Written by Administrator Monday, 26 November 2012 16:57
Rural women are the social and economic foundations of rural communities. They care for the family and community and contribute significantly to economicproduction through farming and marketing. However, they are overlooked in agricultural and rural development policies and their contributions are undervalued. In policies which do consider rural women, they are spoken for but are not heard and their voices are not decisively and meaningfully carried forward to policymakers, nor do policymakers seek them out. 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.
Written by Shanthi Tuesday, 13 November 2012 18:16
On November 7 to November 11, an 85-member International Fact Finding and Environmental Mission to Defend Land and Livelihood against Mining Operations went to the villages of Sagay City in Northern Negros and Hinoba-an and Sipalay in South Negros to investigate and document the impacts of mining activities on the lives of farmers and fisherfolk.
The South team and the North team interviewed key informants, local residents and inspected the mining sites and the affected areas. The IFFEM teams have compiled their findings in a report. The executive summary of the report is available here.
Written by Shanthi Monday, 12 November 2012 17:30
As the International Community gathered to mark the World Food Day last October 16, 2012, the future and destiny of the over 1.2 million Ogoni people hangs in the balance as food crops and fishes do not grow and breed in the air but on land and water which they don’t have any more.
To the Ogoni, a distinct ethnic nationality in the oil rich but impoverished and heavily polluted Niger Delta region of Nigeria, the day was a celebration of what they prefer to call “World Foodless Day” and a day of hunger. Farmers, civil society actors, community leaders, women and youth groups across the six the Kingdoms of Ogoni met at Bori, the traditional Headquarters of the Ogoni people to deliberate on viable options to food sovereignty in a devastated and polluted environment like theirs.
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