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 therebyLast Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:49
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.Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:30
Written by April Porteria Monday, 21 October 2013 12:48
NO TO CORPORATE WORLD FOOD DAY!
Speak Out Against Monopoly Control of Transnational Corporations (TNCs) and Domination of States in the Global Food System
From Asia and the Pacific, Africa and to the Latin America and the Caribbean, small-scale food producers and their supporters from civil society and social movements are speaking out against monopoly control in the world food system on the occasion of the World Food(less) Day or Corporate World Food Day.
We invite you to add your voice and let the world know that we say no to neoliberal policies in agriculture, no to corporate takeover and domination of wealthy states over agriculture and food production, no to their control of the global food system and say yes to food sovereignty!Last Updated on Monday, 21 October 2013 12:57
Written by April Porteria Thursday, 17 October 2013 19:17
A CALL FROM LIMA
LATIN AMERICA SUPPORTS LIFE AND CLIMATIC JUSTICE
Our planet is currently in an emergency. The concentration of greenhouse gases has reached alarming levels, dangerously increasing global temperatures. This could irreversibly change life on the planet.
The current development model, characterized by the accelerated and irrational extraction of natural resources and the commercialization of life in order to achieve a paradigm of market growth which doesn t take into consideration the planetary limits, has produced a civilizational crisis which manifests itself in multiple ways (in terms of the environment, climate, alimentation, energy and poverty, among others).
From now until 2015, a new agreement on the global climatic regimen will be established. Thismust be binding and ambitious in order to rapidly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. It should be based on the principle of equality and include common and differentiated responsibilities for achieving climate justice for the most vulnerable. Without this agreement, the life of future generations will be put at risk.
Written by April Porteria Tuesday, 08 October 2013 10:31
Statement on the World Food(less) Day
Say No to Corporate World Food Day!
A September 2013 survey report released by the UN Global Impact and Accenture shows that Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) no longer set the agenda for development, and that the vast majority of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) believe that business should lead efforts to define and deliver new goals on global priority issues. Many of the CEOs interviewed in the survey are from food and agricultural industries.
Hence it is not surprising that in the commemoration of World Food Day this year, the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) focuses on creating an enabling environment for large-scale agricultural investment. The CFS, which is responsible for the development of policies concerning world food security, subscribes to a neoliberal policy that furthers the monopoly control of big corporations and domination of wealthy states over the global food system — essentially turning the World Food Day, which to many people especially from the South is really World Hunger Day, into Corporate World Food Day.Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 12:10
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