Since the early 1990s, Cambodia has been heavily reliant on foreign aid. The Cambodian Government is seeking to reduce donor-dependence and increase self-reliance, aiming to lift the country to the status of higher middle-income country by 2030. This goal depends heavily on increasing private investment, and the Government has described the private sector as the “engine of economic growth” for Cambodia. It is therefore seeking to encourage both foreign and domestic investment in order to maintain current growth rates and facilitate continued development of the country.
Our Executive Director Shalmali Guttal speaks about the increasing accounts of criminalisation of dissent and attack on peasants that is occurring in many parts of the world, including India and reasserts the importance of global peasant solidarity in the form of International Day of Peasant's Struggle.
Speaking to us during the International Conference of Agrarian reform in Maraba, Brazil, Shalmali also expressed her honour and pride in being with the peasants from around the world, in their moments of resistance.
Video courtesy of La Via Campesina
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.