“We (women) should not belong to the household. Instead, we should go out and see what is happening in our society. Be it men or women farmers, it is but crucial that we tirelessly advance the fight for genuine agrarian reform, free distribution of lands and support to the farmers.” - Ka Lani
The tangerine street lights of Quezon City shines over the face of Ka Lani. Solemnly, she listens to the protest program in a camp-out of peasants to call for the junking of the government’s sham land reform. Ka Lani joined more than 200 farmers from Batangas, Rizal, and Bulacan provinces led by the militant Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas or Peasant Movement of the Philippines (KMP) who set-up a camp in front of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Quezon City on 4th March before heading to Congress on 5th March to protest moves by President Aquino’s allies to extend the “bogus” Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) for another five years.
Ka Lani, a peasant leader of the Katipunan ng mga Samahang Magbubukid sa Timog Katagalugan (KASAMA-TK/Union of Peasant Organization in Southern Tagalog), has been a staunch advocate of the farmers’ demand for land and justice. The KASAMA-TK is a regional chapter of KMP.
Last year, GRAIN (a small international NGO) and the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC) jointly agreed for a collaborative project to document the struggle of peasant community affected by palm oil in Indonesia. On June 2013, the Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) hosted Devlin Kuyek from GRAIN and Pietro Polini of Terra Project. They visited Buol community in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia and they documented the struggle of Buo farmers.
The Buol community, like other indigenous communities in Indonesia, has lived on its ancestral lands for many generations, over thousands of years. Land tenure is held communally, in groups, with the capabilities and distribution of agricultural products based on the needs of each family in each group. Now, the area has been converted into oil palm plantations, office areas, camps for the plantation workers and a CPO (crude palm oil) processing factory.
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On March 24 to 26,2013, the Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA) and the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC), organized an International Fact Finding Mission (IFFM) in line with our advocacy for genuine land reform and in defense of the indigenous people's land,livelihood and the environment against the impacts of landgrabbing in Indonesia. The IFFM team was composed of 32 participants coming from India, Philippines, Cambodia and Indonesia. The team exposed decades of legalized landgrabbing by PT Lonsum and called to give back more than 5,000 hectares of agricultural land taken from the Bulukumba people since 1968.
We, participants of the Peoples Global Camp, call for a just framework for trade and development that is geared towards the realization of peoples' economic, political, social, and cultural well-being.
This issue of Education for Development Magazine (EDM) features the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC9) in Bali this coming December, giving sharp focus on the impacts and challenges of unfair trade practices within the WTO, the consistent failure of the Doha rounds and a new multilateral trade