The 6th International Conference of La Via Campesina will take place from June 6-13, in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, under the slogans “For the land and sovereignty of the people” and “Solidarity and struggle”. The organizers expect over 100 peasants from all continents to participate.
La Via Campesina reclaims the importance of the struggle for land and the sovereignty of the peoples, while solidarity and mobilization are highlighted as actions to achieve these goals. Real World Radio will be covering the 6th International Conference of La Via Campesina, and will join La Via Campesina’s communication team for joint work.
Mpofu spoke about the impact of capitalism on peasants, about the role of young people and peasant women and of climate change as one of the main challenges faced by farmers. Regarding her new role as La Via Campesina’s International Coordinator, she said she is looking forward to being a great leader to support people and that this is a great achievement in her life. Read more
“We must create dignity and equity conditions for peasant women all around the globe”, said Wendy Cruz to Real World Radio. She is the representative of Vía Campesina Central America. This Honduran leader shared with us her viewpoint on the situation of peasant women around the globe and about the challenge of gender equality in the fight for food sovereignty. Read more
“70% of the food that all human beings can find on their tables is elaborated by us, peasants, artisanal fishermen, people who work on urban agriculture”, said Alberto Gomez, leader of Via Campesina Mexico and a renowned member of Via Campesina International. Read more
After the decision by the 5th International Conference of La Via Campesina held in Maputo in 2008 of moving the movement’s international headquarters from Jakarta, Indonesia to Africa in 2013, there has been a process to identify a specific location. After consultations in Africa, the African members of La Via Campesina submitted a proposal that its international coordination be hosted by ZIMBSOFF, in Zimbabwe. This proposal was taken on and ratified at the 6th International Conference of La Via Campesina held in Jakarta. Read more
We interviewed Africa Mthombeni, chairman of LPM (Landless People’s Movement), who participated in the VI International Conference of Via Campesina in Jakarta, Indonesia. He talked about the vision of the movement and the main issues concerning the future of South Africa. Read more
“We are not only talking about food sovereignty, but of peoples’ sovereignty, and especially of everything related with the advance of US imperialism in Latin America and the intervention in democratic governments”, Nury Martinez leader of the National Unified Agricultural Trade Union Federation of Colombia (FENSUAGRO) told Real World Radio. Read more
Deolinda Carrizo is a member of the Peasant Movement of Santiago del Estero (MOCASE), Argentina. Despite her young age (she is now 30), she has been a longtime activist in the struggle for access to land for peasants, against agribusiness and social injustice. Read more
Women and young people are crucial to achieve food sovereignty, Javier Sanchez told Real World Radio during La Via Campesina’s 6th International Conference that ended last week in Jakarta, Indonesia. He is a member of the Coordination of Farmers and Cattle Grower Organizations of Spain (COAG) and of Via Campesina Europe. Read more
Real World Radio interviewed Zimbabwean peasant Elizabeth Mpofu during La Via Campesina’s (LVC) 6th International Conference held in Jakarta, Indonesia from June 9 to 13. The organization has now moved its international secretariat to Zimbabwe, so the national group of LVC Zimbabwe will be playing a new international role and facing new challenges. Read more
Real World Radio interviewed Nelson Mudzingwa, national coordinator of Zimsoff, a member of La Via Campesina in Zimbabwe during the peasant movement’s 6th International Conference, which is currently taking place in Jakarta, Indonesia. Read more
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