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

Puthlam District Seminar on Food Sovereignty

 Puthlam District Fisheries Solidarity conducted a awareness program. It was held in Jusevas centre in Puthlam on 11th Oct. 2012 with fishers, farmers and school children.  Fishers From Kalpitiya, Palliwasalpaaduwa and Barudelpola were participated, representatives of farmers  were joined to the program from Karuwelagaswewa. About 70 school children from 2 schools were also actively participated to the program.
During the time of program an exhibition was conducted on traditional farming equipments and also equipments that are use by the farmers in day to day life. And also among the exhibits, there were traditional seed verities of rice and books with related subjects.  
Mr. Sudesh Rodrigu, from Mundal, who work as area manager of World vision speaks about global climate change and effects. Mr. Ashoka Karunarathne, aware the participants on how vanished  the traditional seeds and farming equipments and what are the effects of it. Mr. Nandana Vimalarathne who is specialized on local foods and agriculture, educate the audience on how the traditional customs  were used during the farming in the past.
Participants expressing their views and suggestions, pointed out that to “as community in this area,  must work against destructive tourism development activities which take over  lands people used to live in centuries for food production. Specially in Kalpitiya Islands.
School children proposed a environmental program including planting trees of the vacant areas.    

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