Written by April Porteria Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Grassroots groups, advocates demand dismantling of WTO
07 December 2013
BALI, Indonesia – As part of the People’s Global Camp (PGC) activities on December 5, the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) in cooperation with the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) successfully organized a workshop titled “Neoliberal Trends and Analysis in Agriculture: A workshop on People’s Collective Responses Against the WTO.”
A total of 39 representatives from 23 organizations converged at the GOR Ngurah Rai Sports Center in Bali to participate in the said event. In line with the PGC objective, the side-event served as a protest against the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 9th Ministerial Conference (MC9). The workshop highlighted the people’s opposition to the continuing plunder of resources through WTO policies in agriculture.
Rahmat Ajiguna, Secretary General of Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA), welcomed participants warmly and enjoined everyone in strengthening the people’s movement against the WTO.Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 15:01
Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00
PCFS speaks against WTO in the People’s Global Camp
04 December 2013
BALI, Indonesia – People from all sectors from international community gathered today at the People’s Global Camp being held in the GOR Ngurah Rai Sports Center in Bali, Indonesia to protest against and demand the dismantling of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO 9th Ministerial Conference is expected to renew neoliberal policies with focus on agriculture, least developed countries and trade facilitation.
“WTO will renew its neoliberal policies in the Bali Ministerial,” Antonio Tujan, Jr., People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) co-chair said in the opening plenary of the People’s Global Camp. “This global camp is the success of the people and this camp will junk WTO,” he added.
The people are expressing their dismay and disappointment with the WTO. The marginalized and most vulnerable populations all over the world continue to be denied of genuine development with the existence of the WTO. The G33 proposal to allow developing countries to subsidize their agriculture was blocked by the US and the EU further providing proof that nothing beneficial and genuine is possible within the WTO.Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 15:03
Written by April Porteria Monday, 02 December 2013 00:00
PCFS says junk WTO and calls for Food Sovereignty in Bali
02 December 2013
The WTO 9th Ministerial Meeting is drawing closer. On December 03 to 06, 2013, leaders from WTO member countries will gather in Bali, Indonesia to discuss and try to come up with a new agreement coined as the ‘Bali Package.’
As the ominous result of a meeting of trade ministers from the world’s most powerful countries, the Bali package emerged as a complete neoliberal bundle that will revive the Doha rounds and facilitate the further integration and eventual collapse of developing economies worldwide. The Bali package aims to railroad three important objectives: trade facilitation, Least Developed Country (LDC) issues, and agriculture.Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 15:04
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
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