Building Community Resistance Against Land Grabbing: Documentation of Cases in Selected Communities in Asia Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Malaysia and the Philippines

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PANAP and its partners engaged in a three-year collaborative project that included documentation of case studies on land grabbing. Through this initiative, local groups were able to use the documentation process to investigate local and/or foreign investments that affect their customary rights and threaten to displace them; consolidate their communities through organising; and engage in media campaigns to amplify their resistance against land grabbing. Using a common research design local groups from Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka developed these case studies over one and a half years.

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Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia

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This booklet is a collection of the wealth of insight and inspiration from rural women who participated in the travelling journal, an initiative from the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC), Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP), Oxfam’s East Asia GROW Campaign, and our partner organisations. We are especially proud of the initiative as it provided the opportunity for rural women to share their thoughts and their lives as small food producers, workers, family members and women. The journal comes at a time when Asian rural women are more marginalised and food insecure as ever, facing the onslaught of corporate agriculture and neo-liberal policies which benefit a few corporations and countries, and elites. The impact of these policies has caused loss of livelihoods, destruction of the ecosystem and increased hunger and malnutrition. But women are confronting these challenges with strong determination for change and providing solutions that protect their rights and safeguard their livelihoods, environment and their communities. They continue to organise themselves and provide leadership roles in their communities and beyond. We are happy that the journal, the first of its kind, gave women a voice to share their lives and their struggles, albeit for a short period of time. Many have written that the journal initiative has been an enriching experience and increased their awareness and solidified their solidarity with other rural women and with communities. But the journey of the journal is far from over—we need now to share these stories of women as far as and to as many communities as possible to serve as an inspiration and even as a guide to strengthen themselves as women, as farmers and be part of a movement for change.

Date Published:
October 7, 2013

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Realise, Resist, Reclaim

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Dedicated to the people’s movements who are in the forefront of the struggle to realise their aspirations and full potential, to resist oppressive, repressive and exploitative systems and institutions. It is also to the people’s movement to reclaim rights to land and productive resources, food sovereignty, gender justice and environmental sustainability. “Realise, Resist and Reclaim” captures one valuable stream of a galaxy of social transformation movements that is fed and facilitated by the Pesticide Action Network in Asia and the Pacific (PANAP). It has led the global campaigning for safer food, sustainable agricultural practices and for a pro-people ecologically sustainable future. Significantly, it also sought to ensure that the rights of women are not only respected but that women are empowered to resist and develop their future vision and frameworks of action. All too often, social movements forget to document such important expressions of the long and difficult journey for transformational change.

Date Published:
September 4, 2013

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Breast Cancer, Pesticides and YOU!

Poisoning from exposure to pesticides is a problem the world over, but most especially in developing countries and particularly for women. Women in Asian countries are severely over-exposed to pesticides, and acute pesticide poisoning kills, maims or incapacitates many millions of Asian women each year.

Date Published:
August 1, 2013

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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