Category: Food Sovereignty and Agroecology

How “free trade” is destroying Third World agriculture-and who’s fighting back (This article appears in the June 2, 2008, edition of The Nation [New York]. It is being reprinted with permission from The Nation.) by Walden Bello* When tens of thousands of people staged demonstrations in Mexico last y …

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What does it take to get justice in the Philippines?: The Struggle for Land, Life, and Rights of Filipino Farmers By: Sumilao Solidarity Group* TEN YEARS AGO, on October 9, 1997, the Mapadayunong Panaghiusa sa mga Lumad Alang sa Damlag Multi-Purpose Cooperative (MAPALAD-MPC), a group of farmers comp …

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Falconer Underestimates The Crisis of Food Import Surges in Developing Countries : Comment on the Ag Chair’s “2ndInstallment” 25 May 07 Text – Section on the Special Safeguard Mechanism In his communication to the Membership on the special safeguard Mechanism, the WTO Chair for Agriculture, NZ Ambas …

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News Update 20/12/05: 944 protesters have now been released and there are 14 who have been charged with unlawful assembly.DECEMBER 19 – As many as 800 people are still locked up behind bars and held incommunicado a day after they were arrested protesting against the World Trade Organization (WT …

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Indra Lubis and Isabelle Delforge* Once you see Banda Aceh, you hardly dare to speak. Once you enter the destroyed town, filled with stinking mud, once you have seen the rows of corpse-filled trucks where those collecting the dead stand, terrifying in their science fiction masks, once you breathe th …

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 Groups in Mindanao are mobilising against neoliberal policies(Davao City, November 18, 2004) A two-day civil society meeting concludes o­n the importance of trade policies in solving the issue of hunger and poverty in Mindanao. According to a recent SWS survey, 23% of the households in Min …

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November 17-18, 2004 at Felis Resort, Davao City The results of the most recent survey conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) pointed out a most glaring paradox—hunger in Mindanao, the foodbasket of the Philippines.  Hunger incidence in the region was estimated at a national high …

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 By Isabelle Delforge*Mr. Anek Silapapun is sitting in a bright and comfortable meeting room under a massive picture representing his company’s top executives showing their respect to the King of Thailand. He is the senior vice president of Crop Integration Business Group, affiliated to Charoen …

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By Walden Bello     (Speech delivered at the debate o­n patents, drug development, and HIV/AIDS at the XV International AIDS Conference, Bangkok, July 14, 2004.)   Estimates o­n the accelerating rate of HIV infection underline the scale of the public health problem that confro …

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By Isabelle Delforge*This article first appeared in the Bangkok Post Just a few days after authorities reluctantly recognised the existence of the avian flu in Thailand, deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak vowed that the government would take steps to "turn the crisis into opportunity. …

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