We are looking for dynamic people who are willing to participate in the creation of a successful Forum and a meaningful experience! The deadline to submit the application is 1 October 2016. Good luck with the selection process and see you in Cluj Napoca!
We are happy to invite media representatives to come and cover the 2nd Nyéléni Europe Forum for Food Sovereignty – the biggest ever convergence of Pan-European food sovereignty movements. Up to 1,000 people from 42 countries – small-scale farmers, fishers, pastoralists, consumers, urban gardeners, indigenous peoples, researchers, agricultural workers, environmentalists, human rights defenders and trade unionists – will reunite in Romania, Cluj Napoca.
We are still determined to maintain the voices of civil society in Paris. We will be stepping up in solidarity, making it clear that Paris is still a lively, friendly city. We will not give in to terrorists who want to sow fear, or to the French (and other) governments who want to exclude the voices of those building a peaceful and harmonious society from the ground up.
This year, once more, the Nyéléni Europe Movement for Food Sovereignty calls to take action on the Global Day of Action for Food Sovereignty on the 16th of October to reaffirm the vision of the right of all peoples to define their own food and agriculture policies and systems, without harming either people or precious natural resources, as Food Sovereignty implies.
Viacampesina TV is a mirror of our daily lives, our dreams and our struggles. La Via Campesina took the opportunity of its 20th anniversary to launch a new website, full of voices, faces, people and music. It gathers both audio-visual and cultural creations of the peasant organizations, whether members of La Via Campesina or not, with material produced by friends, allies, or occasionally by mainstream media.
Dear Nyéléni Europe Friends, it is now two years since we held the first European Forum for Food Sovereignty in Krems, Austria between 16-21. August 2011. As a first step, the Forum was a catalyzer to reinforce our collective aims; it provided us a dynamic space constructed for change the way society today organizes around food and agriculture.
"...Today, we are facing a major crisis in our history, which is systemic. Food, labour, energy, economic, climate, ecological, ethical, social, political and institutional systems are collapsing in many parts of the world. The growing energy crisis in a context of fossil fuel depletion is being addressed with false solutions ranging from agrofuels to nuclear energy which are among the greatest threats to life on earth.
The dramatic environmental, economic and social crises that we are currently observing have surprisingly not led to a complete change in the direction taken by most national and international elites. On the contrary, we are seeing an increased offensive by economic super-powers to grab all the resources still available to make a profit. Land has become a valuable commodity entering speculative trade, followed by water, seeds etc. This hyper-commercialisation of the commons leads to a massive dispossession of the people who are simply living on the land. Women and men farmers are particularly affected.
At the same time, resistance is blooming everywhere. All over the world, urban and rural communities hit by the same wave of privatisation and destruction of life are resisting against transnational companies which impose the rule of profit over the people's needs and rights.
The international farmers’ movement La Via Campesina is mobilizing this year by continuing to oppose the current international offensive by some States and large corporations to grab land from farmers, women and men, who have been cultivating it for centuries. We are also opposing the commercialization of nature and the Commons, that leads to a massive dispossession of people who are simply living on the land. Farmers, be they men or women are particularly affected.
The report, involving 25 authors from 11 countries, reveals the hidden scandal of how a few big private business entities have gained control of ever-greater areas of European land. It exposes how these land elites have been actively supported by a huge injection of public funds – at a time when all other public funding is being subjected to massive cuts. While some of these processes – in particular ever-increasing land concentration -- are not new, they have accelerated in recent decades in particular in Eastern Europe. They have also paved the way for a new sector of foreign and domestic actors to emerge on the European stage, many tied into increasingly global commodity chains, and all looking to profit from the increasingly speculative commodity of land.