- Published on Monday, 22 February 2010 16:55
March is a special month to strengthen our constant struggle against all unjust structures of our society. This month we celebrate the International Women’s Day (8th of March), the International Day of Action Against Dams and for Rivers, Water and Life (14th of March) and the World Water Day (22nd of March).
To celebrate these days, we call all popular movements, syndicates, churches, entities and NGOs which believe and support the struggle for life and against the commercialization of nature and for a new social model, to jointly protest against all injustices in all possible places.
We must denounce the exploitation of our people and in particular the people expelled from their land by dams; we must denounce the concession of natural resources and public money to the big national and international groups and multinational corporations; we must denounce the national policies which violate the deny the rights of the people and promote the destruction of nature.
We must also seize this moment in order to strengthen our demands, our organizations and the international solidarity to the cause. Promoting all forms of action and mobilization this period is very important and with this objective we are making this call.
Let’s celebrate with lots of struggle and action our 14th of March.
GOOD STRUGGLE FOR ALL OF YOU
WATER AND ENERGY ARE NOT COMMODITIES!
Movement of Dam Affected People (MAB) – Brazil FURC – Argentina FUNPROCOOP – El Salvador National Network of People Threatened and Affected by Dams and Canals - Colombia Mexican Movement of Dam Affected People (MAPDER) – Mexico
- Published on Thursday, 18 February 2010 13:02
1. Meeting European and global challenges
2009 has demonstrated the scale of the difficulties confronting European farmers. Milk is not the only sector undergoing a crisis, and agricultural incomes are falling almost everywhere. The current CAP as well as the WTO framework on which it is based have shown their inability to resolve problems; on the contrary, they have aggravated them: the number of farms is in steep decline, unemployment is rising rapidly, over one billion people are suffering from hunger, our planet is suffering from global warming, biodiversity is being lost, and there is a rapid increase in the health costs of the dominant modes of production and consumption.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 16:35
5th Meeting of the European Seed Network 'Let's liberate diversity!'
Volkshaus, Graz, Austria, 25-27 March 2010
The year 2010 will be decisive in the debate about intellectual property rights concerning seeds. The EU wants to pass seed legislation that is uniform throughout Europe. In the future, will just industrial varieties be available on the seed market while regional and farmers varieties will be found only in museums and show gardens? All signs indicate that seed corporations are using the revision of the seed law to expand their power further. The EU directive on conservation varieties and non-industrial varieties complicates or forbids the propagation of old varieties due to geographic and quantitative restrictions.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 February 2010 09:04
Henry Saragih speech at the opening of the IFAD - Farmer's Forum, Rome 15 February 2010
Distinguished President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development
Distinguished Excutive Board of IFAD an all IFAD staff
Dear Participants to Farmers Forum,
I'm here today in the name of La Via Campesina as a representative of smallscale farmers, indigenous people, landless people, women and rural workers from 9 regions of the world.
The Farmers Forum of this year takes place in a crucial moment for humanity, The big failure in food, climate and financial crises our people have been facing for years has aggravated during the last two years. More farmers have been displaced, more people are suffering hunger, more rural communities are in ruins. We have now more landlessness, women and youth are unable to access land, the number of people who leave their communities is growing. At the same time we see the expansion of agrofuels and monoculture projects and the power of corporate transnationals over food systems is growing around the world. It's not acceptable that during the current crisis, the price of food continues to increase, more people are unable to afford food and the corporations continue to make excessive profits.