Written by April Porteria Monday, 25 November 2013 15:45
The People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) recently released its critique of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) and the much anticipated 'Bali Package'.
The Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) is an international treaty of the WTO. It was negotiated during the Uruguay Round of the GATT and entered into force with the establishment of the WTO in 1995. The idea is to reform the global agricultural system, shifting from agricultural price support to producer support. AoA has three basic pillars: (1) removal of tariff and non-tariff barriers; (2) reduction of domestic subsidy and (3) reduction of export subsidy.
Over the years, AoA has not fulfilled its promises of development to the people. Instead, it has worsened the conditions of small-scale food producers while giving leeway to corporations to accumulate more profit.Last Updated on Monday, 25 November 2013 15:55
Written by April Porteria Thursday, 21 November 2013 11:55
Rural Women are the social and economic foundations of rural communities. They care for the family and community and contribute significantly to economic production through farming and marketing. However, they are overlooked in agricultural and rural development policies and their contribution are undervalued. In policies which do consider rural women, they are spoken for but are not heard enough and their voices are not decisively and meaningfully carried forward to policymakers, nor do policymakers seek them out. Yet rural women experience greater hardship and struggles. Rural women are not waiting to be helped. Across Africa and Asia, rural women organize themselves in formal and informal groups to support each other to face their struggles. The People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), and partner organizations documented cases of women in communities in the Philippines and Kenya about their experiences and perspectives. PCFS has produced a multi-media dissemination of their knowledge and expertise. This mini-book is one of two integral components of media documentation project of rural women's resiliency in the context of food security in select pilot areas in Asia and Africa.Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 12:53
Written by April Porteria Saturday, 09 November 2013 21:59
The film entitled “10 Years of Failure, Farmers Deceived by GM corn” shows the dire situation of corn farmers in the Philippines who have adopted GM corn. Amidst protests from farmers, scientists, consumers and basic sectors, GM corn was commercialized in the Philippines in 2003. At present, there are about 8 varieties of single, stacked-trait and pyramided GM corn approved by the government for direct planting. It is now planted in about 685,317 hectares of agricultural land allotted for corn.Last Updated on Saturday, 09 November 2013 22:22
Written by April Porteria Tuesday, 29 October 2013 17:05
PCFS-Africa supports the Ogoni people in strongly urging the Nigerian government to immediately implement the 2011 UNEP report recommending that BP Shell decommission their petroleum facilities in Ogoniland in the Niger Delta in the wake of yet another oil spill in the farming community of Bunu in the Tai Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The oil spill, which started last October 9 near the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, Songhai farm, has spewed a yet undetermined quantity of crude oil into newly-cultivated farmlands. Heavy rains the next day caused the crude to spread rapidly, aggravating the water pollution in the area.Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:16
Written by April Porteria Tuesday, 29 October 2013 14:02
The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) strongly condemns the harassment and intimidation of PCFS Asia Steering Council member Mr. Jiten Yumnam by police commandoes from Imphal West and the Manipur government, and declares its support for the campaign of our colleagues in Manipur to protect and recognize the rights of Mr. Yumnam and other human rights defenders in the region.
Police commando personnel visited the residence of Mr. Yumnam — who is also the secretary of the Centre for Research and Advocacy in Manipur and co-convenor of the Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur — last October 2, 2013. In his absence, the police informed two of his relatives that he was directed to appear before the Manipur Police Commando Complex at Minuthong, Imphal West District. There were no letters or reasons stating whether Mr. Yumnam had been charged with an offense.
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