Roundtable for Equity and Sustainability

Monday 12 March 2012IBON International, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the United Methodist Church (UMC) are pleased to invite you to attend the Roundtable for Equity and Sustainability on March 23, 2012, at 6:15 – 7:45 PM in the conference room located in the second floor of Church Center for the United Nations in New York City, USA. This Roundtable gathers experts from UN DESA, UNCTAD and UNEP together with representatives from civil society and governments to discuss the necessity of (...) Read more >>

“Raise the Purchase Price of Unhusked Rice! Control the Market Price of Rice! Fight for Genuine Land Reform!”

Monday 12 March 2012Date: 14-15 February 2012 Venue: Quezon City, Philippines Organizer/s: Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), National Federation of Peasant Women in the Philippines (AMIHAN), ANAKPAWIS (Toiling Masses) Partylist Some 100 participants attended the “National Small Rice Farmers’ Conference” held last February 14-15, 2012 at the Balay Internasyunal, University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City. The conference carried the theme: “Itaas ang Presyo ng Palay! Kontrolin ang Presyo ng Bigas! (...) Read more >>

Bill seeks scrapping of ecozone project in Aurora [Philippines]

Monday 12 March 2012Date: 25 February 2012 Source: Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) Type: News Article MANILA – Anakpawis Rep. Rafael Mariano filed a bill seeking the repeal of the Aurora Pacific Economic and Free Port Act of 2010 creating the Casiguran-based economic zone. Mariano filed Feb. 21 House Bill 5879 or An Act Repealing Republic Act 10083 otherwise known as the Aurora Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, describing the Apeco law as “highly inimical to the collective interest of the Aurora people.” (...) Read more >>

Panay Farmers Oppose Golden Rice [Philippines]

Monday 12 March 2012Date: 8 March 2012 Source: Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) Type: News Article Farmers and church people from the municipalities of Pototan and Zarraga oppose the introduction of Genetically Modified Rice into their respective municipalities. Golden Rice, as it is commonly known, is genetically-engineered rice able to produce beta-carotene, a Vitamin A precursor. A forum on Golden Rice was held in Saint Joseph Parish in Pototan, Iloilo last February 7, 2012. Organized by the Forum on (...) Read more >>

Peasant, fisherfolk groups renew call for pull-out from the WTO

Monday 12 March 2012Date: 16 December 2011 Source: Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) Author/s: Ina Alleco Silverio Type: Press Release The Philippines should get out of the World Trade Organization before it’s too late. Peasant and fisherfolk organizations renewed this call recently during the 2nd Rural People’s Conference and Action against WTO and Imperialist Plunder in Quezon City. The activity was led by Anakpawis party list, the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang (...) Read more >>

Senyerang Farmers successfully get back their land, says APC [Indonesia]

Monday 12 March 2012Senyerang, Jambi, INDONESIA – The Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) and the Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) strongly expresses it support to the Senyerang farmers for successfully taking back their land at Senyerang village in Tanjung Barat regency. The militant action is led by the Persatuan Petani Jambi (PPJ) or Farmers Union of Jambi. The Senyerang farmers are demanding the Indonesian government to return their land that was grabbed by PT Wirakarya Sakti (WKS), a subsidiary of the (...) Read more >>

Task for FAO in transforming Agriculture for Nutrition and Sustainable Food Security by MONLAR

Monday 12 March 2012This paper was written by Sarath Fernando of Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) from Sri Lanka. The MONLAR is a member of the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC). Mr. Fernando wrote this document after the FAO Conference on the theme "Nutrition Sensitive Food Production for Sustainable Food Security" held in Bangkok, Thailand from December 7-8, 2011. It was attended by many government, NGO and private sector representatives. The conference discussions were largely (...) Read more >>

Position Paper on the Consultation Process of the National Commission of the Biosafety in the Philippines (NCBP) and the need for a democratic, transparent and scientific process in approving GMO applications

Monday 12 March 2012We, members of the Resistance and Solidarity against Agrochemical TransNational Companies (RESIST) question the consultation process of the NCBP and call for a democratic, transparent and scientific process in approving GMO applications. 1. The process of the consultation was done in haste and without the intent of ensuring the participation of the respondents. First, the NCBP should explain why it has to resort to an ‘online consultation’ whereas it can always invite persons to discuss (...) Read more >>

Land grabbing at Hacienda Looc blame Henry Sy of SM Land, Int’l groups said

Monday 12 March 2012MANILA, Philippines — Delegates of an international solidarity mission blame Henry Sy, owner of SM Land Inc. and the richest man in the country, of land grabbing at Hacienda Looc in Nasugbu, Batangas. The mission, composed of delegates from the United Church of Canada, Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA – Indonesia), researcher from Japan and Belgium, the Malaysia-based Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific, Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), Kasama-TK (Peasant Alliance in Southern (...) Read more >>

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day: APC Salutes the Peasant Women in Nurturing the Seeds, in Protecting their Rights and in Defending their Lands and Livelihood

Monday 12 March 2012Source: Asian Peasant Coalition Type: Press Release Keyword/s: International Women’s Day, peasant women, women’s rights, equality and justice, genuine land reform The Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) joins the world in celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day. “Today, we call all peasant women to renew and continue their struggle for women’s rights and welfare. We condemn the ongoing difficulties that women face in their efforts to assert their rights to equality and justice. All over (...) Read more >>

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