The issue of forced migration is deeply connected to the issue of world hunger, imperialist control over economies and resources, and their aggression against people and our environment. Such a phenomenon does not only cause forced migration but aggravates it while depressing the conditions of migrants and their families even further.
Essentially, it is a reality that the assembly is here now, where there are a lot of expectations and eagerness to rekindle the spirits of activism around joint work of food sovereignty globally. This gathering binds us together for a unity of purpose, a union of common interest and oneness in our food, land and water social struggles. Rest assured that the continental joint efforts and spirit of activism support is bestowed upon you all present in Thailand, despite [myself] not being present with you today.
“It’s despicable that the toll of peasant killings in the Philippines has reached to a point that the country is now fast becoming the most perilous place for farmers in the world. The culture of impunity and murderous violence against small farmers and farmworkers must be put to a stop,” said Roy Anunciacion, PCFS global coordinator.
In the 16 days leading up to the World Food Day, PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) and 40 of its partner organisations from 20 countries have highlighted the need for agroecology and the role of the youth in its promotion through the 16 Days of Global Action on Agroecology 2018.
“How can the World Bank, which clearly have profits and interests at stake in formulating these laws, be given power to craft and advise on land rights legislations? We won’t be used further. We, the rural women, want an equal stake in our right to food, land and food sovereignty and not an equal opportunity to be exploited and oppressed,” Mallari concluded.
The groups, which organized the “International Fact-Finding Mission to Defend Land and Life against Hengfu’s Operations in Cambodia,” are asking the intervention of UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food Hilal Elver and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) director general Jose Graziano de Silva on the land grabbing of more than 13,000hectares by Chinese concessionaire Hengfu Group Sugar Co., Ltd. The mission’s executive summary was submitted to them on Oct. 13, 2018 during the first day of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) Annual Forum of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security, which will hold its 45th plenary session in Rome, Italy on Oct. 15-19, 2018.