Nyeleni Newsletter: Food and Cities

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Urban agriculture: Moving towards food sovereignty?

Nearly a quarter of the world’s fresh food is supplied by approximately one billion people who produce fruits and vegetables on urban and peri-urban farms and gardens. While most of this food is consumed by the producers themselves, a substantial part goes directly into urban markets at affordable prices. Given that over half of the world’s eco-nomically poor population now live in cities, and given the dangerous volatility of global food markets, this locally-produced food is becoming increasingly important to urban food security. 

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Dublin: once more pulling the wool over the eyes of civil society!

Jakarta, 14-05-2010

The United Nation High Level Taskforce on the Global Food Security crisis is organising a consultation meeting with civil society organisations in Dublin, on May 17&18, to update the following document, “Comprehensive Frame work for Action” (CFA) produced in July 2008.

This report gathers a set of medium and long term actions to enable governments, UN and Bretton Wood multilateral agencies to give, according to Ban Ki Moon “a coherent and coordinated reply to the global food crisis” In the short term, access to food for the most vulnerable population must be improved and in the long term new situations of food insecurity must be avoided.

In principle, this initiative seems to satisfy all expectations, but in practice several points must be criticised.

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Call for action against Transnationals

CALL FOR THE STRUGGLE AGAINST MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS, THE MAIN THREAT FOR PEASANT AND INDIGENOUS FAMILIES AND FOR HUMANITY.


16th of OCTOBER 2009, first day of international action

The transnational corporations are our common enemy; they constitute the present form of capital which exercises control over our economies.

In the rural areas we are witnessing a savage offensive by capital and by the transnational corporations on agriculture and natural resources. It is a privatisation war of plunder directed against peasants and indigenous people, a privatisation robbery of the land, biodiversity, water, seeds, production, and agribusiness trade.

We are talking not only about the agribusiness corporations but also about those companies involved in mineral extraction, monoculture tree plantations, big dams, those controlling the distribution markets, and in general, all of those which are involved in the expansion of the contaminating industries, and the dispute and appropriation of land, water and territory.



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Zelaya back in Honduras

DECLARATION: ALERT LA VIA CAMPESINA

THE RESISTANCE DOES NOT STOP AND PRESIDENT ZELAYA ARRIVES IN HONDURAS!
IN SPITE OF THE REPRESSION, THE END IS NEAR FOR THE COUP REGIME!  

After 86 days of struggle and resistence from the heroic people of Honduras against the military coup, this day started the fall of the coup regime with the arrival of the deposed president Manuel Zelaya to Tegucigalpa. An enormous mobilization of masses, from all corners of the country, started to arrive to the capital city to receive president Zelaya, to demand his restitution and put an end to the coup regime led by Roberto Micheletti.
 
Since the early morning, once the news of the return of the president got out, thousands of hondurans arrived first at the offices of the United Nations and then marched toward the Brazilian Embassy to receive Zelaya. There, president Zelaya met with a commission of the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup. Immediately the coupsters mobilized thousands of soldiers and officials of the National Police to intimidate and try to control the uncontainable wave of Hondurans who were yelling Yes we could! Yes we could!  The aggressions and intimidations of military forces of the regime, throughout the day, did not manage to intimidate or unmotivate the pacific but militant and willing to resist, demonstration.  Thus, the regime decreed a curfew starting at 4 o'clock in the afternoon and Micheletti issued a public warning of heightened enforcement against the people.

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