Published on Tuesday, 14 February 2006 07:00
On April 17, the International Day of Peasant Struggle, the members of Via Campesina will organize actions against neoliberalism all over the world. Peasants, small farmers, rural women, indigenous communities, and landless people will work together with our alliances from environmental, health, solidarity and other grassroots organizations to inform the public about the drastic consequences of neo-liberalism. The disastrous results of 10 years of a WTO farm and trade policy based on export agriculture clearly demonstrate that it is a proven failure. This neo-liberal policy has made people more dependent of imports and has benefited the agro-industry. Many examples from numerous countries support this claim. A 5.5% growth in Latin-America’s economy has not led to less poverty in the region. For example, Brazil is further impoverished as it increases exports to try to pay off its external debt. More power and money are concentrated in fewer hands. Multinational companies seem to be more important to the WTO than the people of the world.
Read more: 10 years of WTO is enough!