Agrarian Reform and Water
Mozambique's ProSavana programme – "Open your eyes, you'll lose your land," warns a Brazilian ‘sem-terra’
- Published on Thursday, 24 October 2013 20:51
One of the central figures of the Brazilian ‘sem-terra’ (landless) movement, Augusto Juncal, was in Maputo as a ‘heavyweight reinforcement’ for the campaign by Mozambican small-scale farmers against ProSavana. Juncal left the warning: "Open your eyes, you'll lose the land".
ProSavana, an agricultural development programme by the governments of Mozambique, Brazil and Japan – which is still in the initial stage of implementation in the centre and north of Mozambique – is being challenged by the União Nacional dos Camponeses de Moçambique (UNAC - National Union of Small-scale Farmers of Mozambique), the largest organisation of its type in the country.
- Published on Friday, 20 September 2013 08:27
Morogoro, Tanzania - The co-existence of large scale and smallholder farmers in only possible, when there is a water tight legal framework, secure land rights and accountability land governance in the country, new study shows.
A study conducted by Dr Kenneth Bengesi of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) to assess the impact of Biofuel Investments on local livelihood in Tanzania indicates that large scale investment is likely to disadvantage the small producers due to existing legal framework.
“With the current legal framework, where there is insecure land rights and weak land governance, the two fail to co-exist in a win-win situation,” said Dr Bengesi, when presenting his findings at the MVIWATA 20th anniversary done recently here in Morogoro.
The study that was done in Kisarawe , shows that small holder farmers are not happy with bio-fuel investment in their area considering disadvantages in socio-economic impact, ecological systems and land acquisition.
- Published on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 16:36
From Land Grabbing to Land Reform
25th of June 2013, from 9h00 till 12h30
European Parliament ASP 1G2 - Brussels. Organized by GUE/NGL in cooperation with European Coordination Via Campesina
9h00 - 9h20: Welcome and Introduction
Welcome : Gabi Zimmer President GUE/NGL (Germany)
Introduction : Javier Sanchez, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee
9h20-10h30: 1st Panel – Access to Land, land concentration and land grabbing
Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
Jan Douwe van der Ploeg, TNI - Presentation of the Land Grabbing Report
Willy Schuster, Ecoruralis, Romanian national case study
Moderator: Willy Meyer, GUE/NGL MEP (Spain)
10h30 – 11h00: Press Conference/ Coffee break.
11h00 – 12h00: 2nd Panel - Are the EU and national policies favoring equal access to land and the entry into farming by prospective (young and small) farmers ?
Dacian Cioloş, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development (tbc)
Patrick Le Hyaric, MEP GUE/NGL (France)
Eva García Sempere, Coordinator of theSpatial Planningand Environment Unit ofIU-LV-CA- Preparation of the Land Bankprojectin Andalusia
Andrea Ferrante, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee -Proposal for a EU Directive on Lands
Moderator : Geneviève Savigny, Member of the ECVC Coordination Committee
12h00-12h30: Debate and conclusions by Joao Ferreira, MEP GUE/NGL (Portugal)
- Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 23:01
25th of June 2013, 9h00-12h30
European Parliament- Brussels
· Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
· Willy Meyer, Patrick Le Hyaric and Joao Ferreira, MEPs
· The authors of the Report on Land Grabbing in Europe, study coordinated by ECVC and the coalition Hands off the Land (TNI, FIAN International, FIAN Netherlands, FIAN Germany, FIAN Austria, IGO in Poland and FDCL in Germany)
· Coordination Committee and Members of European Coordination Via Campesina
This event is jointly organized by European Coordination Via Campesina and the group GUE/NGL of the European Parliament.
The report on Land Grabbing in Europe, along with its Executive Summary, are already available on the ECVC website: http://www.eurovia.org/spip.php?article757&lang=en
Draft programme, registration form and documentation will be on the ECVC website soon.
- Published on Friday, 19 April 2013 09:18
Press Release of the European Coordination Via Campesina
(17th of April 2013, Fuerteventura) Land concentration and land grabbing do not occur only in developing countries in the South; in fact, both are underway in Europe today. A new report by European Coordination Via Campesina and Hands off the Land network shows that land grabbing and access to land are a critical issues today in Europe, and also reveals that the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidy scheme and other policies is implicated in a variety of ways.
The report, involving 25 authors from 11 countries and titled Land concentration, land grabbing and people’s struggles in Europe, reveals the hidden scandal of how just three per cent of landowners have come to control half of all farmed land. This massive concentration of land ownership and wealth is on a par with Brazil, Colombia and Philippines.
Some of these processes of ever-increasing land concentration are not new; however they have accelerated in recent decades in particular in Eastern Europe. Many feature European companies, as well as new actors including Chinese companies and Middle Eastern Hedge Funds, tied into an increasingly global commodity chains, and all looking to profit from the increasingly speculative commodity of land.
- Published on Friday, 19 April 2013 09:09
Join statement of FOEI, LVC, WMW, CEO etc.
(Budapest, 8 April 2013) We, the undersigned organisations who represent millions of grassroots communities, women’s organisations and small-scale farmers across the globe support the struggle against land grab in Hungary.
Access to land, including control of how it is used and for what purposes, is for local farmers a key element of food sovereignty. Therefore we are very concerned by the alarming rate of land grabbing happening world wide. We recognize that land grabbing is not only happening in the Global South but also in Europe.
We have learned that according to estimates around 1 million ha of land in Hungary have already been grabbed by foreign investors via so called "pocket contracts" and hundreds of thousands of hectares by companies or Hungarian landlords via the leasing of state owned land. The planned new land tenure act submitted by the Hungarian government to the parliament would further accelerate land grabbing and concentration of land unless the draft law is changed by amendments that are supported by almost two hundred civil society groups and farmers' organizations.
- Published on Friday, 22 March 2013 22:23
New Delhi, March 19, 2013: On the second day of a large farmers’ rally in the heart of India’s capital here today, the Mahapanchayat (great assembly) of farmers and agriculture workers resolved to stay put until their demands are met. In a historical new formation, people’s movements and large farmers’ unions have come together to defend land rights and protect farm livelihoods. Lambasting the government for its anti-farmer policies, speaker after speaker rejected government’s development paradigm, which neglects rural India and agri livelihoods. The night saw thousands of farmers sleeping on Parliament Street in the open, with the government choosing to ignore them. “We are the Anna Daatas who keep the nation alive and the government cannot continue with its impoverishment policies towards farmers. More people are headed towards Delhi now and it looks like the government will respond only when an issue reaches a flash point”, said Yudhvir Singh of Bhartiya Kisan Union.