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A CALL TO ACTION ON WORLD FOOD DAY

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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]

 

A Statement on the Effects of Typhoon Lando

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KaTrining is a farmer from the province of Cagayan, and a member of the farmer’s group KABAPA. She is a small producer tilling 2 hectares of land in Cabanatuan. Primarily planting rice, she is among those who fell victim to Typhoon Lando’s wrath. A mixture of shock, disbelief, and gloom took a hold of her as she came to her fields to inspect her crops in the morning following the storm. The irrigation canals gave way during the height of the storm and the water proceeded to drown most of her crops. She says that she would be lucky if should could to save as much as a third of her harvest. With all her losses, it would be highly unlikely that she could break even this planting season. [Read more]

 

PEOPLE’S RESPONSE TO WATER PRIVATIZATION AND RESOURCE GRABBING: STRATEGIES TO RECLAIM WATER AND COMMONS

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BASIS OF UNITY

We are representatives of farmers and fishers, indigenous peoples and urban poor organizations, human rights advocates, environmentalists, Church leaders and civil society advocates, brought together by our common desire to defend our right water and keep water as part of the commons.

 

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