9 Demands for Food and Rights
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April 2020

Rural peoples are at the frontlines of producing food for the world amid the COVID 19 pandemic. Yet, they are disproportionately at risk without adequate support and social safety nets. Crops left untended, inaccessible fishing waters, lack of access to roads and towns for trade, plummeting farmgate prices of export goods and increasing price of food staples paint a bleaker future of

risk and hunger for the rural peoples in the Global South. 
   The vulnerabilities caused by the pandemic only amplify the gnawing stomach of our food producers as they are barred from farming and fishing, which affects the larger population. States must not forget the necessary role of the food producers in addressing a public health crisis. 

READ: Global food security, a ticking time bomb

Stop the corporate hijack of the 2021 World Food Systems Summit!

This sign-on statement calls for the rescindment of the UN-WEF partnership, and instead organize a people-centered and inclusive Summit in 2021. 

ILPS Inter Views: Razan Zuayter on the West Asia situation

PCFS Global Co-chairperson shared her general reflections about the crisis, the situation in West Asia and North Africa region, and the 9 demands for food and rights 

Land, Rights, Food: Webinar on COVID-19 and Food Security in the PH

Peasant leaders and advocates share the Philippine experience on hunger and poverty of the rural sector and the aggravating case of the pandemic in the country 

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READ: Global food security crisis not merely a ‘logistics’ issue

The recently concluded G20 leader’s meeting insists that the food crisis is just a trade problem despite the history of imperialist plunder, landgrabbing, and neoliberal policies 

READ: Concatenation of Evil: An analysis of the contingencies for a global health emergency and the resulting need

IPTK, a member-organization in Bolivia, provides an integral and dialectical analysis of the different aspects of the crisis brought by the pandemic, in the context of Bolivia

READ: Food And Rights Talk: Fear And Hunger In Rural India

Poguri Chennaiah, APC chairperson and PCFS EC member, talks about the survival, hunger, and human rights in the pandemic-afflicted rural India. 

Recipe for disaster: The IMF and World Bank’s role in the financialisation of food and agriculture

World Bank and IMF policies have resulted in land grabs, high price volatility, concentration of power in agriculture and expansion of climate-damaging industrial agriculture. 

Cuba Prioritizes Food Production During COVID-19 Outbreak

The contributions of food producers to the national economy and to the consumption of the population has become more strategic, it is essential. 

China in Africa Is More Than a Land Grab

The biggest prize for Beijing’s helping hand in Africa is political capital. 

‘Sagip Kanayunan’ relief volunteers released on bail

The relief volunteers for Philippine rural communities were released after the illegal arrest and arbitrary detention under the “martial law-style" implementation of community quarantine 

'Worse than the war': Hunger grows in Lebanon along with anger

A month into the lockdown, the government is fumbling its coronavirus aid response, driving civil unrest. 

The US acts as a pirate and leaves Yemen without food or fuel

US and Saudi Arabia commit another crime against humanity amid the crisis 

Chilean Police Violently Repress Protesters in Santiago

Plaza Dignidad became witness to the arrest of 30 protesters calling against human rights violations by the Carabineros. 

In Conversation with Dr. Fatima Burnad: Where Dalit and Feminist Activism Meet

The interview with PCFS Asia Steering Council member Dr. Fatima, one of the key activists of women and Dalit rights, opens the story of resistance against the trade and agricultural policies affecting women farmers. 

April 15 marked as Global Day of Solidarity for Public Health Not Private Profit

ILPS formulated five demands for the public and common good in addressing the global pandemic. 
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