La Via Campesina

August 5, 2011

Via Campesina, International Co-ordinating Committee, Jl. Mampang Prapatan, XIV No. 5, Jakarta Selatan, DKI Jakarta, 12790, Indonesia

Dear Committee Members:

It is our very great pleasure to present you with the original artwork herewith enclosed, a gift of The Blossom Project.

The purpose of the Blossom Project is to inspire people to do their best to serve the needs of global community, as defined by the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations. The enclosed watercolour painting is one of 19 we are sending out as gifts to individuals or groups able to bring about positive change in the world.

Each painting is a token of acknowledgement for work already done. Each is a gesture of encouragement for work that may yet be undertaken in the future.

Specifically, we acknowledge that La Via Campesina is one of our most progressive global trade organizations. Your concept of food sovereignty has challenged assumptions about agriculture, food, development and globalization. You have raised awareness that women produce the vast majority of food worldwide, yet are largely excluded from formal agricultural training, access to farm capital, or regional planning.

We encourage you to continue to recruit new member agencies so that La Via Campesina has a voice in every country and to continue to challenge the dominance of development capital agencies like the World Bank and the World Trade Organization.

The enclosures provide background on The Blossom Project, the paintings, the recipients, the Millennium Development Goals, and ourselves.

All the information, including a copy of this letter, may be viewed online at www.theblossomproject.org. Should you chose to respond to us, you may do so directly on the website, by email at sunnymarlene@sasktel.net or by regular mail, address below. We would love to hear from you!

sincerely yours,

Marlene Yuzak and Allan Casey

The Blossom Project 120 – 9th Street East, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, S7N 0A2