“We have to organize ourselves to defend the rights of rural women”, Margarita Gómez

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxymfU_Rf4g&feature=youtu.be On the International Day of Rural Women, Margarita Gómez from CLOC-Vía Campesina shares her concerns about the plight of women living and working in the Latin America countryside. Among the problems they are facing are threats, evictions from their territories, persecution, hunger and malnutrition. However, it reminds us that we should not forget that there is hope for a different world and that there are solutions, but we must organize ourselves to defend women’s rights.

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CSM Opening Statement at CFS 45!

https://youtu.be/jLFos-jP3QY Intervention for the opening of the 45th CFS Plenary Session – 15 October 2018 Iridiani Seibert – La Via Campesina (Brazil) Co-coordinator of the Women’s Constituency of the MSC We salute the CFS member states, participating institutions and observers. We hope that this 45th session will be marked by a renewed commitment to the CFS, to strengthen the Committee and its contribution to overcoming the alarming situation of hunger and malnutrition in the world we face today. First of all, it is with great pleasure that we inform you today that our Civil Society Mechanism has been strengthened by the inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in its own name. After a year of consultation, the CSM Coordination Committee has decided by consensus, and the CSM Forum has celebrated this decision, that from now on we will be called “Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism for relations with the Committee on Food Security”. With this name amendment, we reaffirm our recognition of the identity of indigenous peoples and express our full solidarity with their historical struggles to be recognized in their identity and their right to self-determination as indigenous peoples. We are extremely concerned because we see that we are on the wrong track towards achieving the goal of ending hunger, established by the SDGs. Today, 821 million women, men, boys and girls suffer from hunger and food and nutritional insecurity. 821 million people in all regions of the world go to bed every day without having eaten. The SOFI 2018 Report again calls our attention and imposes concrete actions and commitments on us once and for all. Hunger and food insecurity are the most important problems we face in the world today. It is a human rights issue. The most important response to the alarming figures presented by SOFI 2018 is that the international community must commit itself more than ever to the respect, protection and guarantee of the human right to adequate food. Today, on the tenth anniversary of World Rural Women’s Day, the condition in which we rural women find ourselves does not allow us to celebrate. Sixty per cent of the 821 million people suffering from hunger are women and girls. On this anniversary, we want to reiterate the need for the commitment of States to promote actions and policies to overcome these data, as they have expressed in SDG 5 which consists of: “the construction of actions

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CSM Side Events at CFS 45!

CSM Side events proposals for CFS 45 were approved! Monday 15 of October 20178 13.00-14.30 Red Room Building A Flr 1 (Languages: EN/ES/FR) Celebrating the international day of rural women. From the field to the CFS and back.  Experiences, demands and perspectives from rural women’s grassroots organisations (CSM Working Group on Women).  Download the flyer HERE Speakers: Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Azra Sayeed, International Women’s Alliance (IWA), Pakistan Iridiani Seibert, La Via Campesina (LVC), Brazil Christiana Louwa, World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), Keny Paulomee Mistry, International Union of Food-workers (IUF), India Moderator: Ruchi Tripati, ActionAid international    Summary and key messages of the side event ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ Tuesday 16 of October 2018  13.00-14.30 Malaysia Room Building B Flr 2 (Languages: EN/ES/FR) Mutating the chain: How emerging-tech and corporate mega-mergers are rapidly transforming the landscape of food, agriculture and farmers’ rights An independent event of the CSM, organized by: Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group) Heinrich Boll Foundation La Via Campesina (LVC) Download the flyer HERE Speakers: Pat Mooney, ETC Group Tom Wakeford, ETC Group Ambassador Mario Arvelo, CFS Chair Elizabeth Mpofu, International General Coordinator, LVC Sofía Monsalve, Secretary General, FIAN International Stig Tanzmann, Bread for the World Jan Urhahn, INKOTA netzwerk Moderator: Neth Daño, ETC Group ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ Tuesday 16 of October 2018  18.00-19.30 Lebanon Room Building D Flr 2 (Languages: EN/ES/FR) Food systems and Nutrition guidelines: How can the CFS make a difference? Perspectives and expectations of small-scale food producers, civil society and Indigenous Peoples.  (CSM Working Group on Nutrition) Download the flyer HERE The side event aims to present and discuss the perspectives and expectations of small-scale food producers, civil society organizations and Indigenous Peoples with respect to the forthcoming Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition. In particular, the side event will explore how the CFS could really make the difference in proposing concrete policy pathways for normative and fiscal interventions that can realign food systems, in all their components, with the urgency to fulfil the right to adequate food and nutrition while also ensuring healthy and sustainable diets. While taking a holistic approach to nutrition – one that bridges the food, health, ecology and identity angles, the side event will advance concrete propositions on the key issues the CFS would need to tackle for the guidelines to be an effective policy instrument. Speakers: Stefano Prato, Society for International Development (SID) Adwoa Sakyi, International Union of Food-workers (IUF), Ghana Margarita Gomez,

