International Conference on Aid and Investments: Corporate Capture of the Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Agenda


Written by secretariat Friday, 31 October 2014 11:23

In September 2000, 189 country leaders met in the United Nations Headquarters in New York and committed to reach eight measurable goals by 2015. Topmost mentioned among the goals is the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger around the world. Concretely, it aimed to reduce the proportion of hungry population by half by lowering the number people who live with the income of less than $1/day.

Prior to the Millennium Declaration, aid to agriculture had already decreased by half due to the impact of the Structural Adjustments Program imposed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to countries that seek monetary assistance. Governments of developing countries were being limited in providing subsidy to agriculture. This led to insufficiency in public agricultural investments and became a major constraint to the development of the sector.

Instead of reversing the situation, the Millennium Declaration only caused the continued decline of aid and public expenditures to agriculture. Ironically, the MDG agenda, at some degree, directed the donors’ preference to social sectors (infrastructures and services); leaving aid in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and other productive sectors almost stagnant.



World Food Day Statement Standing Against Corporate Capture of Agriculture and the World Food System


Written by secretariat Friday, 31 October 2014 11:13

In the celebration of World Food Day, farmers and small-scale food producers will again receive grand praises. Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other institutions will likewise be acclaimed for their work on food security and nutrition. The consensus building process amongst stakeholders and their collective work will be commended as highlights of the supposed gains in curbing hunger and poverty.

This year, however, the stage will be shared by a sector which has been portrayed as a new kid in the block, a reluctant actor timidly helping in the background but holds what other actors lack - money. This so-called new player is the private sector which recently corresponded on the decline of the Northern donor funding to intergovernmental institutions and world’s poorest countries. This, expectedly, has become the basis of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Director General, Jose Graziano da Silva’s call to all other stakeholders to rely and embrace to the private sector on increasing the world food output.



PCFS Habla de la Expansión de los Supermercados en Asia


Written by secretariat Friday, 31 October 2014 11:08

Yogyakarta, Indonesia - Reconociendo la alarmante expansión de los supermercados en todos los continentes, su escalada, principalmente en Asia, la Coalición de los Pueblos por la Soberanía Alimentaria (PCFS) habló y participó activamente en el taller de tres días celebrada recientemente, organizado por GRAIN Asia del 25 - 27 de septiembre en Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

El taller titulado "Desafíos de la expansión de Supermercados en Asia" asistieron alrededor de treinta (30) participantes de siete (7) diferentes países de Australasia. Las organizaciones participantes incluyen a las organizaciones de la sociedad civil (OSC), movimientos de masas, empresas sociales, organizaciones de salud y de las organizaciones internacionales de la India, Tailandia, Filipinas, Indonesia, Taiwán, Australia y Canadá.

El taller se centró en los desafíos e impactos que se enfrentan los sectores más afectados - los pequeños productores de alimentos, principalmente agricultores - en la participación directa y estrecha del agronegocio industrial de la cadena mundial de alimentos, desde la creación de la agricultura por contrato para asegurar el suministro de alimentos a las modernas cadenas de venta al por menor. Como la señora Kartini Samon de GRAIN Asia expuso, "La expansión de sistema de la empresa de alimentos, semillas modificadas genéticamente, el acaparamiento de tierras, las políticas de libre comercio y las normas de seguridad de los alimentos, tuvo un gran impacto en los agricultores de Asia, los trabajadores de alimentos, comerciantes y consumidores". La Sra Samon incluso hizo hincapié en que los sectores al por menor en países como China e India se han liberalizado progresivamente con la inversión extranjera directa (IED). Esto dio lugar a un 30-40% de tasa de crecimiento del sector de supermercados con velocidad tal que es la más alta del mundo.



SpeakOut against Corporate Capture of Agriculture in Asia


Written by April Porteria Monday, 20 October 2014 16:36

October 2014 release of SpeakOut against Corporate Capture of Agriculture in Asia

As we commemorate the World Food(less) Day this year, the People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty in Asia is grateful to release a SpeakOut against Corporate Capture of Agriculture in Asia. Together with partners in the region and national level, PCFS highlights the different grassroots struggles against the environmental and human rights violations of transnational corporations (TNCs) in Asia. The latest SpeakOut contains stories from Manipur, Bangladesh, Philippines and Pakistan, with some recent news in the region.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 17:08



PCFS Speaks on Supermarket Expansion in Asia


Written by secretariat Monday, 20 October 2014 14:12

YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia – Recognizing the alarming supermarket’s expansion across continents, escalating mainly in Asia, the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) actively spoke and engaged in the recently held three-day workshop organized by GRAIN Asia from 25 – 27 September in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

The workshop entitled “Challenges on Supermarket Expansion in Asia” was attended by around thirty (30) participants from seven (7) different countries in Australasia. The participating organizations include civil society organizations (CSOs), mass movements, social enterprises, health organizations and international organizations from India, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Australia and Canada.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 16:30



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