Saturday, August 6, 2011
Via Campesina at the World Food Security Committee
I recently learned that farmer and civil society organizations like the Via Campesina now have a structured participation in the FAO's food security committee. This is a good thing, because they add nuance to the viewpoints of governments, industry, and international organizations. Anyway, here's a statement that Via Campesina contributed to the process of defining guidelines for responsible use of land and natural resources. They understandably stress the primordial importance of peasant farming for feeding the world today and tomorrow, which implies that corporate landgrabbing is not good for peasant or the rest of us, and that countries must work for agrarian reform to help strengthen the capacities of the peasantry to feed the world.