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UN General Assembly resolution on the International Year of Family Farming

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On March 2012, the UN General Assembly decided to declare the year 2014, the International Year of Family Farming. This UN resolution affirms that family farming and smallholder farming are an important basis for sustainable food production aimed at achieving food security and encouraged States in this respect, to undertake activities within their respective national development programmes. International Year of Family Farming, 2014

Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity

International agreement created with the aim of sharing the benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources in a fair and equitable way. Entered into force on 12 October 2014. Nagoya Protocol

La Via Campesina welcomes the UN Human Rights Council move to challenge corporate impunity

La Via Campesina Press Release

(Switzerland, Geneva, June 27, 2014) La Via Campesina welcomes the resolution approved at the UN Human Rights Council to draw up a binding treaty to punish the crimes of transnational companies (TNC’s). “This is a victory for peasants, who in most cases are unable to access legal systems to take actions against the impunity of TNCs. Also, looking at the current agricultural activities that have been captured by multinational companies, the instrument will be a great tool for the victims to file cases against land-grabbing by TNCs. We thank the initiating countries and the countries that voted in favour.” said Themba Chauke from the South African Landless Peoples Movement, a member of La Via Campesina.

Violence, evictions, intimidation, the criminalisation of struggles as well as assassinations of farmers who are defending their livelihood, their land and their communities have become common practice used by agribusiness, TNCs, local elites and governments. This violence is linked to the privatization of nature, the concentration of land and the increased corporate control of the food chain. (more…)

A victory on our path to an international declaration on the rights of peasants

b_350_0_16777215_00___images_Part_1.2.2.png(Switzerland, Geneva, June 27, 2014) On June 27th, the United Nations Human Rights Council Assembly passed a resolution authorising the continuation of the process of drafting an international declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas. Bolivia is in charge of starting up informal consultations between States and civil society as well as organising the second session of of the Intergovernmental Open-Ended Working Group, which is scheduled to take place in November 2014.

The declaration project originated with the Via Campesina, and it is the fruit of ten years of work on the part of this international movement which is comprised of more than 164 organisations in 73 countries. (more…)