17 April 2016
The Global Campaign of Agrarian Reform, of which Focus on the Global South is part, held the International Conference of Agrarian Reform in Brazil earlier this month.
Focus joins hundreds of protesters in front of the Philippine Department of Agriculture Office to demand justice and urgent government action on El Nino. Kalampag or Kampanya Laban sa Pagkagutom (Campaign against hunger) is symbolised by an empty pot, a perennial symbol used by informal settlers and urban poor communities to dramatise the problem of hunger.
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Suffering the brunt of the ongoing El Nino, more than 6 thousand farmers converged along a national highway in Kidapawan in the island of Mindanao in the Philippines on March 30 to demand 15,000 sacks of rice and financial subsidy promised to them six months earlier by the provincial government. They urgently need this assistance to tide them over until they are able to plant and harvest rice again.
When we attempted to investigate landholding of the rich, the result was we have been prosecuted and tried in the Court. We were then sentenced to jail and were held liable to pay damages to the rich.
When we declared that land mist belong to those who till it with their labour, the result was we have been summoned for ‘attitude adjustment’.
When we insisted of having the right and access to land and the management of all resources in society, the result was laws have been invoked to mete out measures to forcibly evict us from the land.