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.

Nepal : celebration of National Peasants' Day (cum Paddy Day)

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Asar 15 following the Nepali calendar is known in Nepal as the rice/paddy day and farmers celebrate this Ropai (rice plantation) festival planting paddy seedling and enjoying flattened rice with yogurt. All Nepal Peasant Federation (ANPFa) also celebrate this day as National Peasants Day organizing paddy seedling program. A grand opening program was organized in Seti Devi VDC-6 in Kathmandu where chairperson of ANPFa, Com. Bamdev Gautam was the chief guest and Leaders Prem Dangal and Balram Banskota; national committee members Ghanshyam Pandey, Jalpa Bhusal and Jiwati Poudel were among few important personalities present in the program. Peasants especially the local young women and men, media persons, ANPFa cadres, students and NGOs person were also present in large numbers to take part in the paddy seedling program, observe and celebrate the National Peasants' Day. Similar programs were organized in various places of the country. Com Keshab Lal Shrestha and Hari Parajuli were guest in the program organized in Narayangadh and com. Sharada Subedi was present in Pokhara. 

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European Coordination Via Campesina is determined to defend family farming and small-farmers in Europe

European Coordination Via Campesina Press release

(17 April- Fuerteventura)

From 15th to 17th April, ECVC, a European association of small-farmers that brings together 27 farming bodies from 17 countries across Europe, including outside the EU, held its annual General Assembly in the Canary Islands, Spain. One of the Outermost Regions of the European Union, it is not only where Rafael Hernandez, president of Coag Canarias and outgoing member of the management team, grows his crops but also where Mario Cabrera Gonzales, President of the Government of the Island of Fuerteventura, has declared his intention to develop food sovereignty by promoting local production and autonomy.

This is a goal shared by ECVC, and represents a real challenge at a time when the CAP, currently under reform, has come under attack from agribusiness and defenders of major European farming, who are opposed to any change. The CAP offers little hope to the organisations represented by ECVC despite their considerable contribution to the institutional debate, aimed at defending small and medium-scale farmers, the majority of whom are based in the EU. Poverty and unemployment is exacting a rising toll on citizens as a result of the European crisis, which starkly demonstrates the limits of the liberal dogma at work. We must stop destroying farming jobs and instead enable more rural businesses. Achieving access to quality food for all in Europe requires a large number of farms, sustainable production methods and a physical shift in food supply chains.

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We demand peace in Korean peninsula

Statement of la Via Campesina

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(Jakarta, 15 of April 2013) In March, the US and SK mobilized over 200 thousand soldiers in the Foal Eagle and Key Resolve Military Exercises. In reaction to what it interpreted as military provocations, North Korea responded by rescinding the 1953 cease fire. The United States responded by dispatching the B-52, a strategic bomber with nuclear capability, and the B-2, a strategic stealth bomber, fighters to further bolster the military exercises. North Korea responded by upgrading its battle readiness to its highest level and placing on standby launch its strategic rockets. The US government responded by placing a nuclear submarine in the vicinity of the Korean Peninsula – making this US military mobilization the largest one since the Iraq War. North Korea reacted by sending mid-range missiles towards its eastern sea coast and notifying its intent to launch them. It also advised the complete withdrawal of foreign diplomatic corps. Finally, it closed the Gaesong Industrial Complex, the last buffer zone between North and South and an important symbol of inter-Korean cooperation. 

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