World Food Day
As we reflect on World Food Day, on October 16, and beyond, let us remember that more than 870 million people in the world lack the nourishment necessary to be healthy individuals (FAO, 2013). When more than one in every eight people worldwide goes to sleep hungry, it is clear that the food system is failing people. We must begin to address the health of the global food system if we are going to improve the health and the lives of the people and ecosystems which depend on it.
As Joining Hands, we believe that the world can be fed with good and healthy food, and that new trends like land grab and the privatization of seeds, if not stopped now, will contribute to millions more going hungry in the future. That’s why Joining Hands networks, in solidarity with other global movements, are gathering, and educating the public on systemic causes of hunger while advocating for policies that have the potential to lift millions out of poverty.
Building Community Resistance Against Land Grabbing
Praja Abhilasha, the Joining Hands Network in Sri Lanka is one of the partner organizations of the international advocacy group Pesticide Action Network – Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) that has just launched a book compiling seven case studies on land grabbing in the region as part of its activities to mark the “World Foodless Day.” The groups also called for increased resistance to defend the people’s right to land and other resources. Read the Book.
“Quit India!”- Historical Slogan Energizes a New Seed Sovereignty Movement in India
More than 2000 citizens, mostly farmers, came from 20 states in India to protest a new Bill which proposes a fast-track approval mechanism for biotechnology, permitting entry of risky Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) into food, farming and the environment with little or no oversight. A seed sovereignty movement has emerged and is using the “Quit India” slogan, used originally by Mahatma Ghandi when struggling for Indian independence from British rule, to demand the expulsion of Monsanto and GMOs from India. Learn More.
Snakes and Ladders: Small Farmers and Seed Sovereignty in India
The agrarian crisis in India worsens daily. Access to land, safe agricultural inputs and income security are a dream for many of India’s 700 million rural citizens. Kavitha Kuruganti, a renowned activist in sustainable and holistic farming in India, lays out the problems in agriculture in India and calls on farmers to guard traditional seeds. Watch Video.
Food Week of Action and World Food Day
Sunday, October 13-20; October 16 (World Food Day)
SEEDS for LIFE! is the focus for this year’s Food Week of Action. Access and control over natural resources, including defending and localizing seed keeping, is critical for viability of small-scale food producers, sustainable agriculture and, ultimately, for addressing hunger. Seed keepers not only save seeds but also the culture that seeds bring and embody. Download Resources.