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Via Campesina

Social Movements Gain Momentum in the Fight for Climate Justice

Salena Tramel | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

While welcoming this sense of urgency, tightly knit coalitions of activists stand firm in the belief that communities on the frontlines of the climate crisis hold the real solutions in turning the rising tides -- not the corporate-driven UN agenda.

Mozambican Peasants vs. the Great African Land Grab

Salena Tramel | Posted 12.07.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

Under the surface, investments all too often uproot lives and livelihoods for those who depend on small-scale farming, fishing and pastoralism -- more than 70 percent of the population in the case of Mozambique.

Commemorating the International Day of Peasant Struggle

Salena Tramel | Posted 06.17.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

Sadly, yet not unlike the inception of many commemorative days, the events that inspired the first International Day of Peasant Struggle were soaked with blood.

The True Food Prize Goes to the Haitians

Salena Tramel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Salena Tramel

The 2013 World Food Prize credits Monsanto in the fight against hunger through sustainable agriculture -- yet there is a disconnect between the spirit of the prize and the U.S. agrochemical giant's actual practices.

Via Campesina and the Fight for Seeds

Salena Tramel | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Salena Tramel

The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Monsanto and its patented seeds last Monday by throwing out a case tirelessly petitioned for by organic farmers. It was only last month Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the agricultural giant's "license agreement" yet again.

Women of the World's Largest Peasant Movement Call the Shots

Salena Tramel | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Salena Tramel

Via Campesina serves as a model for social movements by linking agrarian reform with women's advocacy to attain a fair place in society.

Fighting for Family Farmers

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 06.01.2013 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

Family farmers have been and will always continue to be critical to national and global food security. Food Tank will be featuring posts focused on the issues and innovations critical to family farmers around the world, as well as actions everyone can take to support them.

Movements Unite In Mali, Confronting Powerful Interests

Salena Tramel | Posted 01.21.2012 | World
Salena Tramel

Last week, peasants from across Africa and around the world worked together to envision communities where land is more than a commodity.

Peasant, Indigenous Organizations Reject Market Schemes for Global Warming

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Laura Carlsen

There will be no major agreement to stop global warming this week, despite the timed release of a number of reports that show that the phenomenon is advancing more rapidly than expected, with lethal consequences.

The Road to Cancún: Good News on the Climate Crisis

Ronnie Cummins | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ronnie Cummins

The Good News: Growth of the Global Grassroots Dolores Hildalgo, Mexico - Sunday November 28 On a beautiful sunny afternoon several hundred campesin...

An Open Letter on Haitian Agriculture to the CEO of Monsanto

Crossover Dreams | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Crossover Dreams

Monsanto's own corporate history doesn't inspire a lot of trust, and Haitian farmers are not alone in their skepticism of your model and embrace of alternatives.

A Tale of Three Cities: The Global Struggle Over Who Will End Hunger

Eric Holt Gimenez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Eric Holt Gimenez

The possibilities for unleashing the tremendous social dynamism and development potential of farmers and civil society in the war on hunger are more likely with the CFS process.

Why Food Sovereignty Is the New Food Security

Salena Tramel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salena Tramel

Instead of spending their money revitalizing the agricultural sector, NGO programs round up small-scale farmers to build roads and clean out sewage systems in return for food vouchers.

Honduran Coup Turns Violent, Sanctions Imposed

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Carlsen

If the coup leaders were desperate when they decided to forcibly depose the elected president, they are even more desperate now. Stripped of its pretense of legality by universal repudiation and faced with a popular uprising, the coup has turned to more violent means.