Stop Water Grabbing!

(Marseille, March 11th 2012)

La Via Campesina Media Advisory

Representatives of small-scale farmers and family farmers member of La Via Campesina from Madagascar, Mali, Bangladesh, Mexico and several European countries will come to Marseille, France from March 12th to 17th. They will share their experiences on the struggle to defend small-scale farmers right over water. They will also present their solutions on how to cope with the water crisis.

La Via Campesina sees the water crisis in the world as a direct result of water grabbing by transnational corporations, such as bottling water corporations, tap water corporations, and large-scale agribusiness corporations. Their main objective is to take bigger profit by grabbing the rights of small-scale farmers and ordinary people over water for drinking and farming. Industrial agriculture model with the monoculture plantation, high chemical pesticide and synthetic fertilizers has been worsening the water crisis.

It is totally a failure to expect any solutions on water crisis from those corporations.

The farmer delegates of La Via Campesina in Marseille bring their concrete and genuine solutions to the water crisis that base on the agrarian reform, food sovereignty and agro-ecology. They will also actively take part in the alternative forum “FAME” with other social movements.

Need for Interview please Contact:

Josie Rifaud: (email: josieriffaud[at] yahoo.fr) Phone: 0613105291 (French and English)

Or email Benjamin Bouin: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Land, seas and territories to feed our dignity and the peoples of the world

March 2012

March 5 – 9, 2012: Last round of the international negotiations on land at FAO: The mobilization of social organizations and Italian NGOs.Monday, 5th of March, at 1 p.m.: international press conference of the delegates of civil society who will present the demands of civil society inside FAO. Friday, 9th of March, at 1 p.m.: press conference outside of FAO on the end of negotiations and the results

On Monday, 5th of March, the last phase of the negotiations of governments and civil society on the “Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests” in FAO’s Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will begin.

The Italian associations A.I.A.B., CROCEVIA, FAIR and TERRA NUOVA support und participate in the mobilization of the delegates of social movements and organizations that represent small-scale food producers (peasants, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, nomadic pastoralists, young people and rural women).

The Voluntary Guidelines are an instrument of the system of the United Nations that fixes necessary, but not obligatory elements for the actions of governments. Two thirds of the text have already been agreed upon during the last session in October 2011. Social movements have strongly pushed for the elaboration of these guidelines, given that in respect to land, even the most basic rights are being violated, especially the right to food.

Read more: Land, seas and territories to feed our dignity...

Resisting land evictions in Honduras

2012-03-07-video.jpg

Agrarian Reform, Village Reform and Ecological Justice: Indonesia Way for Social Justice

Joint Secretariat of the Indonesian Movement for Recovering People’s Rights

Jakarta, 12-01-2012

We of the " Joint Secretariat of the Indonesian Movement for Recovering People’s Rights", an alliance of Farmers, Workers, Indigenous People, Women, Youth, Students, Village Governance, and NGOs.

Today, Thursday, January 12, 2012 to act in unison in Jakarta and 27 provinces in Sumatera, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara.

Today, we declare resistance and pledge our alliance against land grabbing facilitated by the SBY-Boediono regime throughout Indonesia.

We view that the agraria (land, water, and natural resources) main problem in Indonesia is the concentration of ownership, control and exploitation of agrarian resources including land, forest, mining and water in the hands of a few people and large corporations, in the middle of millions of small holder farmers and landless people. Ironically, in the midst of that inequality, expropriation of people’s land is still happening.

Expropriation occurred because of the malign conspiracy between the government, house of representatives and corporations. They use their power to pass the Laws such as: Law No.25/2007 on Investment, Law No.41/1999 on Forestry, Law 18/2004 on Plantation, Law No.7/2004 on Water Resources, Law No. 27/2007 on Management of Coastal Areas and Small Islands, Law No. 4 /2009 on Mining, and the recent enactment of Law on Land Acquisition. The overall legislation has legalized the expropriation of people's rights over land, forest, mining, fishing areas, indigenous and villages area and territory, all for the mere benefit of investors.

Read more: Agrarian Reform, Village Reform and Ecological...

Additional information