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Globalising Hope – The courageous journey of La Via Campesina

La Via Campesina took shape in a political context where neoliberalism was rapidly expanding across continents, threatening to destabilise and even disappear small-scale agriculture. ‘A Growing Culture’ joined the 8th International Conference of La Via Campesina, held in December 2023 in Bogotá. Here is a report.

Farmers’ protests in Europe and the deadend of neoliberalism

Since the 1980s, various regulations that ensured fair prices for European farmers have been dismantled. The EU put all its faith in free trade agreements, which placed all the world’s farmers in competition with each other, encouraging them to produce at the lowest possible price at the cost of their own incomes and growing debt.

‘Quit WTO Day’: Indian peasant unions agitate against the World Trade Organization

Reportedly, on the 26th February, farmers staged protests against the World Trade Organization at over 400 district centers across India. They handed over petitions to the officials of the State urging the Indian government to protect domestic support programs and food stockholding programs at the 13th Ministerial Meeting of the WTO in Abu Dhabi.

Global Action against the Use of Starvation as Genocide in Palestine

The Israeli genocide war has killed over 30,000 people, mostly women and children. The Palestinians in Gaza suffer hunger and risk death by starvation because the entry of humanitarian and food aid, and other supplies necessary for the survival continues to be blocked at Rafah by Israel Occupation forces. We call upon the people of the world to join the GLOBAL DAY OF FASTING on March the 9th in solidarity with the people of Gaza.

Europe: ECVC puts forth concrete suggestions to guarantee fair prices to peasant farmers

In a press release issued on 27th February, the European Coordination Via Campesina demanded an obligation at the EU level to ensure prices paid to farmers cover the costs of production, including a decent income for the work of farmers and agricultural workers and their social security contributions. A new trade framework based on food sovereignty should be implemented.

Family Farm Defenders :Food is Not a Weapon

The human right to food is sacred and protected under international law. Family Farm Defenders maintains the principles of food sovereignty, including the right to food, as a guide to our response to ongoing and escalating violence, destruction, and loss of life in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel.

Colombia: New agrarian courts raise hopes for end to land conflicts

The first five agrarian courts will open in May in the cities of Cartagena, Quibdó, Popayán, Pasto and Tunja, with 65 more to come. Peasant farmers, or campesinos, have long struggled for recognition by the state. Another effort by President Petro to resolve the unequal land divide is a promise to redistribute more than 3 million hectares (7.4 million acres) of land.

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