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


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Tea Plantation Workers on Struggle to stop Slavery

British Rulers who introduce the tea plantation to the Sri Lanka, brought the people from South India work as labours in plantation sector. for about 200 years, these people still live in same standards, They do not have separate Individual family houses, still living in line houses which build in colony period and according to policies, they do not have right to land, More than a million plantation workers still work as slaves in upcountry area.
On 12th Oct, the plantation workers conducted a conference to aware the people on issues they are facing. They are asking  the government to release the lands which have abandoned after weakening of tea cultivation in several areas of SL. There are about 35000 hectares of such barren lands and community requesting 2 acres of land for a family.
Participants conducted a march protest after the conference.

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