Peasant Leaders From The Global South Gather in Manila to Speak Out Against Land Grabbing and Destructive Agribusiness Ventures
July 2, 2011
What: Public Forum on Rural Peasants from Across Asia, Africa and Latin America Voice Demands For An End To Land Grabbing, For Food
Self-Sufficiency and Agrarian Reform
When: July 4, 2011, Monday, 12:30pm – 5:30pm
Where: Balai Kalinaw, UP Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Organizers: Peoples’ Coalition on Food Sovereignty and Better Aid
On July 4th, a public forum at Balai Kalinaw will feature the perspectives of representatives of small scale farmers’ organizations and support groups from India, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Mexico, Cameroon, Kenya, Senegal and Zimbabwe. They will speak about the dispossession of farming families caused by the aggressive global rush for land that has resulted in the destruction of cultivated fields of staple foods and vegetables to make way for foreign corporate agribusiness ventures, and the solutions to be found in strategies of food sovereignty, self-sufficiency and genuine agrarian reform. The keynote speech will be presented by Hon. Rafael Mariano, ANAKPAWIS Partylist Representative and a reaction statement to the discussion will be made by a representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The conclusions of the recent International Fact Finding Mission in Isabela about the startling realities of land grabbing from small farmers for the purposes of establishing an 11,000 hectare Biofuel Project will be compared to other similar cases of destructive forms of `rural development` projects worldwide.