W. African Caravan for Land, Water and Seeds

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W. African Caravan for Land, Water and Seeds
By: The Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles – West Africa
25 January 2016

The Global Convergence of Land and Water Struggles – West Africa invites you to join the West African Caravan for Land, Water and Seeds, which will mobilize 15 countries of the sub-region in March 2016 in order to

Ø Sensitize the populations of the West African countries about land, water and seed grabbing as well as the challenges and issues regarding these resources

Ø Mobilise West African organisations and social movements for the building of a strong movement in order to affirm the rights of communities and promote family farming, based on peasant agroecology and food sovereignty

Ø Take action for peace, social and environmental justice and equity, gender equality, public health and the struggle against climate change

Ø Engage national political and administrative authorities as well as sub-regional institutions (ECOWAS and UEMOA) on their obligations regarding the realization of human rights and call upon them to take up our demands and proposals regarding the implementation of the FAO Guidelines on the Right to Food, the Guidelines on Responsible Governance of Tenure, the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa, including their subregional manifestation which is developed at ECOWAS, as well as the regulations on the risks of biotechnologies which are being developed at the UEMOA. It is critical that these processes are transparent and ensure the effective participation of the organizations that represent those most affected

Ø Support all activists and communities that are defending human rights linked to land, water and seeds, and denounce their criminalization.

Rights to Land, Water and Seeds, a Common Struggle!

• Accompanying social processes
• Advocacy
• Environment (Sustainable)
• Farmers/Peasants
• Food (rights, sovereignty, crisis)
• Grassroots initiatives
• Human rights
• Land rights
• Local Governance
• Norms and standards
• Regional
• Rural planning
• Water&sanitation

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