La Via Campesina demands climate justice

Davine Witbooi of La Via Campesina speaking to journalist in Harare on Climate Change in Africa

By Yvonne Manjengwa and Charmaine Makayi

La Via Campesina in Southern and Eastern Africa is demanding for climate justice to regional government so as to improve farming production.

Addressing journalists at a press conference held  at Media Centre today, representatives of La Via Campesina said climate change continues to affect them and very little was achieved in terms of agreeing and adopting real situations to the increasingly changing of climate.

According to Davine Witbooi of Landless People’s Movement (South Africa), the government of South Africa is not transforming anything especially in Cape Town where there is no water for peasants to irrigate their plants.

“The government imposes a lot of policies on climate change but they are not implemented. They claim they will do something about climate change but nothing has been done. That is why we have come with a solution of agroecology where we believe we have the answer to climate change.”

Elizabeth Mpofu, the chairperson of the Zimbabwe Small Holder Farmers Form and general coordinator of La Via Campesina International said they are demanding an involvement of civil society organisations and movements in decision making process regarding climate change.

In a statement, African governments were said to be “Failing to propose African indigenous solutions to climate change, limiting themselves to adopting ‘strange’ ideas such as climate Smart Agriculture and imposing them to farmers across the continent.”

Peasant farmers and other grassroots communities were also reported to have excluded from the equation thereby silencing their voices.

La Via Campesina is an international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and mediums size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world including 17 African countries.

 

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