*EVENT TOMORROW* Food Sovereignty and Land Rights Struggles: Sharing Strategies from Brazil, Mozambique and the UK

Adam Payne AdamPayne_5 at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 19 21:43:35 BST 2011

		****  Food Sovereignty and Land Rights Struggles: Sharing Strategies from Brazil, Mozambique and the UK  ****
Reclaim the Fields invites you to an informal discussion on Food Sovereignty and Land Rights struggles Tomorrow afternoon at Grow Heathrow, London. The event will be focussed around sharing practical strategies and experiences of fighting for Food Sovereignty and organising Peasant farmers and Landless Workers in Brazil, Mozambique and the UK.
We will be joined by Delwek Matheus National Co-ordinator of the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) and Luis Muchango Director of the National Peasants Union of Mozambique (UNAC).
The afternoon begins at 3:30 with a tour of the Grow Heathrow site and then will settle down into discussion with tea and talking until 5:30.
All are welcome, Resistance is Fertile, xxx
See below for more information about the participants.
Grow Heathrow is a land occupation standing in defiance of corporate attempts to destroy to the local community and grab land for the expansion of Heathrow airport. The site is a community hub for local residents and activists to share knowledge and practical skills such as organic gardening, permaculture design, bicycle maintenance and wood and metal work. On the 17th November 2011 we will be in court facing the possibility of eviction.
Directions: Travel to West Drayton in TfL zone 6 in 20 minutes by train from Paddington. From West Drayton either take the 222 bus towards Hounslow and get off in Sipson Village or follow the cycle path towards Sipson. Our site is a 1 minute walk from the King William Pub which is in the middle of town.
Address: Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, West Drayton, UB7 0JG 
Delwek Matheus is a member of the Movimento Sem Terra (MST) in Sao Paulo State in Brazil. He is a spokesperson of the voices of small farmers in the region. A farmer in the Itapeva region, Sao Paulo State, for more than 23 years, he is one of MST longstanding advocate for the rights of small farmers, with a vast experience in the fight for agrarian reform and community organising.
Luis Muchanga is Director of the Uniao Nacional de Camponeses (UNAC). With a background in economics, he has been at the forefront of the struggle of small scale farmers and involved with the UNAC since 2000. For 4 years, he co-ordinated rural development projects focussed on food sovereignty, supporting small scale farmers to improve their livelihood and strengthen their voice within Mozambique. As head of the Advocacy, Communications and Cooperation unit, he then shaped UNAC's political stand and facilitated the participation of the movement and other african small scale farmers' movements in La Via Campesina.
Reclaim the Fields is an international constellation of Peasants, Small-scale Farmers and Activists willing to go back to the land and reassume control over food production. We are determined to create alternatives to capitalism through cooperative, collective, autonomous, real needs oriented small scale production and initiatives, putting theory into practice and linking local practical action with global political struggles.
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