- Published on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 16:02
Social movements should maintain the mobilization so agroecology will not be co-opted.
International peasant movement Via Campesina denounced a commercial interpretation of “agroecology” that they do not identify with, the movement stated in a communique on Thursday.
The statement followed the seminar promoted by the FAO (the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization) in Brasilia, which discussed between June 24-26 strategies of strengthening “agroecology” in Latin America.
According to Via Campesina’s Peter Rosset, the agroecological matter is living two processes. One is recently promoted by institutions like the FAO, which seeks to consolidate a commercial type of agroecology. The other one has been carried out by social movements and includes various types of knowledges, shared among peasants, native peoples, rural workers, and others. “We are at a time of dispute between these two visions of agroecology, and we are attending this event in order to close off this dispute,” said Rosset.
- Published on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 13:17
La Via Campesina Africa Region II
(July 6, 2015) We, who have been evicted from our land and territories, and dispossessed of our natural resources,
We, young women, men and communities,
We, who live permanently impoverished, in conflict-ridden areas and under threat by armed groups,
We, who are unemployed and desperate,
We, who leave our land and our families, we who face all possible risks including death because we are left with no other choice than to believe that El Dorado can be found on the other side of the Mediterranean.
- Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 16:07
The Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) followed up intensely the Israeli violations against the Palestinian farmers to expose the brutality of the occupation to the local and international world. In addition, UAWC supported the affected Palestinian farmers and their families to strengthen their resilience on land – the land of the parents and grandparents. The violations mentioned in the report are just a part of the Israeli violations against the Palestinian agricultural sector for not all of the violations are reported and documented.
In the first six months of 2015, the Israeli army and Israeli settlers uprooted more than 9910 trees most of them were olive trees. In comparison the total number of trees uprooted in 2014 was 9400. Thus, there is a tangible increase in the number of trees uprooted in 2015. Other statistics of the first six months of 2015 include: settler violence recorded reached 95 incidents, Palestinian-owned structures demolished in the West Bank reached 280 structures, and violations in Access Restricted Area (ARA) reached at least 370 incidents. Download and read the Semi Annual Report
- Published on Wednesday, 01 July 2015 15:26
(Nepal, June, 30 2015) All Nepal Peasants' Federation, the largest peasants' organization in Nepal organized various programs including a paddy plantation program on the occasion of national peasants'/paddy day/Ashar 15(A day in Nepali calendar that falls on June 29/30). The program was devoted to all the peasants' and their families victimized by earthquake and "Save our seeds and save rice" was the motto for this year. ANPFa Chairperson and deputy prime minister and home minister of Nepal, Hon. Bamdev Gautam inaugurated the paddy plantation program in Kathmandu and such programs were organized in more than 40 districts of Nepal including Sunsari, Morang, Kavre, Dhading, Rupendehi, Lalitpur.
In the program organized in Kathmandu, Hon. Gautam highlighted the role of ANPFa in professionalization of agriculture. "Farming should be a profession. We need to change the face of agriculture from subsistence to commercial," He added. Minister for energy, Hon. Radha Gyawali was special guest of the program where ANPFa leadership including Sarada Prasad Subedi, D.B. Karki, Baburam Thapa were present. Balram Banskota deputy General Secretary of ANPFa, explained the importance of rice in the Asian societies. He said, "Rice is our culture. In every occasion whether it is a birth ceremony or death ritual even the marriage, rice is used. It is our staple food. We need to conserve rice to conserve our identity".