Collective Rice Action 2011 - Press Releases
From February 26 to March 1, 2011, the People's Coalition for Food Sovereignty (KRKP), IPPHTI, Farmers Forum and Farmers Consortium in collaboration with Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) organized a series of discussions with 8 farmer groups at Karwang District, Indonesia, for CORA (Collective Rice Action) ASIA 2011. This activity was attended by 50 farmer families.
On World Consumer Rights Day, March 15, 2011, Lok Sanjh organized "Organic Farmers and Consumers Interface: Seminar on organic rice as safe food" at District Sheikhupura, the home of basmati. The activity was organized in conjunction with Collective Rice Action (CORA) 2011 being celebrated in fifteen Asian countries with support from Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP). The purpose of the activity was to promote organic produce as safe food, assert the rights of the consumers to safe food, and to foster close interaction between consumers and organic farmers.
The Society for Rural Education and Development (SRED), an anchor organization for CORA Asia 2011organized a seminar focusing on organic rice as safe food, the dangers of pesticides and GE on March 11, 2011, at Kancheepuram. It was attended by farmers, consumers and the general public.
From March 8 to 9, 2011, an exhibition on local rice seeds and a rice festival was organized by CEDAC in collaboration with Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) for CORA (Collective Rice Action) ASIA 2011, at the Samrith Laek Sovannaram Pagoda in Po village, Krang Svay commune. 84 people, including 54 women, students from the Royal University of Agriculture, local authorities, farmer associations, women groups and farmers participated.
Living Farms, one of the anchor organizations for CORA (Collective Rice Action) India 2011, met with four MPs of the ruling party in Orissa as part of CORA Asia 2011, to discuss about the dangers of hybrid rice and the increasing control of corporations over rice farming.
From February 25 to March 15, 10 community-level workshops were organized in Mayurbhanj, Jagatsinghpur, Sundargarh, Mayurbhanj, Rayagada and Ganjam districts.
The All Nepal Peasants' Federation of Nepal (ANPFa) in collaboration with Pesticide Action Network Asia and Pacific (PAN AP) organized a peoples' tribunal on saving rice for CORA (Collective Rice Action) Nepal 2011. Held at the National Agricultural Research Centre premises in Khumaltar, Lalitpur, a panel of three judges heard the testimonies of small rice farmers, scientists and activists on the situation of rice in the country.
15 March 2011: Peasant women today pressed President Benigno Simeon Aquino II to put on top of his administration’s agenda, food security, particularly in terms of the basic staple food of Filipinos, rice.
Paddy and vegetable farmers in Sri Lanka have been the victims of multinational corporations (MNCs) who sell poisons – chemical fertilizers, weedicides and insecticides. Water streams and the soil have been polluted for the last 40 years. In 2009, the Sri Lankan government introduced a compost promotion programme under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture. It was a great step.