- Published on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 13:57
(November 30, 2016) Many years of advocacy on the part of the Via Campesina and its NGO allies have resulted in a first public encounter between the ITPGRFA and UPOV concerning the rights of farmers to save, use, exchange, and sell their farm seeds and to participate in decision-making. This meeting took place in Geneva on October 28th in the presence of observers from the Via Campesina and speakers from allied NGOs.
- Published on Tuesday, 29 November 2016 13:08
A delegation representing La Via Campesina spoke at the FAO led symposium on Agroecology, held in Budapest from the 24-25th of November. The symposium was hosted by the Government of Hungary with support from the Government of France.
Jyoti Ferndandes, a dairy farmer and representing European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) and Nyeleni Europe, was one of the speakers from the delegation.
She spoke extensively on why agribusiness is an outdated idea and how agroecology is evolving. “Agroecology is innovating every day and it develops in a way that we have control over our resources. Building on that knowledge, it is bringing in a new model of agriculture where everyone has a right to access healthy and affordable food.”, she said.
- Published on Friday, 25 November 2016 13:53
Elizabeth Mpfou, general coordinator of La Via Campesina and a small holder farmer who also leads the Zimbabwe Small Holder Farmers' Forum (ZIMSOFF), made a presentation at the Global Dialogue held in Rome as part of the International Year of Pulses (IYP) on the 23rd of November 2016. She is also the IYP Special Ambassador for Africa region.
A full copy of her presentation can be accessed here.
- Published on Tuesday, 22 November 2016 14:19
Langkat Nusantara Kepong, a malaysian plantation company, assisted by local police officials, unleashes brutal attack on peasants in Mekar Jaya Village in Indonesia to appropriate nearly 554 hecatres of land!
Over 1500 police personnel launched a despicable attack on peasant members of SPI (Indonesian Peasants' Union), in Langkat District of North Sumatra Province of Indonesia and exterminated hundreds of acres of peasant land, so as to favour a foreign plantation companies. Several protesting peasants were severly injured in this brutal attack that took place on the 18th of November in Mekar Jaya village.