RECAP: We are #Hungry4Change!

October-November 2020

In commemoration of this year's World Hunger Day on October 16, the People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) launched #Hungry4Change: Advancing our right to just, equitable, and sustainable food systems. The #Hungry4Change campaign is a continuation and further broadening of the 9 Demands for Food and Rights campaign by showcasing the direction to fully realize the human right to food.

About 30 organizations in at least 15 countries worldwide actively took part in this year's World Hunger Day. We thank all our members and networks who joined us and participated in the many activities lined up for the commemoration.

See all the World Hunger Day 2020 activities
Read our Joint Statement on World Hunger Day

UN rights expert pledges to amplify rural voices in upcoming UN Food Systems Summit

PCFS organized an independent digital dialogue to engage with UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Michael Fakhri and his predecessor Hilal Elver on the demands and recommendations they want to raise in the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit. Fakhri and Elver both welcomed the demands that were put forward during the dialogue.
Watch the recorded livestrem of the digital dialogue

RCEP is a threat to our rights

People Over Profit (POP) Network led a global online protest on November 14 against the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement, which ASEAN signed this month. The network expressed that RCEP will only worsen the already adverse impacts of neoliberal globalization particularly in terms of access to medicine and basic social services.

The IMF-World Bank’s agenda for debt and “recovery”: A business-as-usual

The IMF-World Bank proposals for a post-COVID economic “new normal” gears up for a “recovery,” joining calls for more resilient, inclusive and sustainable recovery. But their agenda would be fuel for a broken engine—more accumulation of capital. Watch the webinar “Reclaim our Rights: Freeing tomorrow from the IMF-WB neoliberal pandemic.”

Palestinian prisoner suspends hunger strike, to be released this November

Maher Al-Akhras, Palestinian prisoner jailed without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention, suspended his hunger strike after 103 days following the Israeli occupation court’s agreement to his ‘terms of release at end of this month.

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Help the Victims of Typhoon Ulysses
PCFS is accepting monetary and in-kind donations for the affected communities of Typhoons Goni and Vamco. As of 24 November 2020, we have raised a total amount of PHP 167,228.50 (USD 3470) that went to affected families in Rizal and Bicol. The next relief operation shall be for Cagayan.
Watch the documentary "Stuck in Mud"
November 29

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People #AllForPalestine
December 4

Comparative Study of Land Reform in Philippines, Cambodia, and Myanmar (webinar)
Education Series on People’s Resistance in South Asia
December 7
Impacts of Chinese investments to South Asia’s Land and Agriculture (webinar)

December 9
Imperialism in South Asia (webinar)
December 10 

International Human Rights Day

READ: Towards Just, Equitable, and Sustainable Food Systems

From advocating for “genuinely redistributive agrarian reform” and “people-led rural development” to “food sovereignty” and “agroecology and regenerative agriculture”, among others offer insights to the goals and aspirations of transformations.

READ: Weaponized response of states to CoVID-19: Militarist trends in South Asia and Southeast Asia

Governments across the world, especially in the Southeast and South Asia region have implemented strict lockdowns, along with a mass deployment of troops and armed forces among urban and rural communities. Such measures have propagated a repressive and ‘weaponized’ response to the pandemic; one that clearly prioritizes state interests and blatantly disregards public welfare and people’s rights.

WATCH: Seed Keepers & Truth Tellers: From the Frontlines of GM Agriculture

This animated short shines a bright light on how fragile and unjust so many of our interconnected global systems are, focusing on genetically modified (GM, also known as GMO) seeds and the story of their global impacts.

WATCH: Perspectives of African Rural Women in Agriculture

In commemoration of the October 15 International Day of Rural Women, PCFS Africa organized the webinar to tackle the challenges African women face amid threats of corporate takeover and climate change on top of the prevailing inequalities and social exclusion faced by the sector.

WATCH: PCFS-Asia in ASEAN People’s Forum 2020

PCFS co-organized two workshops under the Convergence Space on Trade, Investment, and Corporate Power and the Convergence Space on Human Rights and Access to Justice. in the recently concluded ASEAN People’s Forum 2020. Rahmat Ajiguna of Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria, Theng Saveoun of Coalition of Cambodia Farmers Community, and Kurniawan Sabar of INDIES represented PCFS-Asia and discussed the rights violations on peasants and the need for genuine agrarian reform. Read our joint news release post-ACSC/APF 2020.

‘Countdown to catastrophe’ in Yemen as UN again warns of famine

‘Yemenis not going hungry, they are being starved,’ says United Nations as it warns of looming famine.

India’s farmers protest passage of 3 farm acts

The farmers have already begun protesting nationwide, right after these were passed from the parliament. Bhumi Adhikar Andolan vows to continue challenging the acts and its implementation on the ground and will also explore legal ways to challenge this since it impinges upon the federal character and takes away the right of the State legislatures to make the laws.

Why the Kurdistan struggle should be a global struggle

The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS), a global network that seeks to coordinate anti-imperialist and democratic movements all around the world, has dedicated November as the Month of Global Solidarity for Kurdistan.

Thai farmers brave bullets, prison for community land titles

Four members of the Southern Peasants' Federation of Thailand (SPFT) in Surat Thani province were killed between 2010 and 2015, and many more sued and jailed since, in a more than decade-long fight for land and community titles.

A South African village, a murder and a coal mine

Unknown gunmen have shot and killed Fikile Ntshangase, 65, a prominent critic of a coal mine and its proposed expansion in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province.

‘Digital land grab’ deprives traditional LatAm peoples of ancestral lands: Report

South American nations, including Brazil and Colombia, are increasingly using georeferencing technology for registering land ownership. However, it can be used by landgrabbers and agribusiness companies to fraudulently obtain deeds depriving traditional communities of their collective ancestral lands, according to a new report.

Cargill: the company feeding the world by helping destroy the planet

In the wealthy global north, Cargill’s negative impact has been largely limited to food contamination and environmental pollution. But the global south has experienced the more wide-reaching effects of commodity agriculture.

Global Outrage at FAO Plans to Partner with Pesticide Industry

PCFS, along with 350 organizations in 63 countries, signed a letter to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Qu Dongyu urging him to stop recently-announced plans to deepen collaboration with CropLife International by entering into a formal partnership.

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands

The investigation focused on the brutal treatment of women in the production of palm oil, including the hidden scourge of sexual abuse, ranging from verbal harassment and threats to rape.

The story of Pan Amma reflects the struggles of rural women

Chathu Hathurusinghe shares her conversation with Tamil rural woman Pan Amma and her reflections on multiple roles of women in asserting household-level food security.

CPDE Policy Conference 2020 Declaration

CPDE insists that the Development Effectiveness principles, aligned with human and women’s rights frameworks, be at the heart of the response to COVID-19 and the global effort, now and for the future, to achieve 2030 Agenda.
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