Written by Administrator Tuesday, 10 September 2013 23:26
Media Release from Coalition of Agricultural Workers International (CAWI) / 6 September 2013
Penang, Malaysia - The Coalition of Agricultural Workers International (CAWI) concludes a two-day Congress in Penang today, (5-6 September 2013), where matters relevant to agricultural workers were discussed. Participants came from the Asia Pacific, Africa, and North America
Health and environmental problems caused by pesticide exposure and the more vulnerable sectors like women and migrant workers, as well as issues of landlessness, workers’ rights, health and safety, are high in the list of issues discussed.
Fatima Burnad, the newly appointed chair of CAWI says “women agricultural workers face discrimination and abuse in the workplace, and this is compounded with migrant workers. CAWI will explore existing mechanisms to address these problems.”Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 10:27
Written by April Porteria Sunday, 08 September 2013 18:10
Media Release from PAN-AP / 06 September 2013
Penang, Malaysia - Carrying the theme, “Empowering Communities, Protecting the Environment and Building Sustainable Livelihoods”, the PAN AP Congress, 2-4 September 2013 in Penang, Malaysia brought together 84 delegates from 23 countries.
In his keynote address, Rafael Mariano, National Chairperson of the Peasant Movement of the Philippines (KMP) emphasised the “unstoppable land-grabbing and plunder of natural resources by big local and foreign investors, and the tightening control of agro-chemical transnational corporations (TNCs) over food and agriculture has intensified landlessness, hunger and poverty.”Last Updated on Sunday, 08 September 2013 18:21
Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 28 August 2013 23:03
By Arnold Padilla, PAN-AP
PENANG, Malaysia – In Sarawak, Malaysia, thousands of hectares of forests, where the Iban and Melanau indigenous groups have been living for centuries, are being cleared to give way to massive logging operations and palm oil plantations. Customary rights of the indigenous communities in Sarawak’s Sibu town – including the right to cultivate the land and the right to utilize the forests’ resources – are being violated by the government in favor of large private corporations, some of which have ties to the highest echelon of Malaysian bureaucracy.Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2013 23:18
Written by April Porteria Tuesday, 27 August 2013 10:49
Imphal, Manipur - Last August 25, a public meeting cum mass rally was held at Hayel Hangool, Thoubal district that demanded de-commissioning of Ithai Barrage as well as Sekmai Barrage and demanded commensurate compensation for the paddy cultivation and fish farms inundated due to blocking of water currents by the two barrages. Earlier, excess water accumulated at Ikop Pat and Kharung Pat was drained out to Manipur river by a natural process and people settled around the two wetlands rarely faced flood situations. But since the past 30 years, people settled around Kharung Pat and Ikop Pat have been enduring artificial flood regularly after the course for draining out excess water was blocked by man-made barriers.Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 11:06
Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 14 August 2013 00:28
The People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) - Burundi would like to invite interested organizations to support and contribute to this activity on implementing the Zero Hunger Program in Burundi that will be held on 19-20 September 2013 in Source du Nil Hotel, Bujumbura, Burundi.
The conference will not just discuss the implementation of the Zero Hunger Program in Burundi but will also be a follow up consultation on the High Level Meeting on new and unified approaches to end hunger in Africa within the CAADP framework that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last 30 June to 1 July 2013.
The conference is also expected to sensitize stakeholders to come up with decisions and programs that would eradicate hunger in Burundi. Local organizations from Burundi will also share their experiences in the field.
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