- Published on Thursday, 06 April 2017 12:14
Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, KRRS, one of the biggest farmers' movements in South India, has initiated a process of political articulation focused on young farmers. On 1st of April the movement organised its first ever meeting to build a youth-centered farmers movement in the state. Women and Men in the age group 18-35 gathered along with senior leaders to discuss, debate, reflect on agrarian issues, and how spaces can be created for youth participation. There were overall representatives from about 15 districts of the state.
- Published on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 12:59
04 April 2017: At a meeting organised by Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), La via Campesina, IT for Change, Forum Against FTAs, and other local groups, around 100 representatives of people’s movements from southern Indian states gathered at the Indian Social Institute, Bangalore from 2-3 April to discuss the implications of the proposed mega free trade agreement - Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
They represented a wide range working on health, agriculture, labour rights, financial and public services. The groups questioned why the Government of India is agreeing to be part of the RCEP, which allows foreign investors to sue governments, restricts policy space for governments, threatens access to life-saving medicines and puts seed sovereignty at risk.
- Published on Monday, 03 April 2017 17:44
PRESS RELEASE – Friends of the Earth Europe, European Federation of Food, Agriculture and Tourism Trade Unions, European Coordination of Via Campesina, CONCORD Europe
Brussels – More than 200 organisations have called on the European Commission and Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager to block the planned mergers of six giant agriculture corporations.
The farmer, farmworker, beekeeper, religious, international development, and environmental groups claim that the three resulting companies will concentrate market power and “exacerbate the problems caused by industrial farming – with negative consequences for the public, farmers and farm workers, consumers, the environment, and food security” in an open letter.
- Published on Monday, 03 April 2017 17:33
A call from civil society
The 10th edition of the Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) was held in Brussels on the 28th of March. Its organisers, Syngenta (a multinational chemicals and agrifood firm) and ELO (an organisation that lobbies for large European landowners) presented their brand of agriculture, which they claim will meet food and environmental challenges. A coalition of farmers’ organisations (members of La Via Campesina), civil society organisations and citizens have denounced these false agribusiness solutions and are issuing this appeal to send a firm message to the organisers and attendees of this forum : this agriculture has no future !