Category Archives: Peasant

World Day of Action For Food Sovereignty

Food Sovereignty is the right of the world’s peoples to produce and to consume healthy food. Food cannot be reduced to a commodity in the hands of the transnational corporations.

The international peasant and family farmer movement, La Via Campesina, is calling upon its member organisations across the world, and on grassroots organisations, allied social groups, and concerned consumers to be part of the World Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations, this coming October 16th, 2014.

Every year, La Via Campesina organises this Day of Solidarity, Resistance, and Mobilisation in order to make citizens aware of the current threats to Peoples’ Food Sovereignty.

To this end, we believe that it is important, and absolutely necessary ,to strengthen the alliance between those who work in the countryside and those who work in the city. The human right to food should not only refer to availability; it should also ensure that the available food is wholesome, healthy, and culturally appropriate.

In 1996, in Rome, La Via Campesina introduced Food Sovereignty as the right of the world’s peoples to decide upon their own food and farming policies, giving preference to local production and distribution systems – in the hands of peasants and family farmers – that meet the needs of the population.

Today, taking advantage of the triple alliance between states, banks, and communications media, transnational agri-business gives widespread advertising coverage to the large-scale agricultural model, which, it is argued, is very highly productive and is able solve the food crisis. In reality, however, at this very moment, more than a billion people in the world suffer from hunger and starvation, while the transnational corporations, solely motivated by profit, continue to speculate with food.

Agribusiness drives millions of peasants and family farmers, women and men, off their land and away from their territories, leaving the countryside without farmers, leading to a concentration of control over natural resoures such as land and water, and destroying biodiversity.

Moreover, companies such as Monsanto, Cargill, Bunge, Dupont, and AMD, among others, have taken over and are monopolising world trade in grains and seeds, criminalising the ancestral practice of saving, and exchanging seeds. Agribusiness encourages the indiscriminate use of toxic agricultural chemicals, which both degrade the soil and threaten the lives of farmers, farmworkers, and urban consumers.

On this World Day of Action taking place on October 16th, we peasants and farmers, women and men, of La Via Campesina reaffirm the urgent need for Comprehensive Agrarian Reform as a means of attaining Food Sovereignty; and we endorse agro-ecological production as the alternative farming practice that is consistent with our plans for the future as peasants and family farmers, which also mitigates the effects of climate change and cools the planet down.

Mozambique: peasant backlash in corporate paradise

The ProSavana Master Plan* lays out several business opportunities for companies to invest in and get huge projected returns of between 20%-30% per year. Companies that invest will be able to tap a $2 billion Nacala Fund that is being financed by governments and investors in Japan and Brazil. Although details of this fund areContinue Reading

No to ProSavana

No to ProSavana

(August 2014:, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe): At the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) People’s Summit the Mozambique Union of Farmers, (UNAC), regionalised its “NO To ProSavana” campaign. ProSavana is a mega agri-business project involving Brazil and Japan located in Mozambique. The project, if developed, aims to turn 14.5 million hectares of agricultural land in the Nacala CorridorContinue Reading

GRAIN Report

A new report from GRAIN1 offers a deep analysis of the data available on agricultural systems and food production internationally The report, Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland makes six central conclusions … 1. that the peasantry continue to be those who, on small areasContinue Reading

Great Grabs of Africa

African governments are in the spotlight for their role in the continent’s land grabs which has seen millions of acres end up in the hands of private investors.  Latest reports by a US-based think-tank, Oakland Institute, show that Western transnational corporations and Eastern countries such as China and India have played a big role inContinue Reading

Wilderland Turns 50

Wilderland is celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary this year on Saturday the 29th of March we invite you to come join us for an open day at Wilderland (Comers Rd, Whitianga) to see what we’re about, have a look around, catch up with old friends from our long history, eat, chill, and enjoy loads of greatContinue Reading

Peaceful Uprising in Brazil

Landless Workers Protest Agrarian Reform ​(Brazilia): Around 16 thousand Landless Workers participating in the 6th MST (Landless Workers’ Movement) National Congress made the 9km journey from the Nilson 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 in BrazilContinue Reading

World Bank Funds Terrorists

World Bank Funds Terrorists

Heavily armed police just burned 1,000 homes to the ground to force indigenous families out of the Kenyan forest where they’ve lived for centuries. This desperate community needs our help to save their homes — and the forest — before it’s destroyed forever. >> Sign the petition The World Bank has given millions to the Kenyan forest policeContinue Reading

ILC Land Reform Project

ILC Land Reform Project

The International Land Coalition is calling for expressions of interest in a new initiative it has announced to “influence the formulation and implementation of national land policy for the benefit of the rural poor”. Called the Facility in Support of Innovative and High Impact Targeted Interventions on the ground (FTI). The ILC has identified key countries for substantive long-term engagementContinue Reading