lucky us, to have such reflection represent many, to rejoin our self happens when we give support + join with them..
please take a review of your personal footprint + redirect as you include support for these folks to be heard as they represent the many that ecologically protect our biosphere + give us our food, meanwhile they are abused/killed/lnad grabbed. while yet many legislators/governing bodies are preoccupied in nonhuman related local natural community living.
this is wrong! come together with what sustains you, starting with your local small farm natural grown food + you will see how inefficent the US alone is. especially to not even have a sound 2012 Farm Bill in place to support our communites to house small natural farms as they only can conform with our wild to remain wild, so as to sustain them, along with preventing pests.
it is a short sighted decision to give vaccines, when yet people are not supported to stop misuse/abuse + allowed to produce their local small farmed natural grown food, from saving their own seed. investors can come together in this tapering transition as you reach out + inform them we have solutions for long term sustainable growth, that gives them more then funds, rather gives all life rights.
please share with these folks your/our solutions as your voice is heard in Durban along with giving support to our local communites, as you prioritize the 2012 Farm Bill in US..
thank you, our combined` effect makes a difference for peace to be had by all ASAP.
Climate talks: La Via Campesina press spokespersons in Durban
The international peasant's movement La Via Campesina and its South African member, the Landless Peoples Movement, are in Durban to make the voice of small-scale farmers and rural people heard, during the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that is taking place in Durban, from 28 November to 9 December 2011.
Bellow is the list of keys spokespersons for press in Durban (see contact number below)
Name: Alberto Gomez Flores ( UNORCA, Mexico)
Description of work: Alberto Gomez, of the National Union of Regaional Autonomas Peasant Organizations (UNORCA) is the co-coordinator of Via Campesina North America. He played a key role or organizing WTO protests in Cancún, in the historic mobilization “El Campo No Aguanta Mas” and most recently at the COP-16 in Cancún, in December 2010. He is involved in current campaigns to protect native seeds in Mexico, and promote food sovereignty as an alternative. He also coordinates the International Working Comission on Biodiversity of La Via Campesina.
Expertise: Climate justice, COP climate negotiations from peasant perspective, REDD++, GMOs and corn, seeds, biodiversity, free trade agreements, NAFTA, Transnational Corporations
Language: Spanish (Interpretation available)
Name: Renaldo Chingore João (UNAC, Mozambique)
Description of work: Renaldo Chingore João is one of the prominent leaders of the Mozambican Union of Farmers. He led this movement for more than 10 years. He is member of the International Coordination Committee of La Via Campesina, representing Southern, Eastern and Central Africa.
Expertise: Land reform, land grabbing, peasant agriculture, agroecology, GMOs, AGRA
Language: Portuguese (Interpretation available)
Name: Chavannes JEAN-BAPTISTE ( Peasant Movement of Papaye, MPP - Haiti)
Description of work: Chavannes Jean-Baptiste is one of the historic leaders of the Peasant Movement of Papaye and co-coordinator of La Via Campesina in the Carribean. He is an expert in peasant agriculture methods. Recently, he is a key leader in the Hatian food sovereignty movement and against military occupation of Haiti. The food sovereignty campaign in Haiti mobilized thousands of peasants to oppose the Monsanto donation of hybrid seeds to Haiti in response to the disaster.
Expertise: COP climate negotiations, climate justice, peasant agriculture, agroecology, seeds, soils, forests, militarization/ occupation
Languages: French, Spanish, English
Name: Elizabeth Mpofu (ZIMSOFF, ZImbabwe)
Description of work: Elizabeth Mpofu, has a strong expression on the arena of Women leaders in Zimbabwe. She is the lady chair of the Eastern and Southern Small Scale Farmers (ESAFF) coalition.
Expertise: Land Reform, Agroecology, peasant agriculture
Name: Davine Witbooi
Description of work: Davine Witbooi lives in an informal settlement in the rural town Lutzville in the Western Caper. Former activist in the unions for agricultural workers. She is former convenor of the campaign, leading the struggle against Monsanto and Syngenta in the Lutzville area
Expertise: GMO´s, multinational seed companies, Agrarian reform
Name: Marco Fernandes (Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign, South Africa)
Description of work: Marco is member of the Landless Peoples Movement of Brazil (MST).
Expertise: Land Reform, Land Occupation, Monocultures, GMOs, Food Sovereignty
Languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish
Name: Alexander Heubuch ( jABL, German)
Description of work: Alexander Heubuch is a mechanical engineer and dairy farmer from the southern part of Germany. He is member of junge ABL, the youth organization of a German famers Organization of small family famers
Expertise: Farming, renewable energies, combustion related processes of energy productio
Languages: English, German
Name: Johan Jantjies (Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty Campaign, South Africa)
Description of work: Johan Jantjies is currently the convenor of the campaign. Part of Ithemba progressive farmers association who occupied land for agricultural purpose in the City of Cape Town. With his family, Johan Jantjies also backyard dweller. His was an activist during the anti apartheid struggle.
Expertise: Land and Agrarian Reform, Food Sovereignty, Climate Issue
Name: Africa Mtombene
Description of work: Africa Mtombeni is the Chairperson of the Landless Peoples Movement, members of LVC in South Africa.
Expertise: Land Reform, Agroecology
For interviews, please contact:
+27(0)736509229 (Local number)
La Via Campesina
Via Campesina is an international movement of peasants, small- and medium-sized producers, landless, rural women, indigenous people, rural youth and agricultural workers. We are an autonomous, pluralist and multicultural movement, independent of any political, economic, or other type of affiliation. Born in 1993, La Via Campesina now gathers about 150 organisations in 70 countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.
International Operational Secretariat:
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