World Food Day
World Food Day was proclaimed in 1979 by the Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It marks the date of the founding of FAO in 1945. The aim of the Day is to heighten public awareness of the world food problem and strengthen solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty. In 1980, the General Assembly endorsed observance of the Day in consideration of the fact that \"food is a requisite for human survival and well-being and a fundamental human necessity\" (resolution 35/70 of 5 December 1980). The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.” Small food producers are composed of farmers, agricultural workers, fisherfolks, pastoralists, indigenous peoples and women, men and young people (CSM Lobbying Document on developing guidelines/framework/code on responsible agricultural investment). Food Sovereignty is the inalienable RIGHT of peoples, communities, and countries to define, decide and implement their own agricultural, labour, fishing, food and land policies which are ecologically, socially, economically and culturally appropriate to their unique circumstances. Rights of small producers; indigenous peoples for self-determination; gender justice in food and agriculture; and rights of agricultural workers are part of this struggle and are directly linked to the right to life and livelihoods. Widget by Way2Blogging


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Food right vs Development

On 9th Oct. 2012 Negombo fisheries community conduct a protest march against unplanned development project around the lagoon and  development of tourism within the lagoon. they call the government to stop the destructive development  projects for the protection of 15,000 people who are depend on the lagoon fishery. Sri Wimukthi  Fisher Women organisation lead the activity.

Tourism and fisheries sectoers are back bone of the  Negombo area economy. But the government main target is to bring tourism as the main economic factor in the country. Government planning to use several lagoons and Inland tanks for tourist attractions and also for land sea planes. Negombo lagoon is one of  main target. Fishers are fighting for protect the lagoon from tourism sector as it will damage the fishers economy and environment.

People conduct  religious ceremonies before start the protest.

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