Yet another UN report calls for support for peasant farming and agroecology: it's time for action

Media release of  La Via Campesina ∕ Grain ∕ ETC

unctad.jpg(Harare, 23 September 2013) La Vía Campesina, GRAIN and ETC welcome a new UNCTAD report which states that farming in rich and poor nations alike should shift from monoculture towards greater varieties of crops, reduced use of fertilizers and other inputs, greater support for small-scale farmers, and more locally focused production and consumption of food. More than 60 international experts contributed to the report, launched last week.

UNCTAD's 2013 Trade and Environment Report ("Wake up before it is too late: make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate") states that monoculture and industrial farming methods are not providing sufficient affordable food where it is needed, while causing mounting and unsustainable environmental damage.

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Agroecology as a way of life

Organizations join forces to strengthen the fight for food sovereignty.

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“Food is not a commodity but a human right, recognized by states through different legal instruments. By recognizing this right, states have the obligation to respect, protect and guarantee the people’s right to food — especially of food producers — to guarantee the right to decent work and employment as well as to a fair wage, based on the principles of social justice and human dignity,” states the declaration of the First Assembly of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The meeting, held on Aug 6 and 7 in Bogota, Colombia, was called by various regional organizations engaged in the fight for food sovereignty, including the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations-La Vía Campesina, the Agroecological Movement of Latin America and the Caribbean and the Pesticide Action Network, among others.

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From Maputo to Jakarta : 5 Years of Agroecology in La Vía Campesina

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Title : From Maputo to Jakarta : 5 Years of Agroecology in La Vía Campesina

Year : 2013

Language: English (Available in French, Spanish and Portuguese)

Content:

This booklet provides the delegates to the Sixth International Conference of LVC, being held this June of 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia, with some of the key documents produced by the International Commission on Sustainable Peasant Agriculture of la Via Campesina to fulfill its mandate from Maputo.

Among the other activities of the Commission has been a process of identification, documentation, systematization and analysis of our best cases of agroecology inside LVC, for the purposes of socializing the lessons of these experiences to other organizations and countries, and also to produce study materials for our agroecology schools.

Edition: International Commission on Sustainable Peasant Agriculture of la Via Campesina

Senegal, Final declaration of the Family Farms International forum

(Dakar, November 22, 2012) 

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We, representatives of the CNCR member farmers' and producers' organizations, as well as other national platforms member of the ROPPA (Network of West-African Farmers' and Producers' Organizations), met from 20 to 22 November, 2012 in Dakar with technical services officers and technical and financial partners in the framework of the international forum "Family farms constitute the primary food and wealth suppliers in West Africa"

Confirm the significance of the potential and current function of family farms,

Recognize further that:

  • Family farms are facing many constraints associated with an unfavorable socioeconomic environment;
  • Family farms have not yet deployed their full potential and still enjoy opportunities to grow and considerably contribute to the different functions pertaining to agriculture, namely feeding the population, creating wealth and employments, and managing natural resources in a sustainable manner.

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