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CSRC organizes International Conferences on Agrarian Questions and Comprehensive Solutions, and Land Reform and Non-Violent Land Rights Movement

Last 3-4 March 2014, Community Self Reliance Center (CSRC), International Land Coalition (ILC), International Initiatives (II) and Forum for Agrarian Concern and Studies Nepal (FACT-Nepal) organized the International conference on ‘Agrarian Questions and Comprehensive Solutions.’ The conference sought to build the knowledge on land and agrarian reform models, approaches and policy provisions and identify strategic areas on land reforms.

Discussions took place between Nepal’s Ministry of Land Reform and Management (MoLRM), CSOs,   political parties and parliament members. The conference gathered 187 participants from Asia (including Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan), Latin America (Columbia and Venezuela), Africa (Senegal), Europe (Switzerland), and Canada, resulting in a diverse set of perspectives and experiences, as well as stories of struggles, successes, and challenges.

Mr. Krishna Raj BC, Acting Secretary Ministry of Land Reform and Management (Chair of the Session)

Mr. Krishna Raj BC, Acting Secretary Ministry of Land Reform and Management (Chair of the Session)

Honorable Mr. Keshav Badal, Parliament Member and Chair of Badaal High Level Land Reform Commission

Honorable Mr. Keshav Badal, Parliament Member and Chair of Badaal High Level Land Reform Commission

 

Honorable Dr. Yuwaraj Khatiwada, Governor of Central Bank of Nepal

Honorable Dr. Yuwaraj Khatiwada, Governor of Central Bank of Nepal

From left, Ms. Jill Car-Harish (II); Honorable Mr. Keshav Badal; Mr. Krishna Raj BC, (MoLRM); Honorable Dr. Yuwaraj Khatiwada(Central Bank);Dr. Madiodio Niasse, (ILC)

From left, Ms. Jill Car-Harish (II); Honorable Mr. Keshav Badal; Mr. Krishna Raj BC, (MoLRM); Honorable Dr. Yuwaraj Khatiwada(Central Bank);Dr. Madiodio Niasse, (ILC)

Glimpse of Second Day International Conference, Different Political Party representatives participating in Round Table Discussion Program

Glimpse of Second Day International Conference, Different Political Party representatives participating in Round Table Discussion Program

Dr. Madiodio Niasse, Director of International Land Coalition

Dr. Madiodio Niasse, Director of International Land Coalition

Prior to the conference in Kathmandu, CSRC also organized a field visit programme for international participants, not to mention a two-day International Conference on ‘Land Reform and Non-Violent Land Rights Movement’.

Field visits 

The field visits were organized on 26-27 February 2014 – so Nepali landless, tenants and small holder farmers especially Village/District Land Rights Forums (VLRFs/DLRFs) members can interact with government stakeholders and international participants. Twenty-one international participants and 11 Nepali participants were divided into three groups and visited Mahottari District (East), Nawalparasi District (West) and Rasuwa (Middle region) of Nepal.

Discussion with DLRF Nawalparasi District

Discussion with DLRF Nawalparasi District

Discussion with Pipalbot VLRF of Rasuwa District

Discussion with Pipalbot VLRF of Rasuwa District

International Conference on ‘Land Reform and Non-Violent Land Rights Movement

The International Conference on ‘Land Reform and Non-Violent Land Rights Movement’ was held at the National Land Rights Resource Center in Thimura, Chitwan on 28 – 2nd March, 2014. The three-day conference was enthusiastically conducted in an open atmosphere, touching upon many interesting topics. Participants had a unique opportunity to share ideas and demands, to exchange experiences and discussions, and accordingly to propose measures of collective action and strategies. The program specially focused on non-violent movement; social security; democratisation and people’s rights. At this conference, the participants expressed many original views and made many constructive suggestions on all areas of the conference’s concerns. Further it has also been important to work together, to debate about alternatives and to link our struggles. There was a participation of 85 members including national and international participants.

International Conference on 'Land Reform and Non- Violent Land Rights Movement

International Conference on ‘Land Reform and Non-Violent Land Rights Movement

Highlights 

  • Participants had a unique venue for sharing ideas and demands, experiences and discussions, and propose solutions and strategies for collective action.
  • The prioritization of mass movement and active non-violence in the struggle for land rights leading towards social transformation
  • Field visit program provided a clear understanding to international delegates on the working modalities of CSRC and NLRF through a direct interaction with Nepali farmer leaders, especially VLRF members and DLRF members. Similarly the community people also gained different country experience on non-violent land rights movement.
  • All political parties (including influential Members of Parliament, political leaders on land/agrarian reform, Government of Nepal) were brought together for one collective goal and discussion – to collaborate on land reform initiatives.
  • Enhanced knowledge and skill on land rights movement, and land/agrarian reform models among Nepali farmers leaders, land rights activists, land rights team, as well as international participants – which will hopefully contribute to action in their respective countries
  • Influence to endorse ‘National Reform Action Plan’
  • Strengthened alliance, networking and coordination for the exchange of ideas and experiences

Next steps 

After these activities, CSRC intends to:

  • hold regular discussion with political parties about their position and review their manifesto and political documents.
  • organise field visit events, discussion with community people by expert, ex government officials, minister and academician.
  • develop political document of national land rights forum with clear position and strategy for land reform.
  • bring the experts and activists from other countries for idea sharing mainly focused on constitution building process and land reform agenda.

Read CSRC’s report on the International Conference on Agrarian Questions and Comprehensive Solutions.

NLRC and CSRC hold 2nd National Conference of Women Farmers in Nepal

The Second National Conference of Farmer Women was held from 3-5 March, 2013 at Thimura, Chitwan with the participation of 162 women from 48 districts of Nepal. The conference was organized with focused discussion on ‘Women’s Land Ownership and Identity.

The conference well speculated the women’s issues by announcing the action point. The conference was successful in raising the voice of land poor and women farmer in the domain of ensuring equal land rights. The program was jointly organized by National Land Rights Forum (NLRF) and Community Self-reliance Center (CSRC).

Outcomes
· Increased confidence and commitment, to claim for the land rights and in other natural resource as well.
· Enhanced the debate on women and land rights and also prepared action plan for the substantial expansion of campaign.
· Provided encouragement to prepare Joint Land Ownership Certificate.
· Increased understanding on legal aspect of women’s issues and build capacity of Rural Women Farmer Leaders.
· Enhanced the importance and procedures involved in making joint land ownership certificate.
· Provided a strong basis to take forward the movement linking it with human rights.
· Helped to entrench the culture of movement, deepen the agenda of movement and enhance the leadership of frontline leaders.
· Provided the platform for landless women farmer to express their feelings, build power and exchange knowledge and learning.

(Read more  Campaign Update – VOLUME 33)