El Salvador: Reforms to the Law Governing the Control of Pesticides, Fertilisers and Farming Products

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The 5th September marks a milestone in Salvadoran agriculture after the Legislative Assembly implemented reforms to the law governing the control of pesticides, fertilisers and farming products.

With 45 votes – that is to say, a simple majority – the legislators passed the decision to ban the import, sale and use of chemical products and insecticides considered harmful to health. This law should be implemented gradually over two years, resulting in a complete ban of these products which will have to be replaced by more environmentally-friendly ones.

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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

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