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Cuba’s Agro-Ecology Movement and What We Can Learn From It

By ELSPETH HAY • FEB 20, 2020 ShareTweetEmail COURTESY GREG WATSON After the Cold War Cuba was forced to grapple with a series of agricultural crises when their industrial system suddenly lost access to chemical fertilizers, fossil fuels, and pesticides. In 2014, MDAR Commissioner at the time Greg Watson traveled to Cuba to study the … Continue reading

Via Campesina denounces UN Special Envoy for the UN Food Systems Summit for diminishing peasants and their rights

26 FEBRUARY 2020 VIA CAMPESINA In December 2019, it was officially announced that the UN Headquarters in New York will host a Food Systems Summit in 2021. The Summit aims to maximize the benefits of a food systems approach across the entire 2030 Agenda, meet the challenges of climate change, make food systems inclusive, and … Continue reading

Three Big Battles for Global Food Policy Looming

World Food Systems Summit is part of a three-pronged corporate food policy power grab February 12, 2020—A corporate alliance (consisting of Big Ag, the World Economic Forum, philanthro-capitalists and others) have spearheaded three separate initiatives (the Food Systems Summit, restructuring research institutions, acceleration of data collection) which threaten to converge and utterly transform the multilateral … Continue reading

​Cuba’s Urban Farming Shows Way to Avoid Hunger​

  By Paul Brown When countries run short of food, they need to find solutions fast, and one answer can be urban farming. That was the remedy Cuba seized with both hands 30 years ago when it was confronted with the dilemma of an end to its vital food imports. And what worked then for … Continue reading

Urgent: Food sovereignty delegation to Venezuela – witness effects of sanctions and responses on the ground (January 3-12, 2020)

What’s going on right now in Venezuela? Come see for yourself how Venezuelans are coping with US economic sanctions designed to cause a social implosion. Sensationalized reports of Venezuelans eating zoo animals and rotten garbage present a distorted picture of what is happening in Venezuela. The media also omits serious analysis of the role of … Continue reading

The Indigenous Worldview Is Our Only Hope for Survival

“Want a different ethic? Tell a different story.” – Thomas King The recent U.S.-supported overthrowof Bolivia’s Indigenous president, Evo Morales, is but one example of how endemic anti-Indigenous sentiment is within neoliberal movements. This includes many of us who are influenced by their hegemonic strategies and media, including the Organization of American States, which acceptedthe legitimacy of right-wing Morales … Continue reading

The weaponisation of food is taking a new form. It could change warfare

    Manmohan Bahadur Insect Allies, a defence programme, may enable attacks on an adversary’s food crops, with far-reaching impact An essay, “War is not over”, in the latest issue of the Foreign Affairs magazine, argues that contrary to popular thinking, war is as prevalent as before. It is only that it has become less … Continue reading

A New Generation of Black Farmers Is Returning to the Land

  Leah Penniman wrote this article for YES! Magazine. Leah is co-founder of Soul Fire Farm and author of Farming While Black. They are working to repair harm inflicted over the past 400 years, with an eye toward reparations. “Imagine your neighbor stole your cow. A few weeks later the neighbor comes over, laden with remorse, to … Continue reading

La Via Campesina’s Call to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

  19 NOVEMBER 2019 CAMPAIGN TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, PATRIACHY, WOMEN (Harare, November 19, 2019) From 25 to 30 November 2019, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, La Via Campesina is calling upon its members and allies to carry out mobilizations and actions to strengthen our collective struggle for … Continue reading

Urban farming as a response to climate-driven food crises: Cuba shows the way

                                 by Paul Brown Climate News Network, November 12, 2019   When countries run short of food, they need to find solutions fast, and one answer can be urban farming. That was the remedy Cuba seized with both hands 30 … Continue reading

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