Turning Point: Occupational health and safety of agricultural workers: ILO conventions and gaps


This scoping paper primarily aims to identify gaps in existing ILO Conventions pertinent to occupational health and safety in agriculture. Specifically, it seeks to review the 1990 Chemicals Convention (C190) and the 2001 Safety and Health in Agriculture Convention (C184). Secondly, the paper intends to identify areas for campaigning and engagement to improve agricultural workers’ rights and welfare.

Date Published:
July 12, 2013

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Speak Out: From Singur to Sompeta: People’s resistance against land grabbing gaining power in India


In early 2006, Singur in West Bengal became the epitome of peasants’ struggle against neo-liberal expansion in land and livelihoods in India. Meanwhile, in 2010 the struggle in Sompeta exposed politics of ‘power’ in the name of energy production in Andhra Pradesh. Villagers and fishers there resisted the development of a government-backed private thermal power plant, which caused State-wide protest and raised the question of development effectiveness as a whole. Following these events, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) supported local movements and organised international fact-finding missions (IFFM) in both Singur and Sompeta in order to highlight actual scenarios of the cases world-wide. As an impact of the IFFM, local movements received world-wide support from various groups and pressure was built up on the government to revise their plans, as per peoples’ demands. In both cases the movements were strong and sustained. They carried out demonstrations and other activities in support of their demands for several years. In the end, the proposed development projects in Singur and Sompeta were abandoned. However, no official statement has been issued to date, of complete seizure of the projects, and redistribution of land among the affected persons, have not taken place. Today in Singur (and to some extent in Sompeta) people have very little hope of having their livelihoods restituted, as the media spotlight has shifted from these cases to other ‘breaking’ news, while politicians have also lost interest as the elections in both places were over a few years back. However, the people’s resistance groups are still alive, active and vigilant in both places.

Date Published:
July 5, 2013

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Women Reclaim Our Seeds


This booklet shares women’s successful initiatives to revitalise local varieties and to celebrate women’s resilience and knowledge systems in food and agriculture production. It is to recognise women’s strengths, innovativeness and contributions in sustainable agricultural practices and in ensuring food security for her family and community. The stories come from the diverse experiences of women-led or managed initiatives in sustainable farming practices across Asia where they play key roles as custodians of seeds.

Date Published:
May 20, 2013

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Tañon Saga: A Guidebook for Environmental Activism and Empowerment


This book chronicles the story of how Cebuano environmentalists united to protect the Tanon Strait seascape from destructive oil exploration activities. Using scientific data and interviews with the stakeholders, it proves that protection of the environment is not just an issue for the directly-affected but is an issue for all of us. Read how a group of fisherfolk, NGO workers, lawyers, students, professionals, and scientists came together to conduct one of the most successful environment protection campaigns in Central Visayas and in the Philippine

Date Published:
May 16, 2013

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Climate Change and Gender Justice: A Participatory Research Study on the Impact of Climate Change on Women in Three Selected Rural Communities in the Philippines


This study was conducted by the AMIHAN, National Federation of Peasant Women, a mass organization of peasant women and other rural women to respond to the need to organize rural women and develop their strength for collective action in addressing issues on marginalization and discrimination, poverty and landlessness. It was conducted in Barangays San Rafael, Mascap and Puray in the municipality of Rodriguez, province of Rizal.

Date Published:
February 28, 2013

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A Generation in Jeopardy How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence

Kids today are sicker than they were a generation ago, and a growing body of scientific evidence points to pesticides as a reason why. From childhood cancers to learning disabilities and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise. This is PAN’s report reviewing dozens of recent scientific studies on the impacts of pesticides on children’s health.

Date Published:
October 20, 2012

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This is a presentation by PAN reviewing dozens of recent scientific studies on the impacts of pesticides on children’s health. Kids today are sicker than they were a generation ago, and a growing body of scientific evidence points to pesticides as a reason why. From childhood cancers to learning disabilities and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise.

Date Published:
November 1, 2012

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Report on Women and Pesticide Survey: Case Study in Sang District Kandal Province

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A survey on women and pesticide in Saang district, Kandal province was conducted in June and July 2010.The designed questionnaire was the main tool for collecting information from the field. As the result, 51 woman samples were randomly selected from 3 communes of Saang district, Kandal province where a commercial vegetable production is.

Date Published:
April 1, 2011

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Communities in Peril: Global report on the health impacts of pesticide use in agriculture


The report reflects how a food and agricultural system promoted by a handful of agrochemical corporations as the industrialization of agriculture, has not only failed to deliver on ending hunger and stimulating prosperity, but in fact, left a footprint of damage to the health of peoples and ecosystems through the dangerous use, trade and disposal of synthetic pesticides.

Date Published:
June 23, 2010

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Communities in Peril: Asian Regional Report on Community Monitoring of Highly Hazardous Pesticide Use


This report details the results of a community monitoring study aimed at investigating the use and impacts of pesticides in affected communities in Asia, and observance of the International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides (the Code of Conduct). The monitoring took place in the context of increasing use of pesticides and associated impacts on farmers, agricultural workers and their communities in the Asian region. The approach used in this initiative was based on Community Pesticide Action Monitoring (CPAM) a participatory method that involves community members who undertake the research, and encourages organizing and action.

Date Published:
February 22, 2010

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Community Monitoring of SAICM Implementation on Pesticide Use and Practices: Initial Results of the Community Monitoring and International Advocacy Project in Asia

This report presents the initial results of monitoring gathered through the Community Monitoring for International Advocacy project, an initiative of Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International, carried out by PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) and partners in the Asian region.

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