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Responsibly Destroying the World’s Peasantry

In In Solidarity on 15/06/2010 at 8:50 am

The only “win-win” will be accomplished when small-scale farmers can grow safe, healthy food for local communities.  We support Olivier De Schutter as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food – and believe that international institutions must be held to the higher standards.

Olivier De Schutter (Project Syndicate)

BRUSSELS – The World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretariat recently presented seven “Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment.” The principles seek to ensure that large-scale land investments result in “win-win” situations, benefiting investors and directly affected communities alike. But, though well-intended, the principles are woefully inadequate. Read the rest of this entry »

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What the North Needs

In Uncategorized on 11/12/2009 at 11:35 am

(Daniel Hertzberg)

December 7, 2009

Op-Ed Contributor

Cap and Fade

By JAMES HANSEN

AT the international climate talks in Copenhagen, President Obama is expected to announce that the United States wants to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to about 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050. But at the heart of his plan is cap and trade, a market-based approach that has been widely praised but does little to slow global warming or reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. It merely allows polluters and Wall Street traders to fleece the public out of billions of dollars. Read the rest of this entry »

La Via Campesina: Why We Left Our Farms to Come to Copenhagen

In In Solidarity on 11/12/2009 at 10:04 am

Speech of Henry Saragih, general coordinator of Via Campesina at the opening session of Klimaforum By La Via Campesina

CommonDreams.org, December 8, 2009

Straight to the Source

We, the international peasant movement La Via Campesina, are coming to Copenhagen from all five corners of the world, leaving our farmland, our animals, our forest, and also our families in the hamlets and villages to join you all.

Why is it so important for us to come this far? There are a number of reasons for that. Firstly, we would like to tell you that climate change is already seriously impacting us. It brings floods, droughts and the outbreak of pests that are all causing harvest failures. I must point out that these harvest failures are something that the farmers did not create. Instead, it is the polluters who caused the emissions who destroy the natural cycles. So, we small scale farmers came here to say that we will not pay for their mistakes. And we are asking the emitters to face up to their responsibilities. Read the rest of this entry »

AAN Photo Updates

In Farmers Groups, Meetings, Network Events, Research on 11/10/2009 at 3:35 pm

Please click on the photos below to see slideshows from some of the AAN’s recent activities

Esan Green Market Network Meeting – Mahasarakam, Oct. 8

P’ Mao’s Contract Farming Research Conclusion – Mahasarakam Agriculture University, Oct. 7

Asian People’s Solidarity for Climate Justice – Bangkok, Oct. 3-5

Indigenous Seed Saving Exchange with the ANN North – participants from Nan, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Prae, Mahasarakam, Yasothon, Kalasin – Sept. 20-22

Climate Justice!

In In Solidarity, Network Events on 11/10/2009 at 8:35 am

For Immediate Release

October 3-4, Bangkok, Thailand – This weekend the Alternative Agriculture Network joined with environmental networks, civil society organizations and peoples’ movements for the two-day climate conference, “Asian Peoples’ Solidarity for Climate Justice.”  This conference was organized by the Thai Working Group for Climate Justice as a parallel event to the Climate Change Talks hosted at the United Nations in Bangkok.  As an organization of small-scale farmers directly affected by climate change, we view the UN policy-making process as important challenges for our network to engage with.  On October 4, AAN Esan coordinator Ubon Yoowah spoke on a panel focusing on Reducing Emissions Deforestation and Degradation (REDD).  The presentation focused on 4 major points:

  1. The Alternative Agriculture Network works to create small-scale sustainable agriculture systems.  We believe that sustainable agriculture creates ecological balance and utilizes carbon that would otherwise be emitted in less efficient systems.
  2. Large-scale production and agro-industry destroys nature’s balance and production processes emit the three major greenhouse gasses, especially nitrous oxide and methane.  Feedlots and CAFOs are significant examples of this environmentally destructive process.
  3. Biofuels are promoted as a solution and opportunity for producers in the Global South, but will only create greater resource exploitation and competition.  This will especially be the case when integrated into carbon markets and trading.
  4. The UN must support sustainable agriculture and develop mechanisms for farmer-based education, research and participation.  The UN must also support community energy production and management as an alternative to large-scale production schemes.

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