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 3, 2012

Gampaha District Leaders of action week reveals work plan to media

Gampaha District organizers of action week program (Sri Vimukthi Fisher women organisation and Negombo lagoon Fisheries Organization) convene a media briefing on week of action for food sovereignty. 
During the briefing, reviled the work schedule and issues of Negombo lagoon and lagoon fishers facing due to several kind of causes.
Development of tourism making a threat to the lagoon environment hence to fisheries, said the Marcus Fernando, a fisher leader and coordinator of lagoon fisheries organization. and Mr. Aruna made some proposals to regain the production increased in the lagoon as good old days. 
Ms. Subashini, Mrs, Sriyani fernando, a fisher women and activist also participated to the media briefing.    

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