As COVID-19 crisis rages, 119 groups from 30 countries push urgent demands for rural peoples | The Arab Group for the Protection of Nature

Millions of small scale farmers are working to feed us despite the COVID 19 Pandemic. Ironically many are without land and resources and are the poorest and hungry. Today on the #DayoftheLandless, let's support their demands:

1.    Ensure that the lockdowns and quarantines are not carried out at the expense of the food security of the people, and that the right to produce and earn a living for small farmers, fishers and other direct food producers is duly respected;

2.    Provide immediate and substantial economic relief (including food grains, cash, and other forms of aid that are essential and appropriate) and social protection that are readily accessible to the marginalized sectors, including the landless rural people, as well as other forms of government assistance such as production and marketing support for the small food producers;

3.    Ensure that no further displacements of the rural people from their lands and livelihood are carried out in the pretext of COVID-19 lockdowns; 

4.    Allot sufficient public resources to the health sector and make reliable public healthcare services, including free testing for COVID-19 infection and treatment, available without delay or difficulty for everyone, including the rural communities; and

5.    Call for accountability of public officials at all levels in addressing the urgent needs of the people and in respecting human rights at all times.

Amidst the spreading darkness and misery due to a pandemic caused by more than anything else an ecologically and socially destructive mode of production, rural people and their supporters, shall remain among the bearers of light and hope.

The statement is endorsed by the following organizations:

Global/regional organizations:

1.    Asian Peasant Coalition (APC)

2.    PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP)

3.    People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS)

4.    Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN)

5.    Arab Network for Food Sovereignty

6.    Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)

7.    Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN)

8.    Asian Rural Women’s Coalition (ARWC)

9.    Coalition of Agricultural Wokers International (CAWI)

10.                  Food Sovereignty Network

11.                  IBON International

12.                  International Indigenous Peopples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL)

13.                  MIJARC Asia

14.                  MISEREOR

15.                  PAN Africa

16.                  PAN Europe

17.                  PAN North America

18.                  South Asia Peasant Coalition (SAPC)

19.                  Southeast Asia Regional Initiatives for Community Empowerment (SEARICE)

20.                  Third World Network (TWN)

21.                  Youth for Food Sovereignty (YFS) 

National/local organizations:

22.                  Aliansi Gerakan Reforma Agraria (AGRA), Indonesia

23.                  All Nepal Peasants’ Federation (ANPFa), Nepal

24.                  Andhra Pradesh Matya Karula Union, India

25.                  Artists’ Alliance for Genuine Agrarian Reform (SAKA), Philippines

26.                  Association of Women’s Communities of Ysykkul, Kyrgyzstan

27.                  Bangladesh Agricultural Farm Labour Federation (BAFLF), Bangladesh

28.                  Bangladesh Resource Center for Indigenous Knowledge (BARCIK), Bangladesh

29.                  Bansiwag Cultural Network, Philippines

30.                  Bantay Bigas, Philippines

31.                  BERAS India Network, India

32.                  Cambodia Youth Network (CYN), Cambodia

33.                  Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture (CEDAC), Cambodia

34.                  Caritas Dalat, Vietnam

35.                  Center for Development Programs in the Cordillera, Philippines

36.                  Center for Environmental Concerns (CEC), Philippines

37.                  Center for Sustainable Rural Development (SRD), Vietnam

38.                  Centre for Human Rights and Development (CHRD), Mongolia

39.                  Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community (CCFC), Cambodia

40.                  Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC), Nepal

41.                  Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), Philippines

42.                  Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG), Philippines

43.                  East Coast Fish Workers Union, India

44.                  Eastern and Southern Africa Small-scale Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF), Tanzania

