, which took place in the Plaza da Station in Serraria Souza Pinto, in the center of the mining capital, featured a fair of agricultural produce, literature and food from all regions of Brazil. Films were screened and seminars on several topics also took place.  

Maria Raimunda César, from the Front of Education, Culture and Education of the Movement of Landless Workers, MST, said that the festival represents a historical accumulation of struggle and resistance of peasants across the country in the 32 years of foundation of the Movement.

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Karnataka, India: Support prices sought by KRRS to bail out farmers

Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and the Green Brigade have urged the Union government to announce minimum support price for arecanut, coconut, copra and rubber. 

Briefing mediapersons here on Monday, KRRS General Secretary Badagalapura Nagendra said the sudden slump in the price of arecanut, coconut, copra and rubber has left the farmers in dire straits. The government should come to the rescue of the farmers by procuring them at the support price, he demanded.

The KRRS and the Green Brigade have sought a minimum support price of Rs 35,000 per quintal for arecanut, Rs 25,000 per quintal for coconut, Rs 15,000 per quintal for copra and Rs 16,000 per quintal for rubber. 

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18 Years of SPI: Celebrations across Indonesia

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-19_SPI_peasant.jpgIn July, Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) which is also known as the Indonesian Peasants' Union is celebrating 18 years of its struggle for genuine agrarian reform and social justice. 

"Starting from a base level to the international level. Starting from reclaiming hundreds of thousands of hectares of land, to fight for the rights of peasants into an international declaration on the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, SPI has come a long way in 18 years. "said Henry Saragih in Medan, North Sumatera, Indonesia. 

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Women peasants in South Korea on a nationwide protest tour

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-07-18_KWPA_Protest.jpgPeasants from the Korean Women Peasant Association are taking out a nation-wide campaign, in the form of a protest tour, to seek justice for Farmer Baek Namgi who has been lying in a state of coma since November 2015, after being hit by police water cannons.

The peasants would also seek for the establishment of a department with experts who could help formulate policies for the women peasants and also seeking progressive amendments to the Women Farmers and Fisher Women legislation.

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