CORA (Collective Rice Action) 2011 was launched on 1 January 2011 with the theme “Safe Rice for Life and Livelihood!”. In 15 countries across Asia (PR China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh), thousands of people will be celebrating CORA events ranging from rallies to workshops and festivals. CORA is spearheaded by the Save Our Rice Campaign of Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP); 30 network partners are anchor organizations for CORA in the 15 countries working with numerous other local people’s organizations. CORA builds on the success of its predecessors, WORA (Week of Rice Action) 2007 and 2008, and YORA (the People’s Year of Rice Action) 2009-2010. It runs from 1 January to 15 March 2011 with a collective culmination in different CORA countries on 15 March, World Consumers’ Day. Rice consumers are put at serious risk from the use of hazardous pesticides in rice cultivation and the genetic engineering of rice seeds while small-scale rice farming communities are among the poorest sectors in the world due to the impacts of imperialist globalization and corporate control over agriculture. There is an urgent need to revert to the rice culture, community wisdom and biodiversity-based ecological agriculture which sustained rice communities for generations before the Green Revolution and ensured safe food for and the food sovereignty of small rice producers and rice consumers.
If you want to be a part of CORA in your country, please contact the relevant CORA anchor organization in our list of CORA partners at www.panap.net or www.ricewisdom.org or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Save the Rice of Asia!