Popular Agrarian Reform and the Struggle for Land in Brazil

The Tricontinental March organised by the MST in 2018 to demand former President Luiz Inácio da Silva’s release from jail. More than 5,000 landless workers marched over 50 kilometres in four days.Júlia Dolce Introduction The land question is central to understanding political life and society in Brazil. The country has enormous landed estates, known as…

Food Sovereignty in an Era of Authoritarian and Fascist Resurgence

The new edition of the Nyéléni Newsletter is now online!  In every region of the world, we are seeing the rise and consolidation of social, political and cultural forces that are racist, xenophobic, misogynist, male chauvinist, homo-lesbo-transphobic, anti-pacifist, anti-democratic and totalitarian. (…) The authoritarian/fascist regimes that have risen over the past decade are notably dangerous…

Venezuela: Farmers Resist Economic Blockade by Increasing Food Production

Boaventura Monjane Due to the illegal sanctions imposed on the country by the United States (U.S.) and its allies, the import of food, seeds, fertilizers, machinery, and other basic necessities has been restricted in Venezuela. As a result, food production registered a 60 percent decrease at the national level, but small and medium-scale farmers in…

Declaration of the International Solidarity Mission of La Via Campesina in Venezuela

(Caracas, Friday 31 January 2020) The delegation of La Via Campesina composed of representatives from Europe, North America, South America and Central America together with popular journalists from Africa and South America, announce to the national and international community that we have concluded the First International Solidarity Mission in Venezuela, carried out from 20 to…

Venezuela: Fighting the Economic War ‘People to People’

Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! As US sanctions attempt to strangle Venezuela, costing over $130bn, blocking imports of food and medicine and contributing to the deaths of at least 40,000 people; popular power initiatives are fighting back, building an alternative to the shortages and inflation inflicted by the cruel blockade and economic crisis. One such initiative…

Venezuela: Harvesting 202 Days of Victories Consolidates People’s Power

Pablo Giménez On completion of the goal of 202 days of production, distribution and consumption of food under the working methodology of the Plan Pueblo a Pueblo, we believe it is necessary to make several observations and acknowledgements to the group of people whose work has made this initiative possible. Firstly, the recently reached milestone…

Agroecology as Resistance: The Case of Venezuela

Miguel Angel Núñez He who believes, believes He who creates, creates The doer transforms himself And the society he lives in. Mayan Proverb – EZLN Agroecology in the different agricultural productive spaces and at a global level, is positioning itself as the only valid option to advance and overcome the different onslaughts that globalizing corporate…

Venezuela’s National Productive Alliance: Food Production in Times of War

Producing the food the country needs is a basic element of any economy, beyond the political character of its government. In a besieged and economically blockaded Venezuela, this becomes central, strategic. One of the planes where in recent times the population has been attacked has been precisely in its capacity to acquire the necessary food…

Bolivia: Land in the Hands of Those Who Work It

Nara Romero Rams Eighty percent of Bolivia’s arable land is in the hands of peasants, a policy implemented by the government of President Evo Morales since 2006 that benefited 48,634 farming families. The distribution of three million 366,589 hectares to date for the production of vegetables, tubers, fruit trees and other products for the family…

National Productive Alliance: Production as Resistance

The alternatives to confront the current situation in our country are emerging at different points. Initiatives promoted by different sectors, the government, social organizations, communes, peasant sectors, professionals and workers in the big cities. In recent weeks, the U.S. government has deepened the criminal blockade even further, attacking the general population more directly. Measures that…

UN Decade of Family Farming: Peasants Voice Their Hopes and Concerns

In December 2017, the UN General Assembly declared 2019-2028 as the “United Nations Decade of Family Farming” and mandated the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to implement the Decade. The resolution of the General Assembly also called on governments, international organizations and civil society organizations to…