- Published on Friday, 04 May 2012 08:28
Interview with Rosiéle Chistriane Lüdtke (MPA-Vía Campesina)
The Training Center of the Small Farmers Movement of Brazil (Via Campesina) - located in Rio Grande do Sul- represents a stronghold of political and productive struggle against tobacco transnational corporations that subdue peasant families.
Leader of MPA Rosiéle Lüdtke explained this in an interview with Real World Radio during the 5th National Native Seed Festival held in Anchieta, Santa Catarina state.
At an early age Rosiéle joined the Rural Pastoral Youth and she identified with the proposal of the Small Farmers Movement promoted in her region, where there are large tobacco monoculture plantations.
Coming from a farming family of German origin, she witnessed how her family and most farmers in Rio Grande do Sul harvested to sell their products to transnational corporations, so she found the proposal of production diversification and political training really attractive and necessary.
“I studied, I took a course in agriculture but I continued to be a peasant”, she says.
- Published on Wednesday, 02 May 2012 19:01
On April 17th, Berlin based INKOTA activists gathered in front of Deutsche Bank on Friedrichstraße dressed as bankers and ready to dig into an oversized cake representing the African continent. Protesters with signs reading "No to the sale of Africa!" and "Land for people, not for profit!" completed the picture. Passers-by were offered their "piece of Africa" along with a flyer explaining the land grabbing phenomenon and Deutsche Bank's involvement. More pictures and info (in German) at www.inkota.de
- Published on Friday, 27 April 2012 07:36
Press release, Rome, 25th of April 2012
European Coordination Via Campesina
We, farmers, gathered in General Assembly in Rome this 24th and 25th of April, express our support and solidarity to all people struggling for the preservation of land, the access to land and to the profession. We are opposing the vague of privatisation of public land:
- in Mali, where farmers were arrested for working the land of which they were expelled after land-grabbing;
- in Honduras, where, since the 17th of April, 1200 ha were occupied;
- in Andalusia, where, since the 4th of March, landless farmers are occupying in Somonte a public farm of 400 ha, which was put on speculative sale;
- in France, where 2 farmers and a political representative are on hunger strike to refuse the expulsions started for the construction of an airport in Notre-Dame des Landes;
- In Italy, in the Souza valley, where farmers are resisting the expropriation caused by the construction of a high –speed train line Lyon-Turin.
- Published on Thursday, 26 April 2012 15:53
On Tuesday 17 April 2012, Reciprocity (www.reciprocity.com.au) , in conjunction with Food Connect (www.foodconnect.com.au) organised the first event ever to be held in Australia to commemorate La Via Campesina’s International Day of Peasants’ Struggle.
This special event was held in Brisbane at the Food Connect Homestead in the suburb of Salisbury. Over 20 Food Connect staff and farmers came along to learn about La Via Campesina and find out how Australian family farmers can become a part of this amazing international organisation that campaigns to put the power back into the hands of the farmers.
The morning started with the traditional LVC mistica, where participants divided into groups and wrote versus to form a poem that expressed the values and ideals important to them for the continuation of Australian small scale farmers and their rural life. As an expression of solidarity, each person in the group stood up and read out their verse, and the poem finished with the last verse being spoken by all.