13 April 2016
On the morning of Thursday, March 31 in the auditorium of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) the World Forum on Access to Land and Natural Resources (FMAT 2016) opened and continued to develop up to Saturday April 2 2016 in Valencia, Spain.
The opening day program had presentations from president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig; the mayor of Valencia, Joan Ribó; the rector of the UPV, Francisco Mora; and the president of the International Committee of Organization FMAT, Vicent Garcés; and representatives of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Ministry of Rural Development of Brazil and family farmer / community organizations from around the world.
Family farmer and indigenous organizations, international agencies and experts from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe analyzed and discussed the challenges to access to and governance of land and natural resources, contributing with their personal experiences and possible actions for change. Ms. Cecilia Leiva, President of PROCASUR, participated in the moderation of the Main Panel on land grabbing. She highlighted the need to create integrated policies and the need to strengthen the role of the movements involved in the struggle for land.
PROCASUR was also present at the session dedicated to the situation of women's rights to land, emphasizing the link between processes of empowerment and access to land and the need to move towards a conception of effective rights beyond the formal-legal advancement.
"One of the important points in this forum was the importance of giving greater visibility and strength to family farming and the articulation of policies to promote greater access to land for family farmers as a strategy of resistance against large land grabbing " concluded Rita Bórquez, Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean in PROCASUR.