The Right to Resist Land Grabs” is a short film that tells the story of land grabbing and repression faced by rural communities, and the people’s resistance.
In November 2014, a research conducted by University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) found widely banned pesticides in treated and surface water in rivers in Cameron Highlands, Pahang. The video revealed the pesticides issue happened in Cameron Highlands and its impacts to human health and the environment.
In the villages of Samrong Tong, district of Kampong Speu province, Cambodia, women vegetable farmers are at the forefront of promoting agroecology. In this short documentary, watch how the Women Organic Vegetable Producer Group, with the support of the Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC), are able to improve their health and livelihood through sustainable organic farming.
From 1-16 October, 34 organisations of farmers, rural women and advocacy groups from 17 countries across the globe have responded to the most urgent crises faced by small-scale farmers and food producers, especially in poor countries- climate change, hunger, food insecurity, and land grabbing through PAN Asia Pacific’s “16 Days of Global Action on Land and Resources”.
With a strong video message, Sarojeni Rengam from PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) supports the Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague in October 2016.
The talk by Dr Meriel Watts, a farmer-scientist-advocate, shows the relationship of science, practice and movement-building in agroecology. Listen to her speak as she emphasizes agroecology giving importance to farmers’ and communities’ control over their own farms and food supply, whilst providing enough healthy food to feed the world without destroying the environment. She also outlines the 7 core principles in agroecological farming practice, which is strongly discussed in her book, Phasing Out Highly Hazardous Pesticides With Agroecology.
This video presents a practical guide on the legal tools available to hold pesticide companies accountable for health and environmental damages caused by the indiscriminate use of their products.
Key areas of judicial and non-judicial intervention are:
- Public law: legal action against governments
- Private law: legal action against companies
- International mechanisms: strategies for the UNFAO, Stockholm Convention, and Rotterdam Convention
The Women’s Travelling Journal: Empowering Rural Women in Asia on Food Sovereignty
Watch the video as rural women from 11 countries share their stories in a journal that travelled from one country to another. It is a narration of daily life and struggles of rural women on land, food and agriculture. Be inspired to hear their stories of resistance, resilience and change, all testament to women’s leadership and collective action.
For more information about the Women’s Travelling Journal, visit http://travellingjournal.asianruralwomen.net/
Andrew Vellusamy is a young farmer from Cameron Highlands, Malaysia. He works on his father’s farm cultivating vegetables for local markets. He is keen to be a farmer in the future. Please hear his perspective on farming in Malaysia.