- Published on Tuesday, 21 June 2011 13:30
(Paris, June 20, 2011) Hundreds of civil society organisations, including farmers' movements, women's groups and non-governmental organisations, will launch a global appeal against farmland grabbing during the G20 meeting on Agriculture in Paris on June 22 and 23.
Over 500 organizations from around the world (1) have joined the "Dakar Appeal Against Land Grabbing" that was originally drawn up at the World Social Forum in Dakar last February (2).
While agriculture ministers from the world's 20 richest countries are discussing what to do about food price volatility and the growing hunger crisis, millions of hectares of fertile land, along with their water resources, are being grabbed from peasants, pastoralists, herders, fisherfolk and indigenous peoples to be converted into massive agribusiness operations by private investors who want to produce food supplies or agro-fuels for international markets. As a consequence, millions of peasant families and other rural and indigenous folk are being thrown off their lands and deprived of their livelihoods.
- Published on Monday, 20 June 2011 11:40
Press release - La Via Campesina
Only peasant sustainable agriculture can feed Africa!
(Masvingo, 18th June 2011) - African farmers’ organizations, members of the International Movement of Peasants, La Via Campesina, and allied organizations denounce every attempt to adopt genetically modified organisms, GMOs, as being a false solution to the food crisis in Africa.
According to the farmers, all of the myths promoting GMOs as a “miracle” to increase productivity are false, as they threaten the genetic integrity of the local varieties that are the basis of African food security. Only organic food production, based on local knowledge and skills, can feed the continent, as diversified, agroecological farming systems actually produce more total food per hectare than does industrial monoculture. Furthermore, small-scale farmers and sustainable peasant agriculture are cooling down the Earth, because they do not engage in the greenhouse gas emitting practices of industrial agriculture.
- Published on Friday, 17 June 2011 09:28
(Topora, 14 June, 2011) – In Topora, a village of Masvingo province in Zimbabwe, farmers are proud of being one of the successful examples of agroecology practice in the country. Their pride has a reason: the crops they produce are completely organic and produced with local knowledge and traditional skills. They use no chemical fertilizers and their production skills are not imported.
The village shares a demonstration vegetable garden of agroecology where farmers learn and practice agroecology collectively, called the Topora Demo field. It is an area of about a hectare, where farmers from different villages around Masvingo district meet at least twice a week to practice and exchange their agroecology knowledge.
- Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 12:45
Via Campesina at the United Nations General Assembly - June 2, 2011 - New York, NY
La Via Campesina sees 2012 as a significant marker for humanity and life. What we have heard in the ongoing debates on the green economy is not a struggle to define what it is. Instead, we see a struggle on how to continue the privatization and incorporation into the global free market system of mother earth and her environmental systems and natural resources under the name of development. The outcome of this will mark the difference between increased poverty, famine, inequality, death and true global sustainability, human development and ultimately life on this planet. We remind everyone present here today, that as we head towards RIO+20, peasant and family farmers, who are on the front lines of climate disasters, and resource conflicts, must be recognized as a key solution, already in practice, to the multidimensional crisis.
It cannot be stressed enough that we are not dealing with a business cycle crisis. What we are facing is a deep global structural crisis. As such our current situation requires solutions that do not perpetuate the patterns of production and consumption or implement the same mechanisms and approaches that led us here. We cannot afford, nor can this planet sustain, a growth path that is still driven by the same economic imperatives of profit maximization. To do so would mean to continue on a path towards collective suicide imposed by those that profit from our current economic system’s industrial model of production and consumption, and who are now seeking to gain from the ongoing environmental collapse which they have caused.