13 October 2016, 2pm-4pm
Hall No 2
Xavier’s Centre of Historical Research, Alto Porvorim, Goa
Since the onset of globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation in 1991, traditional agricultural practices and the native/ collective wisdom of peasants and farmers are under continuous attack and their symbiotic relationship with land, water bodies, seeds, commons and other natural resources have been severed and uprooted across the World. Food sovereignty is eroded and the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems are dismantled systemically and structurally by corporatisation of agriculture and mega industrialisation, pushing excessive usage of ecologically harmful inputs, thus making productive resources futile and lifeless. Among BRICS nations, India and South Africa are facing nutritional crisis among multiple crisis, it is a challenge to tackle food sovereignty and agrarian crisis.
Agricultural sector is extremely important for all BRICS nations and they accord a top priority to the sector albeit investment priority has not been given as it is intended and demanded. Investment in agriculture remains critical to sustainable long-term food security. BRICS countries have huge responsibility and significant role in pursuing this agenda and protecting the interests of small and marginal farmers and proactively support family-farm organic farmers. There has been specific focus on increasing access to markets for small-holder farmers given by BRICS nations.
This 2 hours’ consultation would focus on underlying causes for such distress and its devastating impact on small and marginal farmers. The consultation also will discuss how progressive and rational allocation of resources among BRICS nations, evolving common framework that stick to their extraterritorial obligations, building solidarities among communities to organise nutrition in a self-reliant way by strengthening local markets and while signing treaties, placing people’s priorities first than trade priorities- would contribute to tackle these challenges and change the status of deprived farmers by restoring their right to ecologically sound agricultural practices.
FIAN India, Joshi-Adhikari Institute of Social Studies and Land and Livelihood Knowledge & Activists Hub
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Suman: firstname.lastname@example.org, FIAN India
Vineet Tiwari: email@example.com, Joshi-Adhikari Institute of Social Studies
P.Raghu: firstname.lastname@example.org, Land and Livelihood Knowledge and Activists Hub