Hello! I came to Brussels on 21st October 2014. This is my first time in this city, everything is new for me. Another city, different languages, different people. I arrived to airport at end of the day. Thanks to Brenda indications I wasn’t lost in the city. The most difficult was finding the street, because people who approached did not known the office. I texted Brenda and she guided me to the office. She showed me the whole house, and I was quite impressed by its size.
When I applied to the Leonardo da Vinci Programme, the University of Lisbon told me about MIJARC, after some research about its work, I was very excited about coming. What attracted me in MIJARC, was the possibility of getting to know the work of your organization, the challenges and difficulties you’re experiencing.
Brenda asked me, what I expected from this stage? I got several days to think about that.
Of course I was interested to learn the practical aspects of how to do certain tasks, activities, help with my work.etc… But what interests me much more is to know the aspirations of the team, the techniques used to motivate others, your expectations about the future of MIJARC.
I’m from a rural areas and know all the difficulties people coming from there have, it’s very important to have an organization concerned with our problems. I believe the youth movements are fundamental in society, not only the school and families are responsible for the education of young people, I think it is in this movements, informal, that young people have the opportunity to express themselves more freely. During my life I was part of various youth movements and these were fundamental for my personal and social development. I hope this experience will be an exchange of opinions and visions about the youth movements and a big opportunity for me to deepen new knowledge.
I hope to enjoy exploring the city and its history and to improve my English and French.
See you in Brussels!
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World Food Day stresses need for innovation, participation and inclusion
While substantial progress has been made in the fight against hunger in recent years, more than 800 million people remain hungry and efforts need to be increased to reach the global target of cutting the percentage of hungry people in half by 2015, said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva in his opening remarks at the annual World Food Day ceremony, held at FAO Headquarters in Rome.
The estimated 500 million family farms, which make up nine out of ten farms worldwide, play a key role in scaling up food production to meet the needs of a growing world population. "At the same time, many family farmers, especially subsistence producers, are part of the 70 percent of the world's food-insecure population that lives in rural areas," said Graziano da Silva.
"Family farmers need to be protagonists of innovation. Only this way can they take ownership of the process and ensure that the solutions offered respond to their needs," he added.
In her keynote speech, Queen Máxima of the Netherlands emphasised the importance of financial inclusion as a key tool to enable farmers to protect themselves from income shocks and as a central component in any ambitious efforts to end hunger. This includes access to savings accounts, loans and credits.
"We know through empirical evidence that when smallholder farmers are offered savings accounts, they save even more, invest more, and have higher harvest proceeds as a result," she said, adding that without the hard work of family farmers, the success story of lifting 100 million people out of chronic hunger over the last decade could not have been achieved.
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Food Sovereignty is the right of the world’s peoples to produce and to consume healthy food. Food cannot be reduced to a commodity in the hands of the transnational corporations.
The international peasant and family farmer movement, La Via Campesina, is calling upon its member organisations across the world, and on grassroots organisations, allied social groups, and concerned consumers to be part of the World Day of Action for Peoples’ Food Sovereignty and against transnational corporations, on October 16th, 2014.
Every year, La Via Campesina organises this Day of solidarity, resistance, and mobilisation in order to make citizens aware of the current threats to Peoples’ Food Sovereignty.
To this end, we believe that it is important, and absolutely necessary ,to strengthen the alliance between those who work in the countryside and those who work in the city. The human right to food should not only refer to availability ; it should also ensure that the available food is wholesome, healthy, and culturally appropriate.
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The delegation of La Via Campesina, gathered in Rome for the meeting of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), reiterates its rejection of the ongoing negotiations of several free trade agreements such as the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiated between the US and EU), TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), and CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement negotiated between the EU and Canada). We do this within the framework of the Global Day of Action against TTIP and in solidarity with the 16th October, the Global Day of Action for Food Sovereignty. The delegation is participating in the 41stsession of the CFS where the 10th anniversary of the Right to Food Guidelines is being celebrated. For small-scale farmers there is no reason to celebrate however, as the implementation of the Guidelines has not advanced at all. Conversely, trade negotiations, contrary to the Right to Food, are advancing at a concerning pace.
The promotion of competition through the suppression of tariffs and standards is strengthening an agricultural and food system increasingly controlled by multinationals. The neoliberal trade paradigm is blind to social, environmental, and human rights standards and only benefits the profits and control of a few transnational corporations. The increased commodification of food does not respect or support the right to food.
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