- Published on Wednesday, 17 December 2008 13:36
Being in a field in southern Niassa province, in Mozambique, listening to a group of women and men members of a peasant and small farmers’ association sing a cappella while they wield their hoes is both thrilling and supremely humbling. Particularly when you realize that the song is being improvised and that they are singing about their association movement and thanking you for dropping by.
I was in Mozambique because I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the Fifth International Conference of La Via Campesina in Matola, a suburb of the capital city Maputo. La Via Campesina is an organization of organizations, a powerful aspect of the growing movement of peasants, family farmers, indigenous and landless people of the world. My goals were to help record the conference by interviewing some of the delegates and to learn more about the campesin@ way of life and how that way is crystallized in a call for and a practice of food sovereignty. In particular, I wanted to learn what that means to the peasants and small farmers of Mozambique.
- Published on Monday, 15 December 2008 23:24
Poznan statement from the Climate Justice Now! alliance
Members of Climate Justice Now! – a worldwide alliance of more than 160 organisations -- have been in Poznan for the past two weeks closely following developments in the UN climate negotiations.
This statement is our assessment of the Conference of Parties (COP) 14, and articulates our principles for achieving climate justice.
- Published on Friday, 12 December 2008 22:03
Statement of La Via Campesina
A delegation of small farmers and peasants from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America has been observing this week the climate negotiations of UNFCCC in Poznan (COP14).
We are shocked by the level of corruption that UNFCCC has reached in allowing corporations to take over the political process of climate negotiations. Instead of tackling climate changes, what is being discussed in Poznan is how to create business opportunities in the face of a looming global disaster.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 December 2008 23:39
- Bio Fuel crazy idea
Music website: www.livebroadkast.com
Biofuel website: www.biofuelsong.com
- "La Ley de Gravedad, "
Ernesto Gómez Flores de la Vía Campesina, en el Festival de la Digna Rabia (Chiapas, January 2009)
Songs, hymns, raps and poems from and for the Vth conference
La Via Campesina
Collective creation - FSM - Mumbai 2004
Interpretation: Moya and Tommy Sands
Languages: English, Español, Français
Canción Via Campesina - Mozambique
Recorded in Matola, October 2008
Creation and Interpretation : UNAC women
Rap agronegocio - Brasil
by Valter Israel da Silva (MPA)
Korean Farmer's song
Original version in Korean recorded by the Korean farmers
Translated versions in French, English, Spanish and Italian interpreted by Andrea Tronchin
La Via Campesina - East Timor
by Ego Lemos, HASATIL
Languages: English, Portugues, Español
Petani Dunia- Indonesia
by Sejati the creative branch of Serikat Petani Indonesia (Indonesian Peasant's Union)
Languages: bahasa indonesia, English, Español
Mountains of food, Oceans of hunger
by Nimmo Bassey (Friends of the Earth International),
Recorded at the Assembly with the Allies, Matola, October 2008.
Canciones de Porfiria - Republica Dominicana
recorded in Matola, October 2008
Que Verde é este - Brasil
by Pedro Munhoz
Semente da liberdade - Brasil
by Fábio Carvalho
We Are the Seeds - North America
Recorded during the Youth Assembly, North American Mistica, Matola, October 2008
Interpretation: Kalissa Regier (NFU Canada)
Introduction: Logan Perkins (NFFC USA)
Collective creation by the II Youth Assembly in Matola, October 2008