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.
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
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.
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