- Published on Wednesday, 02 March 2011 16:47
We, farmers organizations, non-governmental organizations, religious organizations, unions and other social movements, gathered in Dakar for the World Social Forum 2011:
Considering that small and family farming, which represent most of the world's farmers, are best placed to:
- meet their dietary needs and those of populations, ensuring food security and sovereignty of countries,
- provide employment to rural populations and maintain economic life in rural areas, key to a balanced territorial development,
- produce with respect to the environment and to the conservation of natural resources for future generations;
- Published on Friday, 11 February 2011 14:35
Land grabbing in Mozambique by transnational corporations, that hire rural workers who are not able to access lands to produce, is one of the issues that concern peasants of that country the most.
Real World Radio interviewed Jose Mateus, leader of the National Farmers Union of Mozambique, member of La Via Campesina, who is participating in activities at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal.
Mateus regretted that many peasants of his country end up working for big agribusiness transnational corporations, because they don’t have the support of the State to access lands. “We don’t have finance (…) so peasants have to work for multinationals. They stop producing food for their families and go to work for one of these companies”, said Mateus.
- Published on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 09:53
BREAKING THE SILENCE: NO TO VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
At the 2011 World Social Forum held in Dakar, we, the African peasant organisations members of la Vía Campesina, have decided to launch and communicate on behalf of our continent the campaign of our movement condemning violence against women, a campaign which was officially launched on an international scale at our fifth international conference in Maputo, in 2008.
In all societies, to varying extents, women and girls are victims of economic discrimination and physical, sexual and psychological violence, in both public and private spheres. Domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual harassment, genital mutilation, women being deprived of food, forced or early marriage, “honour” killings, femicide and rape as war weapons are all part of this horrific scenario. Furthermore, on the world scale, 70% of people who live in extreme poverty are women.
- Published on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 00:57
Invitation for media: Press Conference
Date: 9th of February
Place: Press Conference Room – Bibliothèque Universitaire Central (BU)
Time: 10h00 - 11h00
La Via Campesina, the International Movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers, invites journalists to attends its press conference at the World Social Forum.
In this press conference, the International Peasants Movement will focus in issues such as the Land grabbing phenomenon in Africa, the violence against peasant women, the promotion of local peasant seed and the struggle against GMO's.