Protect people´s lands, water and forests

Civil Society Urges the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) to Adopt Effective Land Tenure Guidelines to Ensure Food Security and Respect for Human Rights

Rome, Italy, 7 October, 2011 -- As the final round of intergovernmental negotiations on the Guide-lines on Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests, at FAO headquarters in Rome, Octo-ber 10-14, approaches, CSOs remind all governments of their immense responsibilities in reaching an agreement on one of the most pressing issues of our time: how to secure and sustain equitable access and tenure rights to land, fisheries, forests and natural resources for indigenous peoples and small-scale producers, particularly women. These responsibilities stem from the legal obligations of States to uphold human rights - the rights to adequate food, housing, health and work - and the rights of indigenous peoples.

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Indonesia: Peasants march to Presidential Palace to demand rights to land

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Seven thousand members of Indonesian Peasant Union (SPI) organize action to commemorate the National Farmers' Day in Jakarta on Saturday (24/9). Among the participants are peasants coming from West Java and Banten province. People have to travel around 4 to 6 hours from their village to Jakarta.

"We are in a good spirit to come to the capital to celebrate this big day for peasants, and we need to voice our concerns to the government," Abay Haetami from Banten says.

Meanwhile Fauzan Kreyo from Cirebon, West Java reiterates the need for agrarian reform. "Agrarian reform was mandated 51 years ago today by the enactment of Basic Agrarian Law, the government need to really implement that now," he exclaims to the mass.

The action started at 8 in the morning, completed with singing the national anthem and other movement-related chants.

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CALL FOR ORGANIZATIONS TO SIGN THE DAKAR APPEAL AGAINST LAND GRABBING!!

During the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in February 2011, social movements, organizations of small food producers and other CSOs released a collective appeal against land grabbing. Over 650 organizations have already endorsed it. If your organization has not signed on yet and would also like to support this appeal, please do so before 7 October 2011.

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) based in Rome at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is currently negotiating Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests. These Guidelines are supposed to protect and strengthen the access to land, fisheries and forests of small food producers. Unfortunately some powerful governments, with the support of International Financial Institutions, are reluctant to adopt strong Guidelines. They prefer a system of governance that facilitates the take-over of people's natural resources by corporate investors and other powerful actors.

Peasants affected by land grabbing will hand over the Dakar Appeal, together with the names of organizations endorsing it, to governments during the negotiations on the Guidelines in Rome from 10-14 October.

This mobilization will also contribute to pressure governments to definitively reject the World Bank-driven Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment (RAI).

Land grabbing has to be stopped, it cannot be made "responsible"!

Please read and sign the petition here: http://www.dakarappeal.org

LPM announces direct actions to reclaim land and social justice

Media release

(Johannesburg, 16th September 2011) - The Landless People´s Movement of South Africa, a social movement of rural people and people living in shack settlements in cities, announces the revival of the mass struggle for land and agrarian reform, after a moment of apparent silence.

The movement announced this intention in a press conference held in Johannesburg on the 16th September.

As the situation of rural and urban poor and the state of land and agrarian reform is not showing significant changes in South Africa, LPM decides to carry out direct and concrete actions in order to reclaim land and social justice.

According to Africa Mthombeni, LPM chairperson, in the last years the movement has seen massive poverty both in rural and urban areas, as the redistribution of wealth and public resource has been made unfairly, benefiting few people in South Africa.

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