- Published on Friday, 02 December 2011 14:17
From the Nyéléni Village - Selingué – Mali – 17 November 2011
Interview with Ndiakhate Fall, from the region of Thies, Ville de Mecklie, member of the CMCR (Conseil National de Concertation et de Cooperation des Ruraux) that is the platform of peasants’ organisations in Senegal, member of Via Campesina.
I am a farmer. I grow mainly peanuts, and other vegetables for consumption, as well keeping sheep and cows. My country Senegal has already promised to give away 500.000 hectares of land for growing agrofuels or food for export. Senegal has many examples of land-grabbing, and most of them are linked to a number of specific phenomena.
First of all the extension of cities. In all big cities nowadays there are real estate companies that want land to build houses or to sell it to private investors. Secondly, there are land grabs by mining industries; many companies come and settle in Senegal - for example, an Austrian company, that mines zircon, has grabbed a lot of land and robbed many farmers.
- Published on Thursday, 01 December 2011 18:55
Karnataka: Fifty farmers of La Via Campesina movements from Asia visited some of Karnataka's most outstanding natural farms from Nov 2 to 6 2011. This event was organized by LVC and KRRS as part of their efforts to carry out farmer to farmer exchanges of knowledge of agro-ecology practices to "feed the world and cool the planet" as well as for farmers movements to share their best knowledge experiences with each other in solidarity.
The international delegation included twenty farmers and social movement activists from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, South Korea and Mexico. There were also many south Indian farmers present in the delegation.
During the four days journey, the group explored coconut, arecanut and banana farms, as well as vegetable plots, a sericulture field, a paddy seed bank and a jaggery production site. Some farmers were practicing natural farming for more than 15 years, while others had just started. Also a variety of natural farming methods were explored - from Fukuoaka's method to Palekar's zero budget natural farming. All farms were situated around the Mysore area, in South Karnataka. They were all successful examples showing that natural farming can and ought to be actively promoted as one of the many sustainable and accessible alternatives to conventional and organic farming. Furthermore, farmers organizations should play a strong role in creating platforms for exchanging practices and knowledge which is one of the best ways of spreading sustainable farming practices.
- Published on Thursday, 01 December 2011 18:53
La Via Campesina Mozambique, the organization Justicia Ambiental-Friends of the Earth Mozambique and the National Peasant Union of Mozambique presented a joint political position on Thursday in Maputo, ahead of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (COP 17) that begins on November 28 in Durban, South Africa.
They also launched the Mozambican caravan that will leave to Durban on November 26 with nearly 30 representatives of the three social groups to participate in the parallel activities to the COP. The mobilization takes place as part of the “Trans-African Caravan of Hope”, which comprises representatives of almost all African countries and that will soon arrive in Durban.
The defense of family and peasant farming, the right to access to land, the demand that African resources will benefit their own communities instead of other countries and big corporations and the rejection of carbon trading are some of the most important political positions presented today.
- Published on Tuesday, 29 November 2011 21:00