Food Sovereignty: News and Updates
It was their native customary land until palm oil companies came and claimed it their own. With the help of corrupt politicians, almost 9,000 hectares of forest and agricultural lands were flattened. Fences were put up, barring indigenous peoples from entering their own ancestral land. This is the story of Melikin. The story of many indigenous peoples in Sarawak.
IFFM discovers impacts on land, livelihood and environment, calls for the tourism project in Panama to stop
“We were once dignified people when we had our own land. Now, we are beggars. Begging for subsistence from others. We cannot even have loans because no one would give us loan. Maybe because they know we cannot pay back.” This was a farmer’s statement during the focus group discussion conducted by the “International Fact Finding Mission (IFFM) in Defense of Land and Livelihood in Panama, Southeast, Sri Lanka,“ organized by the Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) and the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC).
Sombath Somphone, 62 years old, is an internationally acclaimed community development practitioner and has spent the last 30 years working with Lao communities to improve the rural poor's lives. Due to his exemplary efforts to promote sustainable development empower the rural poor in Laos, Sombath was awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Community Leadership in 2005.
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Forecasts indicate world food production must grow at least fifty per cent by 2050, to feed a population of nine billion people. Can this be done in a way that eradicates hunger and preserves the environment?
Farmers' Group condemns the killing of an IP Leader: Demand justice and pull out of A. Brown Company in Opol
Mindanao, Philippines - The farmers' group Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) condemns the killing of Gilbert Paborada, a leader of Higaonon indigenous tribe and Chairperson of Pangalasag . Paborada was shot dead yesterday afternoon.
Antonio Flores, KMP national council member, said that " Pangalasag is an indigenous peoples (IPs) organization resisting the palm oil expansion of A. Brown Company in Opol, Misamis Oriental; and a member of KALUMBAY, a sub-regional IPs Alliance in Northern Mindanao Region (NMR).
For the past few days, incessant monsoon rains in the Philippines have devastated cities and nearby provinces.
Latest government data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council claim that 2 million have been affected including 300,000 in 488 evacuation centers.
APC and KMP calls for the punishment of A. Brown Company and all agencies involve in its illegal operation
Manila, Philippines --- The Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) calls for the punishment of the A. Brown Company and all agencies involve in its illegal operation in Opol, Misamis Oriental.
Manila, Philippines - Residents of Bagocboc and Tingalan in Misamis Oriental, Mindanao, particularly those affiliated with Pangalasag - a local organisation of indigenous Higaonons which has been very vocal against the establishment and expansion of a palm oil plantation in their area, continue to face injustice at the hands of the government authorities.
Twenty years ago, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio, Brazil (also known as the Earth Summit) led to the forging of historic commitments from governments around the world to save the planet. This June, the Rio+20 Summit is being held to assess how much of the Earth Summit's goals have been achieved, and to define measures that will chart the path towards sustainable development.
International petition to save farmers and indigenous peoples of Southern Philippines from oil palm expansion launched
Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific today launched an international petition aimed at immediately stopping the landgrabbing activities of A Brown, a Philippine oil palm plantation company, which since 2010 has displaced an indigenous farming community in Opol, Misamis Oriental in Southern Philippines.
An International Fact-Finding Mission (IFFM) on the landgrabbing of indigenous peoples' lands in Opol, Misamis Oriental in Southern Philippines today confirmed that A. Brown Company, Inc. has no right to operate in the 520-hectares of public land from which it forcibly displaced hundreds of families from the Higaonon tribe.
International FFM calls for pull-out of palm oil plantation in indigenous lands in Southern Philippines, end to global landgrabbing
Province of Misamis Oriental, Southern Philippines-Delegates of an International Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) expressed outrage at the ongoing landgrabbing and harassment of indigenous peoples by the American firm A. Brown Company, Inc., which operates a palm oil plantation in the municipality of Opol.
A total of 54 indigenous people have participated in 3-day capacity-building trainings held in two different places in Sarawak, Malaysia in April. The trainings aimed to enhance the capacity of indigenous people with the tools that will enable them to know their rights and effectively advocate for them. The said training also aimed to provide them with documentation and advocacy skills for conflict resolution, negotiation and legal action.
We, 130 representatives of small food producers including farmers, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, pastoralists, rural women, and youth, cooperatives, labor movements, consumers and NGOs from 20 countries worldwide met from March 10 to 11, 2012 for the CSO parallel consultation to the 31st FAO-Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The next ten years could decide whether the world’s fight against climate change is lost or won. The Durban Package – the set of decisions agreed to in the summit – amounts to more heavy lifting for the South, less obligations for the North, and little help for the poor. Worse still, it means that the present decade will be a decade of zero progress in curbing global emissions, and one where equity as the basis of the global climate effort will have been abandoned.
Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International hailed the verdict of the Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT) against the world's six largest agrochemical companies Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow Chemical, DuPont and BASF after a historic four-day session that culminated in Bangalore, India yesterday.
Witnesses who testified in the four-day Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT) Session on Agrochemical Transnational Corporations (TNCs) assert that the pesticide industry's Big 6 should be held criminally liable for violations of human rights, as jurors are set to release today a historic verdict on the indictment brought forward by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International on behalf of victims and survivors around the world.