Replacing Chemicals with Biology: Phasing out highly hazardous pesticides with agroecology

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This publication provides information drawn from all regions to assist countries in replacing HHPs with ecosystem-based approaches to pesticide and crop management – replacing chemicals with biology. It draws together previously published and new material in a form that is accessible for policy- and decision-makers at the national and international level, as well as providing practical guidance at the farm and farm-support level. It also points out that use, and phasing out, of HHPs must be seen in the context not only of human health and environmental impacts and costs, but also in the context of food security, poverty reduction, and climate change.

Date Published:
November 15, 2015

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Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia on Food Sovereignty

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This booklet, Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia on Food Sovereignty is the latest life-stories of 50 rural women from six countries across the Asia Pacific region who took part in the Women’s Travelling Journal (WTJ) on Food Sovereignty.

Date Published:
March 8, 2015

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Our Stories, One Journey: Empowering Rural Women in Asia on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

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This booklet documents 17 inspiring life-stories of rural women from 14 countries from the Global South who participated in the Women’s Travelling Journal on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (WTJ-SRHR). Following the success of the first women’s travelling journal in 2013; this second WTJ is a joint initiative of the Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC), the Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), and our partner organisations in Asia and Africa. The WTJ-SRHR comes at a time when SRHR issues need much attention especially as policymakers and global leaders chart the new post-2015 development agenda. However, as witnessed in many global processes, the voices of rural women are often silenced. Their concerns around their rights, their autonomy, and their bodily integrity – as indicated in the hard-won language on SRHR evident in the ICPD Programme of Action and the Beijing Platform for Action – have been watered-down and traded-off. Today, rural women are more marginalised than ever – despite comprising the majority of the population in many countries in Asia and Africa. Rural women take care of the families and the communities they live in. They contribute significantly to production and reproduction as small food producers, workers, family members, and women. They feed the world; however, many of them carry out their daily roles amidst the onslaught of neoliberal policies, which have wreaked loss of livelihoods, destroyed ecosystems, increased hunger and malnutrition, and broadened social injustice. Rural women are battling these problems while burdened by sexual and reproductive ill-health and violations of their sexual and reproductive rights. Their SRHR issues include continuing limited access to quality health care services, especially sexual and reproductive health information, care and services. In employment, rural women face unequal opportunities and their SRHR goes unrecognized in the labour market. The use of pesticides among women food producers is affecting their overall health while gender based violence and harmful practices such as child, early and forced marriage, and female genital mutilation among others, also threaten their health and well-being.

Date Published:
September 30, 2014

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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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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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