- Published on Friday, 15 July 2016 19:57
From the 15th Garden
The war in Syria has become one of the biggest wars in recent history. More people than ever since World War II have been displaced. The number of people killed to date is estimated to be around half a million; those displaced around 12 million, those facing starvation in what have been named as “hunger sieges” are around 1 million (53 cities and communities, 50 of these by the Syrian regime), and at least 100 000 prisoners have disappeared in the regime’s prisons. *1
Actions that constitute war crimes are conducted on a daily basis: hospitals, schools, and live-sustaining places like bakeries or vegetable markets have been deliberately and casually targeted by air forces in Syria now. These targeted bombings are systematic campaigns against civilians: sometimes more than three hospitals have been bombed within one day, often with the use of so called “double taps”, bombing the place, waiting for the rescue responders and then bombing it a second time, often killing those who came for the rescue mission. *2
- Published on Friday, 15 July 2016 13:25
Brussels, 14 July 2016
In light of the upcoming European Agriculture and Fisheries Council meeting this July 18 in Brussels, the European Coordination Via Campesina, which represents thousands of family farmers in Europe, urges the Council to introduce mandatory measures to reduce milk production in order to protect dairy farmers throughout Europe.
The recent meetings in Brussels between actors of the dairy sector leave no doubt about the current situation. The sector is caught in a series of crises and the view that only the control of production will solve the problem is now unanimous. The non regulated market, subject to speculation, is wiping out producers; it is therefore necessary to act on the market. The support offered by the CAP - or the funds released in parallel to support producers, as has been proposed by representatives of some Member States- are not and will never be sufficient.
- Published on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 13:46
La Via Campesina's e-newsletter, June 2016 edition, is now available. This edition of the newsletter carries news from Derio, where members and leaders of La Via Campesina held a public event announcing the VIIth conference, to be held in Basque in 2017.
This edition also covers several mobilisations by farmers' organisation that took place across various regions, apart from carrying two important publications that were released last month. 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 Monday, 11 July 2016 20:19
Popular University of Social Movements gathers in Harare: social movements and academics to dialogue on the state of land, seeds and food in SADC
(Harare, July 11, 2016) – Over the past 15 years, Zimbabwe's fast track land reform programme has redressed colonial land inequalities and now provides lessons for its neighbours on how to democratise land ownership and broaden economic participation. From July 12-15, various social movements and academics from Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Ghana, Spain and Portugal will gather in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare to discuss and debate the state of land, seeds, food, climate and people in Southern Africa. The event is being held under the banner/auspices of Portugal's Popular University of Social Movements, known by its Portuguese acronym, UPMS.
Social movements have powerfully influenced Zimbabwe's land reform, and movements' role in pressuring governments for land reform is today more important than ever. The Southern African region's food deficit has risen in the past five years due to limited agricultural support by the state and climate linked weather vagaries. Land investments and changes to seed laws and the growing impacts of climate change are also shaping regional food security.