Family Farm Organizations From U.S., Canada Oppose Signing Of New NAFTA
The reworked agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico neglects the demands of farm groups
MINNEAPOLIS—The original North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been devastating for family farmers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It has promoted global agribusiness interests at the cost of family farmers and contributed to the economic and social erosion of rural communities. Rather than answer the demands of family farm groups across North Read more
UN Adopts Declaration on the Rights of Peasants
The Third Committee of the UN General Assembly approved the Declaration on the rights of peasants and other people working in rural areas this afternoon, expressing the widespread support for the promotion and protection of human rights for an often neglected population. It was approved by a recorded vote of 119 in favour to 7 against, with 49 abstentions. Read more
NFU urges Canada to support Declaration for the Rights of Peasants at United Nations
The National Farmers Union (NFU) urges Canada to vote in favour of the United Nations (UN) Declaration for the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas when it goes before the 3rd Committee session of the General Assembly. Read more
Over 200 Global Food Movement Leaders and Organizations Reject “Gene Drives”
Global food movement leaders and organizations representing hundreds of millions of farmers and food workers today set out their clear opposition to “gene drives” – a controversial new genetic forcing technology. A new report, Forcing the Farm, lifts the lid on how gene drives may harm food and farming systems. Read more
NFU calls on the Canadian government to address food insecurity
Saskatoon—On the occasion of World Food Day, the National Farmers Union (NFU) calls on the Canadian government to take action to address food insecurity both nationally and internationally. Read more
World Bank–IMF Guilty of Promoting Land Grabs, Increasing Inequality, says LVC
At a meeting of La Via Campesina facilitated by Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) in Bali, peasant organisations from Asia, Africa, Americas and Europe have unanimously held World Bank and IMF responsible for facilitating large scale land grab, deforestation and ocean grabbing around the world, which has led to inequality, poverty and global hunger. Read more
UN Human Rights Council passes a resolution adopting the peasant rights declaration in Geneva
Seventeen years of long and arduous negotiations later, peasants and other people working in rural areas are only a step away from having a UN Declaration that could defend and protect their rights to land, seeds, biodiversity, local markets and a lot more. Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Summer 2018
Messages from the Editorial Advisory Committee, NFU President Coral Sproule, NFU Women's President Katie Ward, NFU Youth President Stuart Oke and Regional Reports. Read more
NA groups call for immediate suspension of the accelerated NAFTA talks
The political and economic climate under which Canada, Mexico and the United States began the NAFTA renegotiations in 2017 has deteriorated drastically in 2018. Organizations from all three countries call on their governments to immediately suspend the NAFTA talks until a proper climate for trade negotiations can be reestablished. Read more
Union Farmer Quarterly: Spring 2018
Restoring Resilience, Regenerating the Farm • Remembering Andreas Pfenning • Cultivating Communities: Three Experiences from the NFU • Fostering Conversations with New Canadians with an Interest in Farming • Voices from the Field - Terrylynn Brant: Mohawk Mother, Grandmother and Lifelong Farmer • The Beingessner Award for Excellence in Writing - Call for 2018 entries • UN Human Rights Initiative Supports Peasants, Family Farmers and Farm Workers • Letter of Solidarity to Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) Read more