On the COVID-19 crisis and the people's right to food, health, livelihood

March 2020

Migrant workers make the journey to their villages on foot following a lockdown amid concern of the spread of coronavirus in New Delhi, India, March 27, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Manish Swarup

People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) and Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific (PANAP) jointly call on governments to exert all efforts to ensure the food security of the people, especially those from the most vulnerable sectors that suffer magnified effects from the pandemic.

The potential surge to food prices, vulnerability due to lack of access basic social services and protection, and the efforts by authoritarian regimes to use the COVID-19 to legitimize and introduce more repressive actions and policies against the people are some of the threats that need to be addressed immediately.

READ: Joint Statement on the COVID-19 crisis

Day of the Landless 2020:
Landless peoples of the world, rise!

On the 6th year of commemorating the Day of the Landless, PCFS highlights the landless – including agricultural workers, contract farmers, rural women and youth, Indigenous Peoples, Dalits, and other marginalized sectors – in a global economy dipping into recession as a global pandemic and overproduction in oil trigger the weaknesses of a globalized neoliberal economy. 

READ: State of global landlessness in 2020
READ: Assert And Defend The Rights Of Rural And All Toiling Peoples Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic!

On Palestinian Land Day

On Land Day, Zionist occupation forces raid Palestinian homes amid the pandemic.

Cuban Doctors Head to Italy to Battle Coronavirus

Italy becomes 6th country to receive help from Cuban brigades of doctors and nurses to fight the pandemic. 

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International Worker's Day

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Despite the global pandemic, it’s business as usual for the Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. 

Palm oil firm has farmers jailed for harvesting from land it stole from them

Indonesian police jailed three indigenous farmers for allegedly stealing oil palm fruit from the plantation PT Hamparan Masawit Bangun Persada. 

Joint Statement on the Detention of Ouch Leng and three other environmental activists

Activists, associations and NGOs strongly condemn Think Biotech Co., Ltd for the detention of human rights and environmental activists held at Sambor district, Kratie province. 

Colombian death squads exploiting coronavirus lockdown to kill activists

Three rural activist leaders were killed after quarantine measures were introduced. 

Israeli settlers attack Palestinian farmers in northwest Ramallah village

Two Palestinian residents injured as Israeli settlers attacked the village of Umm Safa. 

Real Heroes: Mexican Farmers Work Hard To Supply Food Amid COVID-19

Hundreds of thousands of seasonal farmworkers enter the US to ensure enough food. 

COVID-19 is a wake-up call to reverse inequality, a challenge to leave no one behind

COVID-19 bares an underlying pandemic of inequality, which renders the majority and bottom rung of the society more vulnerable to health crises. 
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