Press Release: Landworkers’ Alliance demand recognition for small-farms in post Brexit policies

2016-06-27 LWA.jpgIt is with some concern that The Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA) looks forward at the possibilities for British food and agricultural policies post-Brexit. The task will require huge effort and ingenuity on behalf of political decision makers if it is to support producers, protect the environment and prioritize access to healthy, nutritious food for all.

As a national union of small-scale, traditional and family farmers, The Landworkers’ Alliance is determined to ensure that the voices of smaller-scale producers are included in post-Brexit policy.

The UK’s small-scale and family farms are at the heart of our rural culture and communities; they create employment, protect cherished landscapes and provide a huge amount of the food we eat. However, under Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs' (DEFRA )implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), many small farms were unfairly disadvantaged. The Landworkers’ Alliance is ready to work with government to unsure that this discrimination does not continue under national agricultural policy.

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People in Panama, Sri Lanka, protest again demanding their lands back

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-27_Panama_Protest_2.jpgSeveral hunderd people protested in Panama, Sri Lanka, on the 21st of June, demanding justice and repatriation on the land from which they were forced to evict in 2010 by the then ruling government. 

In February 2015, the ruling government had agreed to return the land to the people, but they allege absolute negligence of duty at the end of the government officials who are responsible to carry out the order. 

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Cheap imports cause massive fall in coconut prices in India. Farmers protest.

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-27_-_KRRS_Cocunut_Protest.jpgCoconut farmers in the State of Karnataka, took to the streets to protest against massive fall in coconut prices, which they allege is due to cheap imports from Indonesia, Philippines and Malaysia.

While speaking to The Hindu, KRRS president K.S. Puttannaiah told reporters that although the State government had announced in its budget that a policy for Coconut would be framed, it was yet to be materialised. He wants the State government to set up a revolving fund and extend assistance and incentive to growers. 

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KWPA and SPI undertake Farmer to Farmer exchange program in Indonesia

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_2016-06-27_Farmer_Exhange_Indonesia_2.JPGIn February 2016, Korean Women Peasant Association (KWPA) and SPI (Indonesian Peasants' Union), conducted a farmer to farmer interaction and exchange program on agroecology in Indonesia. Held as part of the 2015 regional action plan, 12 delegates from KWPA, comprising of women farmers, scientists and interpreters, joined their Indonesian counterparts and took part in seminars and field trips across Jakarta and Bogor.

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