- 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).
- Published on Friday, 14 October 2016 16:04
(Harare, October 13, 2016) On October 16th, La Via Campesina’s International Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations (TNCs), we continue the struggle to end corporate control of our food and reject free trade agreements.
Through their extensive and clandestine lobbying, TNCs have put in place legal, economic and trade policy frameworks to legitimise their greed for profits and destruction of nature. For example, the Investment Court System (ICS) or State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and the Free Trade Agreements (such as in the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership [TTIP], Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreements [CETA], North American Free Trade Agreement [NAFTA], Trans Pacific Partnership [TPP], Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership [RCEP]) are all biased in their favour to ensure full control of the world agricultural production and distribution. Patents and intellectual property regimes are their tools to achieve this. In this process, peasant seeds, the foundation of agriculture, are rendered illegal. Biodiversity is eroded and replaced by uniform crops. Grabbing of land from peasants, particularly in developing countries, is carried out in the pretext of “feeding 9 billion people by 2050” through their advanced and destructive technologies.