- Published on Sunday, 13 June 2004 19:07
Via Campesina has been mandated by civil society organisations to ask Kofi Anan, Secretary General of the United Nations, to recognise food sovereignty as a basic human right
Civil society organisations met on 11 and 12 June to prepare a series of recommendations to government members of UNCTAD, who meet in São Paulo, 14-18 June 2004.
- Published on Monday, 05 April 2004 19:05
PRESS RELEASEPeasants of the World Need Convention on Peasant Rights
Via Campesina is pressuring the United Nations Human Rights Commission at its 60 session to give more attention to peasant rights
We, the peasants are the producers of food that feed the peoples of the world. Yet we have been pushed to such dire poverty that we cannot even eat what we produce. World wide, latest estimates indicate that 842 million people live in the condition of chronic, persistent hunger, one-seventh of our human family. Millions of people, including 6 million children under the age of five die each year as result. 50 percent of the hungry and malnourished, worldwide are smallholder peasants and another 22 percent are landless and rural workers.
- Published on Tuesday, 01 April 2003 18:59
Via Campesina is pressuring the United Nations Human Rights Commission at its 59 session of to give more attention to the rights of peasants
Millions of peasants have been evicted away from their farming land. The land was taken away from them using national policies or by the action of armed forces. Moreover, dam constructions are being carried out with the support of the World Bank in Bangladesh, Brazil, Indonesia, Thailand, and many other countries. The development of huge plantations for cash crops aimed at exportation and industries, and the rapid increase of other land use forms such as the construction of hotels, golf courses and supermarkets haven taken away the land from the peasant often in the name of national development.
- Published on Monday, 16 September 2002 19:04
ALVARO URIBE VELEZ
President of the Republic
Palacio de Nariño
Santafé de Bogotá
Septembre 13, 2.002
Excelentisimo Señor Presidente,
We, the signers below, concerned with the worrying situation that peasants, indigenous and rural producers populations are going through, as a result of the agrarian policies being applied in Colombia. These policies have dramatically increased the importation of food, destroying peasant agriculture, dismantled government institutions that support these agricultural producers, destroying national food sovereignty, stimulating the concentration of land in unproductive large properties by means of violence that has caused the murder of thousands of peasants and small farmers and the displacement of others from their land.