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First Global Encounter on Agroecology and Peasant Seeds

Surin Declaration

November 6 -12, 2012
Wednesday 13 February 2013 by LRAN
Surin, Thailand. La Via Campesina International delegates, representing our regional member organizations, are meeting in Surin province of Thailand in Asia to have the First Global Encounter on Agroecology and Seeds. The main objective is for La Via Campesina to share experience and construct (...)

Food Sovereignty and Alternative Paradigms to Confront Land Grabbing and the Food and Climate Crises

Peter M. Rosset
Wednesday 13 February 2013 by LRAN

KEYWORDS La Via Campesina; food sovereignty; food crisis; agrarian reform

Preventing hunger: Change economic policy

Wednesday 13 February 2013 by LRAN

Simply giving people food is not enough to prevent famine, says Peter Rosset. Instead, we need to overhaul the policies that have upended the food supply.

Practices of the Zapatistas and the Movimento Sem Terra

Participatory Democracy in Action

Amory Starr, María Elena Martínez-Torres, and Peter Rosset
Wednesday 13 February 2013 by LRAN

Participatory democracy has been studied as an auxiliary to state processes and as an institutional and cultural part of social movements. Studies of the use of participa- tory democracy by the Zapatistas of Mexico and the Movimento Sem Terra (Landless Movement—MST) of Brazil show a shared concern with autonomy, in particular avoidance of demobilization through the clientelism and paternalism induced by gov- ernment programs and political parties. Both movements stress training in democracy (the experience of “being government”) and the obligation to participate. Detailed examination of their governance practices may be helpful to communities building democratic movements in other places.

Keywords: Democracy, Social movements, Governance, Zapatistas, Movimento Sem Terra, MST

social process methodology in the construction of sustainable peasant agriculture and food sovereignty

The Campesino-to-Campesino agroecology movement of ANAP in Cuba

Peter Michael Rosset, Braulio Machín Sosa, Adilen María Roque Jaime and Dana Rocío Avila Lozano
Wednesday 13 February 2013 by LRAN
Agroecology has played a key role in helping Cuba survive the crisis caused by the collapse of the socialist bloc in Europe and the tightening of the US trade embargo. Cuban peasants have been able to boost food production without scarce and expensive imported agricultural chemicals by first (...)

Rural Social Movements and Agroecology: Context, Theory, and Process

Peter M. Rosset and Maria Elena Martínez-Torres
Wednesday 13 February 2013 by LRAN

Rosset, P. M., and M. E. Martínez-Torres. 2012. Rural social movements and agroecology: context, theory, and process. Ecology and Society 17(3): 17. http://dx.doi.org/10.5751/ES-05000-...

UNAC statement on the ProSavana Programme

Nampula, October 11th 2012
Wednesday 24 October 2012 by LRAN

We, peasants of the Provincial Nucleus of Peasants in Nampula, the Provincial Nucleus of Peasants in Zambezia, the Provincial Peasants Union of Niassa and the Provincial Union of Peasants of Cabo Delgado, and who are all members of the National Peasants’ Union (UNAC), met on the 11th of October 2012, in the town of Nampula with the aim of discussing and analyzing the ProSavana Programme.

Recent trends in the Sugarcane Industry


A report by the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights
Monday 15 October 2012 by LRAN

This article presents information on the latest trends in ethanol production in Brazil and their relation to the global economic crisis. We highlight the role of financial capital, its linkage to the territorial expansion of agribusiness and the impacts of this expansion on labour relations and disputes over the land of indigenous peoples and peasant farmers.

Land Not for Sale in Myanmar

Background Information
Friday 12 October 2012 by LRAN

Smallholder agriculture is the foundation of Myanmar’s culture, and the bedrock of the nation’s local and national economies as well as food security. The country’s poetry, literature and art all reflect the prominent role of rural farming life.

Statement by political parties and civil society

in response to the Second Commercial Farm Asia 11-12 Oct 2012, Yangon, Myanmar
Friday 12 October 2012 by LRAN
Statement by political parties and civil society in response to the Second Commercial Farm Asia 11-12 Oct 2012, Yangon, Myanmar While disputes over land tenure in the region are on-going and cannot be settled, the lease and disposal of land to outsiders must not be permitted. Proper (...)

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