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 Tribute to Mandela

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Written by April Porteria Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:42

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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Grassroots groups, advocates demand dismantling of WTO

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Written by April Porteria Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00

Grassroots groups, advocates demand dismantling of WTO
07 December 2013

BALI, Indonesia – As part of the People’s Global Camp (PGC) activities on December 5, the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) in cooperation with the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) successfully organized a workshop titled “Neoliberal Trends and Analysis in Agriculture: A workshop on People’s Collective Responses Against the WTO.”

A total of 39 representatives from 23 organizations converged at the GOR Ngurah Rai Sports Center in Bali to participate in the said event. In line with the PGC objective, the side-event served as a protest against the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 9th Ministerial Conference (MC9). The workshop highlighted the people’s opposition to the continuing plunder of resources through WTO policies in agriculture.

Rahmat Ajiguna, Secretary General of Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA), welcomed participants warmly and enjoined everyone in strengthening the people’s movement against the WTO.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 15:01

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PCFS speaks against WTO in the People’s Global Camp

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Written by April Porteria Wednesday, 04 December 2013 00:00

PCFS speaks against WTO in the People’s Global Camp

04 December 2013

BALI, Indonesia – People from all sectors from international community gathered today at the People’s Global Camp being held in the GOR Ngurah Rai Sports Center in Bali, Indonesia to protest against and demand the dismantling of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The WTO 9th Ministerial Conference is expected to renew neoliberal policies with focus on agriculture, least developed countries and trade facilitation.

“WTO will renew its neoliberal policies in the Bali Ministerial,” Antonio Tujan, Jr., People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) co-chair said in the opening plenary of the People’s Global Camp. “This global camp is the success of the people and this camp will junk WTO,” he added.

The people are expressing their dismay and disappointment with the WTO. The marginalized and most vulnerable populations all over the world continue to be denied of genuine development with the existence of the WTO. The G33 proposal to allow developing countries to subsidize their agriculture was blocked by the US and the EU further providing proof that nothing beneficial and genuine is possible within the WTO.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 December 2013 15:03

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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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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