45.                  EMPOWER, Malaysia

46.                  Ene Nazary, Kyrgyzstan

47.                  Ethnic Concern, Myanmar

48.                  Farmer Affairs Network, Myanmar 

49.                  Farmers Development Center-Bohol Island, Philippines

50.                  Food Sovereignty Alliance, India

51.                  Front Mahasiswa Nasional (FMN), Indonesia

52.                  Future Esart Asia Network, India

53.                  Gabungan Serikat Buruh Indonesia (GSBI), Indonesia

54.                  Gita Pertiwi, Indonesia

55.                  Gram Bharati Samiti (GBS), India

56.                  Guatemala sin Hambre, Guatemala

57.                  Human Developemnt Organization (HDO), Sri Lanka

58.                  Indian Federation for Toiling Peasants (IFTOP), India

59.                  Institute for Motivating for Self-Employment (IMSE), India

60.                  Institute for National and Democracy Studies (INDIES), Indonesia

61.                  Instituto Politecnico Tomas Katari (IPTK), Bolivia

62.                  Kalipunan ng mga Katutubong Mamamayan sa Pilipinas (KATRIBU), Philippines

63.                  Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), Philippines

64.                  KINABUHI, Central Visayas People’s Network for Life and Environment, Philippines

65.                  Kudumbam, India

66.                  L’Association des Femmes Africaines pour la Recherche et le Developpement (AAWORD/AFARD), Senegal

67.                  Labour Resource Center (LRC), Bangladesh

68.                  Land Core Group, Myanmar

69.                  LEISA Network, India

70.                  MASIPAG, Philippines

71.                  Metta Development Foundation, Inc., Myanmar

72.                  Movimiento Tzuk Kim-pop, Guatemala

73.                  National Agriculture Workers Forum (NAWF), India

74.                  National Campaign for Sustainable Development, Nepal

75.                  National Federation of Dalit Land Rights Movements  (NFDLRM), India

76.                  National Federation of Peasant Women (AMIHAN), Philippines

77.                  National Fisheries Solidarity Organization (NAFSO), Sri Lanka

78.                  National Women Farmers & Workers Association (NFWA), Bangladesh

79.                  Nijera Kori, Bangladesh

80.                  NISARGA, India

81.                  NNARA Youth, Philippines

82.                  North South Initiative (NSI), Malaysia

83.                  Pakistan Kissan Mazdoor Tehreek, Pakistan

84.                  PAMALAKAYA, Philippines

85.                  PAN Aetearoa New Zealand

86.                  PAN India

87.                  Philippine Network of Food Security Programmes Inc. (PNFSP), Philippines

88.                  Ponlok Khmer, Cambodia

89.                  Praja Abilasha Land Rights Network, Sri Lanka

90.                  Public Eye, Switzerland

91.                  RAP-AL, Chile

92.                  RAPAL, Uruguay

93.                  RAPAM (PAN Mexico)

94.                  Research Center for Rural Development (RCRD), Vietnam

95.                  Research Centre for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED), Vietnam

96.                  RITES Forum, India

97.                  Roots for Equity, Pakistan

98.                  Roshni Taraqiyati Tanzeem, Pakistan

99.                  SAHANIVASA, India

100.               Seikat Perempuan Indonesia (SERUNI), Indonesia

101.               SHISUK, Bangladesh

102.               Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT)

103.               SINAGBAYAN, Philippines

104.               Society for Rights of Indigenous People of Sarawak (SCRIPS), Malaysia

105.               Society for Rural Education and Development (SRED), India

106.               Sojhla for Social Change, Pakistan

107.               Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT), Thailand

108.               Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE), Cameroon

109.               Tanggol Magsasaka, Philippines

110.               Teatro Bungkal, Philippines

111.               Teatro Obrero,  Philippines

112.               Thanal, India

113.               TVVU, India

114.               Union of Agricultural Workers (UMA), Philippines

115.               Vikalpani National Federation, Sri Lanka

116.               Women’s Development Center, Inc., Philippines

117.               Workers Solidarity Union, Sri Lanka

118.               Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC), Nigeria

119.               Zambia Social Forum (ZAMSOF), Zambia