Written by April Porteria Friday, 21 March 2014 14:04
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 approximately two thirds of India’s 1.2 billion people. The law was further highlighted internationally during the 9th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Meeting in Bali, Indonesia last December 2013 where India led the G-33 in pushing the proposal on food stockholdings for purposes of food security. According to them, the law will allow the government of India to continue and even increase the procurement of wheat and rice at a minimum support price from low income food producers. The proposal seeks the removal of the WTO’s limits on subsidies, as well as in increasing the amount of support and protection of domestic agriculture from the impacts of the global food crisis and trade liberalization.
Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:53
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 of March 2014. Civil society organizations, social movements and grassroots organizations also had a 2-day preparatory and parallel meeting prior to the FAO Asia Pacific (AP) conference.
Held every two years, according to FAO, this year’s conference “will focus on the opportunities and challenges in the region and priority areas of work to improve food security and nutrition, increase agricultural productivity, raise the standard of living in rural populations and contribute to sustainable economic growth”.Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:07
Written by April Porteria Friday, 07 March 2014 11:36
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 and South Asia along with governments and private sector representatives that attended the recently held Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Asia Pacific Multi-stakeholder Consultation on the Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investments (rai) in Pattaya, Thailand last 3-4 March 2014.
PCFS was represented by its co-chair, Mr. Antonio Tujan, Jr. who is also the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) focal person for Southeast Asia.Last Updated on Friday, 07 March 2014 11:41
Written by April Porteria Thursday, 27 February 2014 18:31
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 food sovereignty into actions and sharing of work and experiences of each organization. There was also a discussion on each country's situation on food, agriculture and rural development especially on the food security of the communities.Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 10:47
Written by April Porteria Friday, 10 January 2014 17:52
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 on World Food Day, and special releases on the anti-WTO campaign which culminated in the People's Global Camp in Bali, Indonesia, among others.Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 18:07
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