PCFS Speaks on Supermarket Expansion in Asia

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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.

The workshop focused on the challenges and impacts faced by the mostly affected sectors – small food producers mainly farmers – on the close and direct involvement of industrial agribusiness to the global food chain, from setting up contract farming to secure food supply to modern retail chains. As Ms. Kartini Samon of GRAIN Asia put it, “The expansion of corporate food system, genetically modified seeds, landgrabbing, free trade policies and food safety regulations had major impacts on Asia’s farmers, food workers, traders and consumers”. Ms Samon even emphasized that retail sectors in countries like China and India have been progressively liberalized with foreign direct investment (FDI). This resulted to 30-40% supermarket sector growth rate with such rate as the highest the world.

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New edition of Neoliberal Subversion of Agrarian Reform launched

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Written by April Porteria Friday, 03 October 2014 10:25

October 3, 2014 – A new edition of the book Neoliberal Subversion of Agrarian Reform, first published eight years ago, is now available after its simultaneous double launch in Penang, Malaysia and Yogyakarta, Indonesia on September 25.

The book was launched by the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) together with IBON International and IBON Institute for International Development (I3D) in cooperation with the Pesticide Action Network – Asia Pacific (PAN-AP) and GRAIN-Asia.

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PCFS calls to uphold rights of indigenous peoples during WCIP in New York

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Written by April Porteria Friday, 03 October 2014 10:21

New York, USA – Members of the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) have recently participated in the 69th High Level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly known to be the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples held in the UN Headquarters in New York, USA last 22-23 September 2014.

The said conference has discussed the priorities for indigenous peoples in the Post-2015 Development Agenda while CSOs participating expressed serious concern with limited reference indigenous people’s rights. The High Level Meeting was expected to further strengthen and affirm the commitments by states to implement the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples in 2007.

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Unjust Development in Manipur

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Written by April Porteria Monday, 15 September 2014 14:45

The Center for Research and Advocacy in Manipur (CRAM) has released their July-September 2014 Newsletter Issue about the development injustice in Manipur. The newsletter talks about the sustainable development goals in the context of the Manipur situation as well as the continuing local struggles such as the heavy militarization of rural areas and the large-scale dam constructions that affect hundreds of indigenous families and communities.

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Center for Research and Advocacy Manipur

Sega Road Hodam Leirak, Imphal Manipur India 795001

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Honouring the life of Sarath Fernando: A fighter of rural people’s rights

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Written by April Porteria Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:33

The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) sends its deepest condolences to the family, friends and comrades of Mr. Sarath Fernando, founder of the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) in Sri Lanka, and a member of PCFS.

Sarath, at 72 years old, passed away last 7th September due to cardiac arrest at the Kurunegala Hospital in Sri Lanka.

Sarath has long been a fighter of rural people’s rights. He grew up in a family of activists. He was also a fulltime member of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) or Peoples’ Liberation Front from 1969 until 1971. He also joined the popular youth uprising in 1971 and later on decided to join the peasant movement.

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