Via Campesina will join 2016 World Social Forum to strengthen and advance food sovereignty and peasants’ rights
- Published on Thursday, 04 August 2016 19:11
Several delegates comprising women, men, youth, and representing peasants and migrant agricultural and rural workers from several regions of La Via Campesina, will carry messages of global solidarity and food sovereignty at the 2016 World Social Forum this August. The Forum, which is a collective call for a sustainable and inclusive world, will be held in Montreal, Canada from the 9th to 14th.
La Via Campesina considers World Social Forum as an important space to build collective strengths of social movements worldwide – all of whom are fighting for social, economic, cultural and political justice.
In Montreal, our delegates will collectively organize and participate in sessions that would address the questions of agrarian reform, climate justice, peasant led research, alternatives to corporate controlled food systems, people’s sovereignty over corporate impunity, young peasants, the future of agriculture and many more.
- Published on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 15:36
August 1, 2016
The Landworkers' Alliance today announces eight key recommendations that will form the foundation of our post-Brexit representations to Defra and the Government's Environmental Audit Committee.
The task of creating a post-Brexit 'British Agricultural Policy' that support producers, protects the environment and prioritizes access to healthy, nutritious food for all is a complex but essential one. It represents a great opportunity if the government is ready to listen to the needs and desires of all stakeholders and put in place a truly long-term plan for resilience, equality and justice in food and farming.
- Published on Thursday, 28 July 2016 17:12
Be a Palestinian farmer for a week this October
Since the 1st of October 2016, Israeli forces remarkably escalated the use of force against Palestinian farmers using their internationally proscribed weapons against the unarmed people. According to the Union of Agricultural Work Committee's 2016 semi-annual violations fact sheet, the Israeli army and settlers uprooted 1000 olive trees, which considered a universal symbol of life and peace in attempts to uproot the Palestinian people from their own lands. Other statistics of the first six months of 2016 include: land confiscation reached 2776 dunum, Palestinian-owned structures demolished in the West Bank reached 784 structures, and people displacement reached 516 people.
Olive trees carry more than an economic significance in the lives of Palestinians; they are symbolic of Palestinians’ linked to their land. Thus, despite the continuous Israeli uprooting and damaging of Palestinian olive trees, Palestinians insist to cling to their lands and replant more and more olive trees and strengthen their roots in the ground.
- Published on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 13:36
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.