“Biofortification is a business strategy, not a solution to global malnutrition. It is not that staple foods in developing nations are deficient of nutrients; rather, TNCs have kept the income of rural peoples too low through price cartels and monopoly control of food production and distribution,” Mallari said.
Women play an indispensable role as leaders and trailblazers in our collective struggle for land and life. The rural women, particularly, have continued to resist gender discrimination along with the exploitation of feudal landlords and corporations toward achieving our universal right to safe, nutritious, affordable, and culturally-appropriate food. Breaking the boundaries of patriarchal standards is part and parcel of our fight for food sovereignty, for freedom from all kinds of oppression is one of its key principles.
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In spite of the repeated calls by civil society organisations over the years of the war, the suffering in Yemen has grown. We hereby renew the call to the international community to halt the starvation of the Yemeni people.
The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty led a Global Day of Action on December 10, International Human Rights Day, in time for the 70th year commemoration of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Member organizations and networks of the Coalition organized activities that highlight their respective local struggles under the theme “Stop Killing Farmers! End Impunity Now!”
The Coalition shares the joy of SPFT for marking this milestone. Its land occupation campaigns in the past decade are an inspiration to the rural peoples’ movement in Asia and all over the world. SPFT lives on to champion the rights of the poor and landless in Thailand in the face of corporate-driven development aggression and state-sponsored repression.