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The Integrated Rural Development Foundation of the Philippines (IRDF), is a national NGO that has worked and partnered with communities and organizations of smallholders, fishers, women, indigenous peoples, agricultural workers and youth in the pursuit of social, economic and environmental justice as well as the promotion of gender equality. It started as a, livelihood support institution for farmer federations in 1989 and has since then actively engaged in national and international advocacies for food security and food sovereignty and contributed to the empowerment of grassroots communities and basic sectors in the economic, social, political and cultural spheres. 

IRDF's core program seeks to build the capacity of the rural poor to gain greater access to and control of their land, water, seeds, biodiversity, forest and other productive resources through knowledge generation, networking, advocacy, campaigns and trainings.  It fosters empowerment of basic sectors especially in governance and policy processes. IRDF likewise supports farmer-initiated agriculture innovations and grassroots projects that aim to raise rural incomes and expand access to economic opportunities of the poor especially women. IRDF also contributes to building disaster-resilient communities through disaster preparedness, response, prevention and mitigation.
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Food Sovereignty Movement commemorates Human Rights Day; Decries government attacks on peasant rights

As the world commemorates the International Human Rights Day on December 10, the National Movement for Food Sovereignty (NMFS) decries the embattled state of peasant rights in the Philippines. The NMFS asserts that the rights of the Filipino smallholder food producers are perpetually under attack by the policies of the national government. This is in spite of the UN Declaration enshrining the rights of all individuals to a life of dignity.

“The rights of Filipino peasants and other food producers in the rural areashave been continuously trampled upon. The policies of previous administrations which sought to liberalize, deregulate, and privatize local agriculture all serve as proof of the government’s callousness to the rights of our farmers and other food producers.It cannot be stressed enough that theseneoliberal policies haveresulted in the exacerbation of rural poverty and hunger”said NMFS spokesperson Jhun Pascua. [Read more]

 

A CALL TO ACTION ON WORLD FOOD DAY

PROTECT RICE, SUPPORT SMALL FARMERS’ LIVELIHOODS AND ASSERT FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: A CALL TO ACTION ON WORLD FOOD DAY

In observance of the International World Food Day, we in the Integrated Rural Development Foundation (IRDF) and the National Movement for Food Sovereignty (NMFS) urge the Philippine government to adopt a sovereign food policy that rejects past administrations’ adherence to privatization, deregulation and liberalization of agriculture. Such policies have only deepened poverty and hunger while ensuring the dominance of agribusiness corporations in every stage of the food supply chain.

We call on the Philippine government to protect our small-scale food producers and consumers, assert our food sovereignty and push for agriculture modernization that is supported by and linked to national industrialization. This strategy will truly bring about rural transformation and move the mass of farmers out of poverty. [Read more]

 
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