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Declaration of the Participants of the People’s Forum on Water

We, the men and women participants of the People’s Forum on Water held on May 3, 2012 in Manila parallel to the Asian Development Bank’s 45 Annual Governor’s Meeting, representing farmers organizations, irrigators associations, rural women, urban poor communities, non-government organizations and advocates, declare our common conviction that water is a right of all people and that anything that hinders the full enjoyment of this right must be vigorously opposed.

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Aquino’s agri policies ‘corporate-biased and anti-farmer’: TFFS

Manila, Philippines – A few days before the President Benigno S. Aquino III’’s third State of the Nation Address, a broad network of farmer organizations and food security advocates criticized the administration’s agriculture policies as “corporate-biased and anti-farmer.”

 

The Task Force Food Sovereignty (TFFS) claimed that the Aquino administration’s aggressive push to open up the countryside to private investment will lead to deepening corporate control of agriculture and further marginalization of small farmers and fisherfolk who make up the bulk of the rural poor.

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