PCFS speaks of a transformative agenda and just aid architecture in Mexico

Mexico City, Mexico – The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) and its network members are among the civil society organizations, governments and other stakeholders who participated in the First High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) on Global Partnerships held in Mexico City,...


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In Deep Concern for the Victims of Quake and Tsunami in Chile and Peru / Con gran preocupación por las Víctimas del terremoto en Chile y Perú

People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) along with its partners globally is in deep sympathy with all the victims of the recently reported earthquake causing tsunami in Chile and Peru. Our deepest concern belongs to friends and colleagues in CONAPACH which has members and fishworkers based in the Chilean coastal...


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Honouring Irene’s life committed to the poor and marginalized

The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) sends its deepest condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of Dr. Irene Fernandez, director of Tenaganita and member of the PCFS Steering Council. Irene, at 67 years old, passed away at 10:58 am last 31 March suffering from a heart failure. She...


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PCFS supports the small farmers in India on their struggle for food sovereignty

The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) strongly supports the struggle of small farmers in India for land and food sovereignty by resisting the National Food Security Act. The Indian National Food Security Act was signed into law in 12 September 2013. The law aims to provide subsidized food grains to...


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PCFS points out the real causes of hunger on the first day of the 32nd FAO APRC

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia – The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) and its network members are among the civil society organizations, governments and other stakeholders who are currently participating in the 32nd Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia starting 10th until the 14th...


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PCFS participates in the Committee on World Food Security Multi-stakeholder Consultation on the Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investments (rai) in Asia Pacific

06 March 2014 Pattaya, Thailand – The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) was among the 13 civil society groups representing different small food producers from small farmers, indigenous, rural women, fisherfolks, pastoralists, and agricultural workers, as well as representatives from rural development NGOs in the Pacific, Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia...


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Visit to PCFS key partners in Guatemala and El Salvador

Last January 2014, PCFS in Latin America and the Caribbean had meetings with members and partners from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. The trip was made possible with the support of AROAJ in Guatemala and FUNPROCOOP in El Salvador. The meeting aimed to discuss and learn more on how to translate...


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PCFS 2013 Special Yearend Newsletter

The People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty 2013 Special Yearend Newsletter is now ready for downloading. The newsletter contains the network's outputs in 2013 which includes the Critique on the CFS Zero Draft of the Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investments (rai) in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition, a statement...


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

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...


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PCFS Tribute to Mandela

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...


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PCFS says junk WTO and calls for Food Sovereignty in Bali

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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

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WTO on Agriculture: Over a decade of false hopes

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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

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A Glimpse of Her Stories: Rural Women's Resilience and Food Security Mini Book

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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.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 12:53  

10 Years of Failure, Farmers Deceived by GM corn

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Written by April Porteria Saturday, 09 November 2013 21:59

The film entitled “10 Years of Failure, Farmers Deceived by GM corn” shows the dire situation of corn farmers in the Philippines who have adopted GM corn. Amidst protests from farmers, scientists, consumers and basic sectors, GM corn was commercialized in the Philippines in 2003. At present, there are about 8 varieties of single, stacked-trait and pyramided GM corn approved by the government for direct planting. It is now planted in about 685,317 hectares of agricultural land allotted for corn.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 November 2013 22:22

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Implement the 2011 UNEP Report in Ogoniland Now!

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Written by April Porteria Tuesday, 29 October 2013 17:05

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.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 October 2013 10:16

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Contacts

People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) Offices

Global Secretariat Coordinator
secretariat@foodsov.org

Asia:
Mailing Address: 114 Timog Avenue, 1103 Quezon City, Philippines
Phone: +632 9277060 to 62, loc. 208 / Fax: +632 9276981
Email: secretariat-pcfs-asia@foodsov.org

Africa:
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 76547-00508, Nairobi, Kenya
Phone: +254 (0) 20 522 7692
Email: pcfsafrica-sect@foodsov.org

Latin America:
Mailing Address: 2nd Floor, Office 201, 16 de Julio Avenue (El Prado), La Paz, Bolivia
Phone: +591 2 2312830
Email: secretaria.pcfs.lac@foodsov.org