- Published on Thursday, 15 October 2009 09:14
Briarpatch Magazine, January/February 2009
They numbered almost 650, from 86 countries and five continents, when they arrived in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. They were delegates, support teams and special guests of the Fifth International Conference of La Vía Campesina, which took place from October 16 to 23, 2008. To reach Maputo, most of the delegates had made a considerable economic and human effort. Maputo is not a city you get to easily. At a moment when the world economy had yet to come up for air, in which the credit, environmental, food, trade and finance crises were colliding against one another and shaking the international economic architecture, farm leaders from many regions of the planet gathered together to collectively analyze the global food crisis and its relation to the financial crisis, and to show the world why food sovereignty - the democratization of the global food system - is a viable and necessary alternative.
- Published on Monday, 05 October 2009 12:18
From the Via Campesina Regional Training in Bangkok parallel to the UNFCCC negotiation meeting.
(Bangkok, 4 October 2009) La Via Campesina, a movement bringing together millions of small farmers and producers around the world, argue that it is the time to radically change the industrial way to produce, transform, trade and consume food and agriculture products.
Corporate food production and consumption are significantly contributing to global warming and to destruction of rural communities. Intercontinental food transport, intensive monoculture production, land and forest destruction and the use of chemical inputs in agriculture are transforming agriculture into an energy consumer and contributing to climate change.
- Published on Wednesday, 30 September 2009 19:19
CALL FOR THE STRUGGLE AGAINST MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS, THE MAIN THREAT FOR PEASANT AND INDIGENOUS FAMILIES AND FOR HUMANITY.
16th of OCTOBER 2009, first day of international action
The transnational corporations are our common enemy; they constitute the present form of capital which exercises control over our economies.
In the rural areas we are witnessing a savage offensive by capital and by the transnational corporations on agriculture and natural resources. It is a privatisation war of plunder directed against peasants and indigenous people, a privatisation robbery of the land, biodiversity, water, seeds, production, and agribusiness trade.
We are talking not only about the agribusiness corporations but also about those companies involved in mineral extraction, monoculture tree plantations, big dams, those controlling the distribution markets, and in general, all of those which are involved in the expansion of the contaminating industries, and the dispute and appropriation of land, water and territory.
- Published on Tuesday, 11 August 2009 13:10
The oligarchical forces, as a last resort, used a violent and repressive coup d'etat to stop the social changes launched by president Zelaya with the support of the social movements. An implementation of a dictatorial regime in favor of the oligarchy implies a disaster for the Honduran people and more specifically for the peasant communities.
These attacks against democracy and human rights are also an attack against all the people who struggle for a better world. We denounce all the violent actions and the numerous violations of human rights committed by the Armed Forces of the dictatorship.