January 26-27, 2009: La Via Campesina speaks for food sovereignty at high-level conference

    | January 26, 2009

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    On January 26 and 27, governments, civil society groups, and private organizations meet in Madrid, Spain, to follow up on last year’s High Level Conference on World Food Security. La Via Campesina, an international peasants’ movement, feels that small farmers and food producers around the world, as well as the countries most affected by the food crisis, are marginalized from the process.

    La Via Campesina and COAG (Coordinadora de Organizaciones de Agricultores y Ganaderos) have mobilized representatives of small and medium-scale producers to be present from the beginning of the conference promoting their view of food sovereignty. Their presence will include symbolic action in front of the meeting place, as well as press conferences on both days.

    For interviews with La Via Campesina’s delegates, or for more information, contact:
    -Fergal Anderson, Vía Campesina, at: +34 – 636.636.756, or fergal@eurovia.org
    -Rubén Villanueva, COAG, at: +34 – 629.16.46.12, or: rvillanueva@coag.org
    -Or visit: www.viacampesina.org and www.coag.org.

    For more information about the conference and suggestions on how to cover it for your radio organization, go to: http://weekly.farmradio.org/2009/01/19/january-26-27-2009-%e2%80%9cfood-security-for-all%e2%80%9d-to-be-held-in-madrid-spain/.