Press Release: Peasants in Asia give inputs to ‘UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants & Other People Working in Rural Areas’
- Published on Thursday, 28 April 2016 15:59
26 April 2016, JAKARTA:
Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI, Indonesia Peasants Union) and La Via Campesina (international peasants movement) held a Regional Consultation, Training and Meetings on Peasant Rights in PKBI Guesthouse, Jakarta, April 26 to 29, 2016.
Henry Saragih, Chairman, SPI said that Peasant Rights which was declared on 20 April 2001 in Cibubur, West Java, will become a universal declaration of the United Nations (UN) in the near future.
"Next month (May) we will be holding a conference together with the Human Rights Council of The United Nations, updating the draft of UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas," Henry said in Jakarta this morning. He also stressed that the main objectives of this important event is to give strong inputs to UN draft declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas—with key rights around (1) right to land and territory; (2) right to seeds and traditional agricultural knowledge and practice; (3) right to biological diversity; and (4) state obligation.
- Published on Friday, 22 April 2016 22:11
Who are we? People who struggle for territory
(Marabá, April 17 2016) We are more than 130 representatives of La Via Campesina member organizations and allies from four continents, 10 regions and 28 countries of the world. We are here in Marabá, Pará, Brazil, to analyze, reflect and continue our collective processes to develop our ideas, proposals, and alternative projects for confronting the offensive of global capital against the peoples and natural goods of the countryside, coasts and seas. More than anything, we come together to struggle for our territories, and for a different kind of society.
We are organizations of peasants, family farmers, indigenous peoples, landless, farm workers, herders, fisherfolk, collectors, forest dwellers, rural women and youth, as well as allied organizations from across the world. We are here to remember the massacre of rural workers in El Dorado dos Carajás, Pará, which took place exactly 20 years ago and led to the creation of the International Day of Peasant Struggle, celebrated every year on April 17th. We are also here to demand that the governments of the world follow through on their commitments to agrarian reform, made 10 years ago at the FAO’s International Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ICARRD) in Porto Alegre, Brazil
- Published on Thursday, 21 April 2016 19:29
First published by The Hindu
Activists of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) staged a protest in the city on Wednesday, condemning the delay in payment of money to farmers towards food grains procured from them under Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Addressing the protest meet, H.R. Basavarajappa, Working President of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha said that the government owed an amount of Rs. 31 crore (approximately 4.5 Million USD) to the farmers. This was for the paddy and ragi (finger millet) it had purchased from them, through procurement centres in the district, at MSP in the months of February and March.
- Published on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 16:58
First published by euobserver
Brussels, 18 April, 2016
The 20th anniversary of the International Day of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Struggle was marked on Sunday – a date that highlights the persecution and violence suffered by peasants and farmers around the world.
It’s probably a date not many people have even heard of. Another one of those “international days of something really, really important” that passes by almost daily.
But consider this: Peasants and small farmers make up half of the world’s population and grow at least 70% of our food, using less than 30% of agricultural resources.
Without peasants and small farmers, society would not be able to survive, the wonderful diversity of food on people’s plates would be diminished, the pollution of our water and soil would increase, our countryside impoverished and there would be increasing hunger and poverty, fuelling regional and international instability.