Final Resolution 1st International Conference on Agroecology and Food Sovereignty: "Because production has the face of a woman"

Final Resolution 1st International Conference on Agroecology and Food Sovereignty:

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The structural crisis and the logic of devastation of the capitalist system, puts at risk the survival of nature and humanity as a whole and generates endless social, political, economic, cultural, climatic conflicts and the food crisis that suffers it the entire globe. The peasant-indigenous communities constitute, from the capitalist point of view, the greatest danger to their plan to plunder and commercialize our mother earth.

The different delegations from Bolivia, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, the United States, Spain, and England, meeting on April 11 and 12, 2012 in the Chulumani community of the Canton of Tablas Monte, Cochabamba - Bolivia, participated in instances of reflection in around the development of agroecology as a fundamental tool in the construction of food sovereignty of our peoples.

Likewise, we address as an axis of debate the role of women in the transformation process towards an agriculture without pesticides, which strengthens the food sovereignty of our peoples in harmony with our mother earth.

The structural crisis and the logic of devastation of the capitalist system, which puts the survival of nature and humanity as a whole at risk; it generates an endless number of social, political, economic, cultural conflicts, climatic changes and the food crisis that the entire globe is suffering, among others.

The need for the industrialized world to reduce its dependence on oil has led them to seek alternatives such as biofuels, which today constitute a serious latent threat to the sovereignty of the peoples, since production is stopped to feed the people and it is produced to sustain the demand of this new market. Added to this the precariousness of agricultural work, due to the unjust impositions of the transnationals and unfair competition with peasant workers from the first world, heavily subsidized by their states.

We understand that the global food crisis has as its fundamental cause the capitalist agro-industrial production model. Agricultural production model, characterized by being dominated by large transnational companies that monopolize food production, land tenure, the use of transgenic seeds, monoculture, the intensive and mechanized exploitation of the land, the use of pesticides that destroy mother nature. Large transnational companies dominate the entire production chain, from production to commercialization, thus fostering agio and speculation.

It is for this reason that large transnational companies see the presence and existence of indigenous and peasant organizations as detrimental as they propose a sustainable alternative to capitalist production in harmony with mother earth. We are the peasants and indigenous peoples of the world, the ones who produce and guarantee food for the community. While the large transnational companies, which are part of the capitalist development model of agriculture, prioritize the market, the production of goods, the accumulation of wealth and profit for a few and not the food sovereignty of humanity. That is why we reaffirm the necessary international and global linkage and articulation, to fight against all manifestations of the capitalist system. And build a real alternative, from our communities, from our vision of the world, from what we understand by agroecology and food sovereignty, from our families, our community, our country and the peoples of the entire world.

The struggle of Bolivian women for greater participation in decision-making, recognition and respect for their rights; find in the conformation of the Plurinational State of Bolivia one of their main achievements. However, this victory does not sentence the end of their struggles, but rather constitutes the platform on which our social organizations must pose new challenges in order to build an alternative world to the capitalist logic. 86% of Bolivian women work in rural areas. A figure that reflects the importance of this social subject in current agricultural production, as well as in the process of transformation and consolidation of a productive model that achieves the food sovereignty of our peoples in harmony with our mother earth.

Capitalism is the main enemy of the food sovereignty of our nations. The promotion and implementation of pesticide packages, transgenic seeds, chemical fertilizers; they form strategies of transnational capital to strengthen the chain of dependency at the same time that they result in a large-scale aggression for our mother earth. The erosion of our soils, destruction of their biodiversity, proliferation of diseases in our communities, global warming; are some of the consequences of the capitalist agricultural production model.

In this sense, we believe it is essential to deploy initiatives that promote information and comprehensive training instances for the development of a new type of production that has as its central objective the recovery of the ancestral knowledge of our communities, building a working perspective in conjunction with the Pachamama. . We believe it is essential to promote actions that allow us to maintain sovereignty over the seeds used in planting, to become aware of the rational use of water and to access water works that strengthen the agriculture of our people. Any action promoted by the State and / or social organizations in order to consolidate agroecological production must be articulated with the peasant communities, their languages, cultural practices, nationalities.

This day represents a space where organizations from our America and Europe exchange experiences of struggle and knowledge, contribute to the unity of our peoples, strengthening the self-determination of our nations against the looting of our common goods. In this sense, we affirm that the harassment of our peasant-indigenous communities, the eviction of their lands and the consequent accumulation by national and transnational capital, the large-scale production of monocultures with value in the global market, the implementation of projects mega-open-pit miners that threaten watersheds; they constitute different faces of extractivist capitalism that oppresses our peoples, threatens the food sovereignty of our nations.

Finally, we express our commitment and launch the National School of Agroecology based on the different contributions that we have had as a fundamental basis to start this process, which is not a local but an international fight against pesticides and the capitalist mode of production that it is based on the commodification of life. And with this, taking into account the training of native indigenous peasants and workers of the world, thus promoting the food sovereignty of the peoples.


Final Resolution 1st International Conference on Agroecology and Food Sovereignty: "Because production has the face of a woman" Chulumani, Tablas Monte, Cochabamba - Bolivia

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