16,000 Landless Workers protest for Agrarian Reform in Brasilia

VIth MST Congress - 10 to 14 of February, 2014

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(Brazilia, February 12, 2014) The ministry esplanade was covered in red yesterday afternoon.  Around 16 thousand Landless Workers participating in the 6th MST (Landless Workers’ Movement) National Congress made the 9km journey from the Nílson Nelson gymnasium to the Three Power Plaza and back.

The main aim of the peaceful protest was to denounce the standstill situation of Agrarian Reform. “Agrarian Reform in Brazil is a disgrace. Last year, only seven thousand families were settled. Meanwhile there are more than 90 thousand families living in MST encampments.  In total, there are 150 thousand families living in encampments in Brazil, many of whom have been there for over ten years. 

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Opening of the 6th Congress recalls 30 years of MST's history

VIth MST Congress - 10 to 14 of February, 2014

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_stories_newsfromregions_20140213-mst.jpgFebruary 10, 2014. This is a history that is too large to fit in a book, unless this book could be as large as actors who know how to make history.  The pages of this book are huge, and were opened in front of 15 thousand people, remembering a remarkable trajectory of social and political struggle in Brazil. 

The VI National MST Congress opened officially this Monday morning (Feb 10). The opening mistica, which is always a highly anticipated moment because of its energy, moved millions of people who filled the Nilson gymnasium in Brasília. 

Men, women, youth and children from 23 states and the Federal District and more than 200 international guests, saw the people turn the pages of this important historical process.  

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Tanzania, MVIWATA receives international award

Mtandao wa Vikundi vya Wakulima Tanzania (MVIWATA), a member of La Via Campesina, has been awarded the 2012 FANRPAN Civil Society Movers and Shakers Award, which recognises contributions of mobilising small-scale farmers in Tanzania.

The award was announced recently at the FANRPAN Annual Regional Policy Dialogue held in Dar es Salaam. FANRPAN Civil Society Movers and Shakers Award is given to Civil Organisations that have demonstrating excellence in promoting food security, agriculture or natural resources issues through advocacy or any other approach that influences policy in FANRPAN member states.

Speaking soon after receiving the award, MVIWATA Executive Director Mr Stephen Ruvuga expressed gratitude for FANRPAN for recognition of the network’s efforts in mobilising small-scale farmers who are majority in this country and play a big role in food security and the wider economy.

“We are very grateful for FANRPAN for recognition of our efforts in mobilising small-scale farmers who are majority in this country an play big role in food security as well as nation economy,” he said.

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