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Nyéléni 2007 - Forum for Food Sovereignty. 23rd - 27th February 2007. Sélingué. Mali
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The WTO, the IMF, the WB and all these International Bullshit Do not
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Joao Pedro Stedile is one of the main leaders of the Brazilian Rural Landless Workers Movement (MST) as well as an icon of the international peasant struggle. Stedile is participating in the World Forum on Food Sovereignty in Selingue, Mali, along with other 600 delegates from 118 countries. He was in charge of reading the contributions of the MST and the other Brazilian movements that are part of Via Campesina, to the forum’s action plan and final document.

"I think that we have to include the definition that food cannot be a commodity as one of our principles. Food must be a right for everybody", Stedile said at the plenary meeting of the working group on agriculture and international trade negotiations.

Stedile warned that the second strategic definition must be the "struggle against water privatization, because it is a public good and cannot be someone’s private property".

Peasant movements and other movements that resist water privatization around the world are likely to start coordinating their struggles under a common definition, which Stedile defined as "ideological criticism to capitalism, we must question the fact that everything is a commodity within the capitalist system".

Regarding international agricultural trade, Stedile said "we are not against the trade of agricultural products, but we believe it cannot be based on profits, but on the peoples’ needs". He said the peasant struggles against the WTO’s negotiations must consider that "transnational corporations and imperialistic governments rule the WTO".

"The WTO, the IMF, the World Bank and all these international bullshit do not represent the peoples’ interests. We have to struggle for a new international order", the Brazilian peasant leader said.

Finally, Stedile warned about the dramatic advance of biofuels. "Capital wants to take food away from the people and put them in vehicles of the northern bourgeoises. We have to struggle against this, from the roots, the world has to change its transportation’s energy model. We must oppose individual transportation and struggle for collective transportation".

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  2. Food sovereignty: for a future without hunger
  3. Forum in Mali:Building consensus
  4. ROAD TO NYELENI 2007 – N°1
  5. ROAD TO NYELENI 2007 – N°2
  6. Press Kit
  7. Nyeleni 2007-Forum for Food Sovereignty about to get under way
  8. Food Sovereignty: a citizen’s proposal
  9. Food sovereignty is earnestly needed for “developed country” of Japan
  10. Draft Declaration of Food Sovereignty for the Japanese Farmers and Consumers
  11. Brazil: Social Movements Change Strategy for Lula’s Second Term
  12. Women and farmers campaign for food sovereignty
  13. Food for the people
  14. Food sovereignty is key
  15. Stédile: “WTO, IMF, the World Bank, and all this international shit do not represent people’s interests”
  16. Peter Rosset: "strong alliances and action for the future" in the struggle for food sovereignty
  17. Nyéléni 2007- Final declaration
  18. The Struggle of US Farmers at the Forum on Food Sovereignty
  19. The food Mexicans eat is controlled by companies"
  20. First Conclusions of the World Forum on Food Sovereignty
  21. The WTO, the IMF, the WB and all these International Bullshit Do not
  22. Peter Rosset: "Specific Alliances and Future Action
  23. In search of autonomy and food sovereignty
  24. Making progress with the creation of alliances and a common strategy for food sovereignty
  25. The struggle of US agricultural workers has come to the World Forum for Food Sovereignty
  26. One more step forward in the struggle for food sovereignty
  27. Strengthening Maghreb’s Peasant Participation
  28. Women’s Declaration on Food Sovereignty
  29. Mali, a Country in Search of Food Sovereignty
  30. DECLARATION OF NYÉLÉNI
  31. Mexico is a dangerously dependent country because of its lack of food sovereignty
  32. PLANTING SEEDS FOR MOTHER EARTH
  33. UNCONVENTIONAL GATHERING