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Peasant voices on the milk crisis: the global impact of exports and local solutions

5 January 2016

Invitation to a public discussion with Kannaiyan Subramaniam, representative of the Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements of South India (SICCFM), who, in a panel with his European counterparts Henri Lecloux, (MAP) and Yvon Deknudt (FUGEA) ­will shed light on the export policy response to the dairy crisis.

Since it took effect, the deregulation of the milk sector has spread bankrupcy and debt among many small and medium dairy farmers in Europe. With prices set below 30 cents per liter in several countries, their livelihood is at stake. In cities like Brussels, Liege and Luxembourg, dairy producers have demonstrated vigorously these last months for prices and policies that allow them to at least cover their cost of production. The social, environmental and economic consenquences of this policy to Europe and its rural regions are tragic. However, the effects go beyond our continent. This policy of cheap overproduction also touches dairy farmers oversees. This is the case in India, whom the EU is pressuring to sign a free trade agreement. An FTA, that covers the most important agricultural activity in India: the dairy sector, and a reduction of tariffs that would open the country to cheap european dairy imports. In this context we are pleased to invite you a public discussion with Indian farmer Kannaiyan Subramaniam, representative of the Coordination Committee of Farmers Movements of South India (SICCFM), who, in a panel with his European counterparts, will shed light on the export policy response to the dairy crisis. These choices affect both southern farmers and those in Europe... So where does the solution lay? For farmers in the South as well as for Belgian livestock breeders who will be present, the solution is to defend food sovereignty and a production that is valued locally. Their arguments must be heard! With Kannayian Subramanian, livestock breeder from SICCFM ­ India Henri Lecloux, livestock breeder from MAP ­ Belgium Yvon Deknudt, livestock breeder from FUGEA ­ Belgium with simultaneous French and English interpretations Register via info@eurovia.org (or +32 2 217 31 12) before the 12/01/2016 (seats are limited) photo: KRASNYI COLLECTIVE

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