28 August 2015
Issues or problems associated with land have become more multi-layered in the 21st century. In particular in the Philippine setting, a number of “pro-poor” land laws were enacted after the Marcos dictatorship. These laws were products of social movements’ struggles and mass movement assertions on land rights in a democratic set-up. The 1987 Constitution has a very strong social justice component, which recognizes the rights of farmers/peasants to land, of fisherfolk to traditional fishing ground, and of indigenous peoples (IPs) to ancestral lands.
Focus on the Global South and Save Agrarian Reform Alliance (SARA) are launching a documentary series on agrarian reform and land rights, dubbed, "Standing on Contentious Grounds: Stories of Hope, Struggle, and Resistance”. The series aims to document land reform, land rights struggles, and post-land distribution accounts that have yet to find successful endings but can already show better beginnings for farmer-beneficiaries. The first of this series of accounts/stories was about the farmers at Hacienda Luisita and their
Report of the Central Fact Finding Team’s visit to the Sardar Sarovar Project Submergence Areas in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, India on 9th – 10th May, 2015
This year marks 30 years of resilient struggle of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, which continues its battle to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of thousands of dalits, adivasis and other communities in the Narmada region, in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
Focus on the Global South Philippines participated in the first Agrarian Reform Youth Congress last weekend, which was attended by about 60 student leaders and grassroots rural youth and labor youth leaders from around the country.
The event was a product of the last two years of engagement and relationship building with the students of the two universities involved (University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila), and grassroots groups from the rural youth and labor sectors.
Focus on the Global South, with Save Agrarian Reform Alliance (SARA), aims to document land reform, land rights struggles, and post-land distribution accounts that have yet to find successful endings but can already show better beginnings for farmer-beneficiaries.
As the 7th World Water Forum kicks off in Daegu, South Korea, civil society organizations and international allies have gathered in the city for an Alternative Forum-Water for All in Korea on April 13-14.
The French multinational water giant,Veolia Environnement is seeking to grow its business in the country through a potential contract in Daegu. Focus on the Global South has put together a primer- Veolia in Asia-Pacific: five reasons why you should challenge Veolia.