Land Grabbing and the Challenge of Food Sovereignty
During the 6th Mindanao Peoples’ Peace Summit in Upi Agricultural School, North Upi, Maguindanao, one of the topics of the thematic workshops was on Land Grabbing and the Challenge of Food Sovereignty. It was organized by Sumpay Mindanao and the topic was discussed by Mr. Francisco “Frank” G. Pascual, Jr. of Integrated Rural Development Foundation (IRDF).
Frank gave interesting discussion about how food crisis and land grabbing in the country is connected to the global scheme. The growing status of food insecurity of the first world countries affects the agricultural system in the third world countries. In order for former to survive they need additional fertile lands where they can plant foods for their citizens and these lands can be found in the developing country like that of the Philippines (i.e the “idle” lands in Mindanao that belonged to the ancestral domain of the Bangsamoro and Lumads) and the growing demand for agro-fuels and bio-fuels as well as the role of land speculators commodifying lands to gain more profit factored in the growing problems on food and lands. He further discussed the roles of big financial institutions (i.e. World Bank) in making the widespread appropriation of lands.
MTPRM: Crafting Directions
Sumpay Mindanao conducted the ADVOCACY ON ACCESS TO LAND AND PEACE: Strategic Planning Workshop of the Mindanao Tri-People Rural Movement on November 4-6, 2010 at CUIC Formation Center, Suarez, Iligan City. It was participated by the MTPRM councils/officers and partners organization (NGOs and POs). This undertaking was made possible through the support of the Mindanao Peoples Peace Movement (MPPM) and Entraide et Fraternite, Belgium.
The 2-day activity was packed with workshops and heavy discussions on issues confronting the peoples in the rural areas of Mindanao; prioritized the issues to focus with and crafted its (MTPRM’s) three-year campaign program. Lastly, the council members unanimously approved the basic documents of the organization.
Women Farmers’ Researchers’ Training
On January 14-17, 2010 the MTWRC conducted a Women Farmers Researchers’ Training in the DKMP-Lanao Training Center. This activity that is part of the ongoing research entitled: Comparative Study on Women’s Participation in Agriculture in Lumad, Moro, and Migrant Settler Communities” lead by MTWRC under the auspices of the Mindanao Tri-People Program of Food Sovereignty and Peacebuilding Program supported by the Entraide et Fraternite and the Belgian Government.
The activity was participated by 28 women participants coming from coming from the communities of Lebak, Sultan Kudarat; Lomoyon and Mao in Maguindanao; Simpak, La Libertad, Tula-Tulahan and Magpatao of Lanao del Norte; and women from Limas, Lacupayan, Maragang, Begong, Pagadian City of Zamboanga del Sur. These tri-people women were from the community of the partners NGOs and Pos of the Mindanao Tri-People Program of Food Sovereignty and Peacebuilding.