- Published on Friday, 29 June 2012 02:12
Read by Henry Saragih, international coordinator of La Via Campesina at the opening of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20
(June 20, 2012, Rio de Janeiro)
Mr. Chair, Heads of States, Your Excellencies and esteemed representatives, we have been debating the future of the planet and humanity for the past two years. It is clear that sustainable agriculture is essential to the discussion on sustainable development.
Our constituencies include: farmers, artisanal fishers, pastoralists, agricultural workers, youth and indigenous peoples. They are often among the most affected by multiple crises, in particular women and young people. They also hold the solutions for sustainable development in their hands.
In order to be able to implement systems that nourish our people and sustain our planet, institutional change is necessary, particularly in the area of participation and empowerment of the most vulnerable, the majority of whom reside in rural areas. The new path of development entails the empowerment of these constituencies to produce and harvest, this requires the rights to equitable access to land tenure – regardless of gender, marital status, religious or ethnic origins – and to productive resources, including seeds, inputs, trade and markets.
- Published on Sunday, 24 June 2012 12:10
(Rio de Janeiro, Thursday June 21st)
A march organized by La Vía Campesina this Thursday the 21st will be denouncing agribusiness’ false solutions, through large landholdings and poisoning of food.
“Agribusiness is Brazil’s lie.” With this slogan more than 250 militants of La Vía Campesina Brazil and International occupied the National Confederation of Agriculture’s (NCA) space, set up on the Mauá pier in the port of Rio de Janeiro, to denounce the agribusiness discourse that falsely includes sustainable agriculture. The AgroBrasil stand, promoted by the NCA, Embrapa, Sebrae and the multinational corporations Monsanto and JBS proposes new technologies for producing food and, according them, preserving the environment. What is more, they will be putting together a document that combines the proposals of different agribusiness companies, which they will present in the official Rio+20 conference.
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- Published on Saturday, 23 June 2012 17:22
- Published on Friday, 22 June 2012 08:18
Maputo, 18 June 2012 (Via Campesina Africa News) – Food production and people's sovereignty in Africa could be seriously compromised by carbon capture projects and the so-called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus (REDD+) mechanism. They can exacerbate food insecurity on the continent and could result in the loss of control over land and forest resources for African farmers.
This scenario could become a reality in the near future in Mozambique, as the country has offered its land to serve as a “model” for carbon capture projects and REDD+.
As evening falls, Albertina Francisco*, a farmer from the Nhambita community in Sofala province, Mozambique, returns home. She is tired after another day of work at her machamba (a term used in Mozambique to refer to a patch of farmland). In addition to looking after the maize, mapira (a type of sorghum) and cassava which she grows, another task has been added to Albertina’s workload: looking after the trees she planted a few years ago to ensure she is not penalized by Envirotrade at the end of the year, the company with which she has a carbon supply contract. Albertina is required to ensure the survival and good growth of the plants and to ensure that at least 85% of the plants received survive.