Without Family Farming We Would Not Survive a Pandemic

Ollantay Itzamná Hoe, a tool still in use in family farming. OI. Despite the apparent victory of the “green revolution”, of GM seeds, or the global monopoly of agrochemical production/consumption, many families remained in rural areas, growing their food in rented furrows or “mini-plots”, often against the will of the corporate states. In the region…

Abahlali baseMjondolo: Building Food Sovereignty from Below

There was a serious problem of hunger in South Africa before the Covid-19 lockdown as a result of the long history of colonial dispossession, exploitation and abandonment, all of which continued under the rule of the ANC. There has also been a serious problem with the limited food support that is offered by the state…

Food Security Policy Prevents Hunger in Nicaragua

Yorlis Luna I think when many of us look at the world today we feel like we’re watching a science fiction movie: 22 million officially unemployed in the U.S. while analysts say the true figure may be double that[1],; predictions of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s; and lines up…

Argentine Social Movements Propose a Food Sovereignty Plan

Peoples Dispatch Argentine Social movements, Ciudad Futura and the Frente Patria Grande, proposed a food sovereignty plan that promotes the creation of a public food company to ensure the access to food to vulnerable sections of the society. Photo: MTE Rural In the face of the situation of hunger and poverty caused by the previous…

Return to the Earth, Return to the Garden

Ollantay Itzamná Soil prepared manually for sowing. Chipilín, edible grass. OI The garden cultivates us in the spirituality and identity of the Earth. Every day it shows us who we are, where we come from, and where we are going. I was born, and I grew up in the garden until I was 8 years…

In Times of COVID19 the Peasant Struggle is a Universal Struggle for Life

Ollantay Itzamná Peasant Quechua One of the bases of the concept of development was and is the greatest possible distance of the human being from the earth as an inert element for the economy. The earth was associated with dirt, contagion and unpleasantness. Even sin. Prominent Greek philosophers believed that educated people should not touch…

International Day of Peasant Struggle: Peasant Rights and COVID-19

Pramesh Pokharel Today, April 17, is the International Day of Peasant Struggle. Millions of peasants around the world celebrate this day since 1996. Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, La Via Campesina has issued the slogan, ‘stay home but not silent – in the times of pandemic, peasants are united to feed the people.’ Our 180…

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…