India, Farmers Movements Launch Gram Swaraj School

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Feb 15: On the occasion of the 77th birth anniversary of the iconic farmers' leader Prof. M.D. Nanjundaswamy, the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS) and the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) organized a series of events from the 13th to the 16th Feb to commemorate his memory. The North and South Indian farmers movements jointly inaugurated their own Gram Swaraj (Village self rule) School called the “Prof. Nanjundaswamy Life school” as well as an auditorium called “Mahinder Singh Tikait School of Struggles,” named in the honor of the late BKU farmers' leader. The Gram Swaraj School is located at the KRRS farmers' training center - Amrita Bhoomi in the Chamragajar Nagar district of Karnataka. The activities were spearheaded by Chukki Nanjundaswamy, managing trustee of Amrita Bhoomi and daughter of late Prof. M.D. Nanjundaswamy.

Eminent social activist Medha Patkar, Dalit writer Shri Devanuru Mahadeva and the firebrand adivasi (indigenous) activist CK Janu of Kerala participated in the inauguration ceremony. Later other distinguished activists like policy analyst Devinder Sharma, “waterman of India” Rajendra Singh, Social scientist Prof. Yogendra Yadav, seeds conservation expert Krishna Prasad, Founder of Timbaktu Collective Babloo Ganguly, and others joined the cadres at a farmers training camp. The speakers made compelling presentations that were enjoyed greatly by the farmers on a variety of issues ranging from the type of politics needed by the farmers movements today, land, cooperative building,peoples' politics, water crisis, climate change, seed sovereignty, agro-ecology. The camp aspires to build solidarity and strengthen alliances between the farmers movement and the other various peoples movements and organizations across India to save agriculture and create a true people oriented development model. Farmers from all over the country participated in this landmark event.

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Solidarity letter from La Via Campesina to Taiwan Farmers Union

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February 3rd, 2012

Stop Land & Water Grabbing and Trade Liberalization in Taiwan!

The Southeast Asia and East Asia of La Via Campesina send solidarity and full support to the small-scale and family farmers who have struggled against land grabbing for last a few decades and the liberalization of agricultural market and for the right to farm and right to live in the rural area.  

Once branded as one of the Four Little Dragons, Taiwan now suffers from the bitter fruit of its development under neoliberal capitalism. In the name of science and industrial complex projects, the power of eminent domain has been routinely exercised and abused in Taiwan. As of now, 6378.15 ha. of land is under threat of forced expropriation, which triggered farmers’ large and strong resistance in the form of anti-land-grabbing and anti-water-grabbing movement across Taiwan. 

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First Continental Assembly of the CLOC-VC: Conclusions of Managua

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_newsfromregions_2012-12-22_asemblea_cloc.jpgWith great joy and enthusiasm from the land of Sandino, hosted by peasant organizations in Nicaragua, surrounded and strengthened by the fighting spirit and rebellion of the Nicaraguan people that strengthens the daily process of Christian, Socialist and Solidary Revolution, we have concluded our First Continental Assembly of the Latin American Coordination of Rural Organizations CLOC-Via Campesina.

Celebrating our history to the beat of heroic struggles of indigenous peoples and peasants in Honduras, Guatemala, and Panama, after three days of deliberations we concluded on the need to continue promoting the processes of struggle and organization to move towards the construction of the decent, revolutionary, and solidary society that we all desire. We call peasant and popular organizations in Latin America to strengthen our class solidarity.

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Europe, Good food march arrives in Brussels

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(Brussels, 11 September 2012) The European Coordination Via Campesina (ECVC) is one of the initiators of an unprecedented event, a European march to Brussels entitled "Good Food Good Farming March".

Member organizations of ECVC, Nyéléni Europe and other civil society groups are mobilizing in European countries to join the march – some by bike, some on foot and some by tractor – and to organize debates and actions.

At the heart of the claims lie fair prices for farmers and consumers, a true respect of the environment, and food sovereignty to bring about good food and good farming everywhere and for everyone.

On September 19, the marchers and civil society organizations will come together in front of the European Parliament to force MEPs into a debate.

For the European Coordination Via Campesina, September 19 will also mark the start of an active mobilization on the CAP reform that will last throughout the fall and 2013, to ensure that Europe makes a real choice in favour of peasant agriculture.

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