The goal of this amazing project is to raise funds to get an Australian delegation of 4 family farmers and 2 supporters to the 6th La Via Campesina International Conference being held at Jakarta in June this year. To support this project go to: http://pozible.com/aussiefarmers
This is an incredible, once in a generation opportunity, for Aussie voices and views to connect with those of famers from 58 other countries in La Via Campesina’s 20-year long struggle to end the globalization of hunger.
Our goal is to get a six-member Australian delegation to Jakarta.
And we need your support to get them there!
This small but dedicated delegation of family farmers and their supporters will form our core Australia connection with the 200 million and work to build our contribution to the struggle in ending the globalization of hunger and making a better world possible.
Please help us take up this important opportunity and make your contribution to a better world today
The facts as we know them:
- Small-scale agriculture, based on agroecology and food sovereignty, is the only model of food production that offers a sustainable future for the planet and its peoples;
- The corporate-driven industrialised model of agriculture seeks to deliberately destroy this small scale agriculture and the lives of those who practice it;
- La Via Campesina, as the authentic voice of the peasant, is the only organisation capable of maintaining the integrity and legitimacy of this model of sustainable agriculture and protecting the rights of those who practice it
- If they are to survive, Australian family farmers can no longer remain isolated from the knowledge, experiences and global solidarity that comes from meaningful engagement with the global family farming community that is La Via Campesina
- Build on and strengthen the LVC/Australia family farmer alliance;
- Coordinate ongoing LVC/Australian family farmer cultural exchanges;
- Initiate a range of activities to share their learnings and experiences with other family farmers across Australia; and
- Help to establish an Australian Family Farming Organisation which can be accepted for formal membership of La Via Campesina.
Garry produces bananas on his farm, Featherview, in Mullumbimby, Northern New South Wales. Garry has been converting his farm to a biological system that relies on nutrients from organic mulch, chipped branched wood, composted banana trash and brewed compost tea. He grows his bananas without using any chemical pesticides ie. fungicides, herbicides or insecticides.
Cris and Lee-Anne’s farm, Rawganix is in Tansey in South East Queensland. They are currently producing certified organic eggs, olives, grain, beef and sheep. Their long term aim is to provide produce from their farm with no disruption to the biological systems in which their food is produced.
Samantha and Ray Palmer’s small family farm, Symara Organic Farm, grows a large and constantly changing selection of vegetables, herbs and fruit, and is located just north of Stanthorpe in the heart of Queensland's Granite Belt. Their passion is to grow quality organic food, sustainably, for their local community, using and sharing new and old knowledge and at the same time caring for the fragile, natural bushland abundant on their farm.
Total cost of the project is $12,000
This will be spent on airfares for 6 people, Brisbane/Jakarta and return, food and accommodation for each delegate for 10 days, and transport to and from airports and regional farms, and airport and visa taxes.
To support this project go to: http://pozible.com/aussiefarmers