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


Monday, October 15, 2012

People from 18 Districts gathered to Colombo to fight for Food Sovereignty.

2500 demonstrators from 18 District out of 25, were gathered to capital city of Sri Lanka to lobby against insecurity of Land, Water, seeds and asking the government to secure the food sovereignty by securing mentioned factors.
Participants from each district demonstrate their own main issues related to the food sovereignty and issues were highlighted with chants, slogan Banners, placards and colorful sign boards while some groups demonstrating with street dramas and songs.
Land right was a common issue in all districts, land grabbing, issues with ownership, lack of lands, and policies against ownership among the raised issues on lands.
Among other topics they highlighted, human elephant conflict, IDPs issue in North and East (Mainly land issues) fisheries and farmers’ issues were noticeable.
People were gathered near Viharmaha Devi Park near town council and conducted a protest march about two kilometers.  During the time, about 40 police officers kept watchful eyes on the scene and it was recorded with cameras by several officers with civil cloths.   
Demonstration was conducted about two and half hours. 

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