"To be uncounted is to be discounted", Nettie Wiebe shares experiences of women’s struggle for land and resources
- Published on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 00:47
On 15th October, which was also the occassion of the International Day of Rural Women, representatives from global women’s movements and other civil society organizations shared experiences of women’s struggle for land and resources, and introduce into the General Recommendation on the Rights of Rural Women, adopted by CEDAW in March 2016.
Nettie Weibe, representing National Farmers' Union (Canada) and La Via Campesina, spoke at the event. Here is the summary of her speech;
- Published on Monday, 17 October 2016 09:40
Interview with Jean-Baptise Chavannes, spokesperson of Mouvement Paysan de Papaye, Haïti (Farmer Papaya Movement), by Frédéric Guérin and Claire Chauvet, Inf’OGM administrators, about Haiti’s situation in general after the devastating hurricane Matthew, and about agriculture, farmers and international aid.
Inf’OGM – What is the farmers’ situation after cyclone Matthew ripped through Haiti ? The western media mention the risk of famine.
JBC - Before cyclone Matthew, the situation of peasants families was difficult because last years’ draught destroyed 80 % of the crops. The farmers were thus in a severe food insecurity even before cyclone Matthew. The NFSC (National Food Security Council), a state institution which usually underestimates the reality, said four million people were in a state of heavy food insecurity in July 2015. We do estimate that eight million people – the majority of which paradoxically lives in a rural area – suffered from hunger last year. The cyclone has thus worsened an already critical situation.
- Published on Friday, 14 October 2016 17:27
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, September 2016 edition, is now available. This edition of the newsletter carries news about the Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights in Bali on International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), the recent discussions in Geneva on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas, and more other news from the regions. We share also the new edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter on smallholders’ markets. Here is the link to the newsletter. Hope you enjoy reading it and please do share it widely. Globalise the struggle! Globalise hope!
- Published on Friday, 14 October 2016 16:33
First published by Ceylon Today (2016-09-23)
A group of environmental organizations held a People's Tribunal, on multinational agrochemical companies, at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute, yesterday. A large number of representatives from Farmers' Associations participated in it. A number of representatives from Sri Lanka's agricultural hubs, including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala and Moneragala, gave evidence before the tribunal; highlighting the issues faced by the people due to the activities of the multinational agrochemical companies.
"We want to know the impacts of the activities of the multinational agrochemical companies on the environment, on people's health, and on society. Also, these multinational agrochemical companies have not been held responsible, for the damage they have done to Sri Lankans in the last 40 years," said Chintaka Rajapakse, moderator of the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR).