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Workshop Declaration: Neoliberal Trends and Analysis in Agriculture: A workshop on people’s collective responses against WTO

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Written by April Porteria

Workshop Declaration

Neoliberal Trends and Analysis in Agriculture: A workshop on people’s collective responses against WTO

05 December 2013

Bali, Indonesia

We, representatives of organizations of small-scale farmers, women, indigenous peoples, agricultural workers, fisherfolk, pastoralists, youth and advocates from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, Nepal, the Philippines, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste and Thailand gathered on December 05, 2013 in Bali, Indonesia for the People’s Global Camp and the workshop on the people’s collective responses to the Neoliberal Trends and Analysis in Agriculture express that:

  1. The World Trade Organization (WTO) and its Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) has not done anything beneficial to the development and food security of the people. Instead, it worsened the state of agriculture of developing countries making farmers poorer and more people hungry. The AoA continues to liberalize agriculture and also furthers plunder of resources and dominance by big transnational agri-corporations such as Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and BASF. Land grabbing cases are increasing, affecting more and more farmers, rural women, indigenous peoples and the rest of the marginalized sectors;

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PCFS Tribute to Mandela

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Written by April Porteria

PCFS Tribute to Mandela

The African chapter of the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) pays tribute to Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918 to 5 December 2013), whose life was dedicated to the ongoing struggle for freedom and equality. He firmly believed that the black race of South Africa had the same rights as the white minority: the right to equal opportunity to education and employment, public services, freedom of speech and assembly; the right to the freedom necessary to realize the full potential of every South African as citizens and inheritors of their own country.

Nelson Mandela’s famous walk to freedom did not begin when he was released after being imprisoned for 27 long years. The walk to freedom began when he and the African National Congress (ANC) rose up in revolution against the South African racial segregation system, known as apartheid.

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PCFS says junk WTO and calls for Food Sovereignty in Bali

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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.

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WTO on Agriculture: Over a decade of false hopes

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Written by April Porteria

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.

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Implement the 2011 UNEP Report in Ogoniland Now!

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Written by April Porteria

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.

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