This from La Via Campesina:
When it comes to food, agriculture, and rural livelihoods, peasant agriculture and local food systems have proven themselves capable of feeding people for centuries. According to the UN Environment Programme, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, FAO and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, small farmers today still produce up to 80% of the food in non-industrialized countries (where the majority of the world's people live). That is why we in La Vía Campesina declare once again that Food Sovereignty – based on peasant agroecology, traditional knowledge, selecting, saving and sharing local adoptive seeds, and control over our lands, biodiversity, waters, and territories – is a true, viable, and just solution to a global climate crisis. To implement Food Sovereignty, we need justice – social, economic, political, and climate justice.
In the run-up to COP21 – scheduled for 30 November to 11 December in Paris, France – La Vía Campesina, representing some 200 million farmers in over 150 peasant organizations, calls on governments to prioritize people's needs over corporate interests and agree to real climate solutions – including peasant-based food systems that cool the planet – when they meet at COP21. Our solutions are real solutions, and should be prioritized by the UN. To ensure our voice is heard, we will be mobilized alongside millions of migrants, farmers, workers, women, young people, students, and climate justice activists expected on the streets of Paris.
We call on all social movements, people's organizations, civil society and activists from all over the world to mobilize in the context of COP21, to come to Paris in great number and also in a decentralized way in order to advance our proposals and show our opposition to the false solutions TNCs have inserted into the UNFCCC. Governments and delegations have dragged their feet for way too long, and must now meet the needs and expectations of the world's people. Now is the time for true solutions, and for Food Sovereignty.
Key Dates to Remember :
[November 28th/29th] Initial Mass Mobilizations for Climate Justice;
[November 29th] Descentralized Global Mobilizations for Climate Justice ;
[December 5/6th] Global Village / Popular Alternatives Fair;
[December 9th] "Peasant Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Day";
[December 12th] "Last Word" Mass Mobilizations for Climate Justice.
FOOD SOVEREIGNTY IS A TRUE SOLUTION TO THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CRISIS
PEASANT AGROECOLOGY FEEDS THE WORLD AND COOLS THE EARTH
CLIMATE JUSTICE INCLUDES MIGRANTS, YOUTH AND WOMEN