“Food security amid the global pandemic is a ticking time bomb if not addressed with a strong resolve to uphold the right to food and peoples’ welfare,” PCFS concluded.
On March 29, PCFS members and networks took to online platforms to expose the severity of the continuing problem of global landlessness by bringing focus to the unseen and disenfranchised landless rural peoples. With global sweep of COVID-19, participating organizations also highlighted the failures of neoliberal policies that only aggravate the vulnerability of the rural peoples, especially the landless, from the pandemic’s resulting socio-economic impacts and their susceptibility to contracting the disease.
PCFS is sharing the resources released by our member organizations on the COVID-19 pandemic.
The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) Africa Steering Council held its first meeting for the year last 26 March 2020.
The successes of militant assertions of the rural peoples of the world for their right to land and food are always threatened by the increasing repression of states, investments of big agribusiness and imperialist plunder. However, land occupation and collective cultivation have persisted amid massacres, intimidation, criminalization of dissent, and oppression. Food sovereignty in action takes shape in the rural peoples reclaiming the land. These victories realize the aspirations of the landless for genuine agrarian reform and development.
Today, we witness the wickedness and injustice of the Zionist occupation in the face of a global pandemic. With the onset of COVID-19 in West Asia and North Africa region, lives are put at a greater stake in conflict-stricken areas including the Palestinian territories. Proxy wars and occupations have hampered and stunted the capacities of suffering countries to weather such a health crisis.