People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS)

10 Years of Failure, Farmers Deceived by GM corn

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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

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Implement the 2011 UNEP Report in Ogoniland Now!

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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

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PCFS calls for protection of human rights defenders in Manipur

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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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Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek (PKMT) Protests Against the WTO

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Written by April Porteria Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:33

Press Release from PKMT and Roots for Equity

WTO KILLS FARMERS

Punjab, Pakistan – Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek (PKMT) and Roots for Equity carried out a protest at the Lahore Press Club, Punjab, Pakistan to register public resistance against the World Trade Organization (WTO) which is going hold its 9th Ministerial Meeting in December 3-6, 2013 in Bali, Indonesia.

The purpose of the WTO is to ensure control on global trade much of which is under the imperialist control of the advanced capitalist countries and their gigantic transnational corporations. WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) and TRIPS (Trade-related Intellectual Property Rights) agreement are immensely exploitative of farmers across the world, especially small and landless farmers of third world countries. Agrochemical and biotechnology multinational corporations especially the US corporations have stolen and imposed control over the rich genetic resources of the third world with the TRIPS agreement of the WTO thereby

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:49

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ICFG book: Small-scale fisherfolk reject corporate fisheries,call for sustainable alternatives

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Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:02

In solidarity with the people's struggles to improve the welfare and uphold the rights of small-scale fisherfolk all over the world, IBON International released this month a book on the proceedings of the successful International Conference on Fisheries and Globalization (ICFG), held last September 2012 in Iloilo, Philippines.

The publication, titled "Resist Corporate Capture of Fisheries: Build Sustainable Fisheries for the People," tackles the challenges faced by the fisheries sector, as the neoliberal policies implemented under the corporate-centered global economy have clearly resulted in widespread poverty and overexploitation of natural resources.

The ICFG was spearheaded by the People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), IBON International, the Philippine-based fisherfolk organization Pamalakaya, and the Fisheries and Marine Environment and Research Institute.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:30

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