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CSM Holds Annual Forum

(Only available in French) Le Mécanisme de la Société Civile (MSC) pour les relations avec le Comité des Nations Unies sur la Sécurité Alimentaire Mondiale, qui vient de changer son nom pour devenir le Mécanisme de la Société Civile et des Peuples Autochtones _après un travail de réflexion intérieure essentiel pour l’affirmation de son identité populaire _ organise son forum annuel les 13 et 14 octobre 2018 au siège de la FAO à Rome, dans un contexte marqué par l’aggravation de la faim et de la malnutrition dans le monde, et par la nécessité d’un réengagement du Comité pour la Sécurité Alimentaire. Un contexte qui s’est manifesté dans les déclarations des organisations et mouvements constituant la société civile internationale durant le forum. Un contexte mondial de faim et de malnutrition chroniques Le forum vient aussi dans une foulée d’événements étroitement liés à l’activité du MSC: Journée Internationale de l’Alimentation le 16 octobre, 45ème session plenière du Comité pour la Sécurité Alimentaire du 15 au 19 octobre, le vote imminent à l’Assemblée Générale de Nations Unies sur la déclaration des droits paysans en novembre, la présentation du rapport sur le droit à l’alimentation par le MSC le 12 octobre etc… En effet, Le MSC a organisé le 12 octobre 2018à Rome, une conférence de presse pour présenter son rapport sur le droit à l’alimentation dans le monde. Le rapport fait état d’une situation désastreuse où la faim et la malnutrition touchent près de 821 millions de personnes dans le monde. Ramona Duminicioiu, membre de La Via Campesina et du comité de coordination du MSC a déclaré lors de la conférence de presse : “Il est impossible d’atteindre l’objectif Faim Zéro sans un changement radical et un engagement totalement renouvelé de la part des gouvernements vis à vis des des politiques qui promeuvent et protègent nos droits, le droit à la nourriture, les droits des femmes, les droits des paysans, les droits des peuples autochtones, les droits des travailleurs, et tous les droits humains des populations les plus vulnérables ou atteintes d’insécurité alimentaire et de malnutrition”. Les messages clés des différentes parties : La Forum du MSC est ouvert le 13 octobre par un débat public, avec la participation du Directeur Généralde l’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’alimentation et l’agriculture (FAO), du Président du Comité sur la Sécurité Alimentaire mondiale (CSA), et le représentant permanent du Fonds international de développement agricole (FIDA)

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Christiana Louwa demands actions | International Day of Rural Women 2018

https://youtu.be/yjIN5lpGPVE On the first day of the negotiations of the Committee on World Food Security in Rome, and on the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, Christiana Louwa from the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) shares her views on the bad living conditions of women in rural areas. “After years of negotiations and developing instruments, there’s still not much improvement in their situation. Most of the governments have very good policies, including the government of my country Kenia, but they are not translated in concrete actions to help rural women. As a rural, indigenous woman, I call on all the member states of the UN that if they sign or ratify an agreement, they do so with commitment. Our governments have to leave the voluntary approach, because that doesn’t help us at all.”

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Rural women speak out at UN food security plenary: ‘After a decade of celebrating International Rural Women’s Day we are still denied our rights’

For immediate release: Monday, 15 October 2016 Women farmers, fishers, pastoralists, agriculture workers and indigenous smallholders have been feeding their communities for centuries but remain largely invisible in the world of agriculture. To celebrate International Day of Rural Women today at the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Plenary in Rome, a panel of experts on food security, representing women’s grassroots organisations have come together to share their experiences, struggles and demands. The panel event was organised by the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism (CSM) of the CFS, a platform that brings together organisations working on food and nutrition and producers, who represent more than 380 million members across the world. Introducing the session, Ruchi Tripathi, chair of the panel and head of resilient livelihoods and climate justice at ActionAid International, spoke about the importance of recognising the multiple identities and unique struggles of rural women. Several of the panellists pointed out that there were policies and laws on women’s rights, including recommendation 34 on the rights of rural women set out by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. But that these were not being put into practice. UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, spoke about the gap between law and implementation. “The law does not get all the way to villages, or fisherfolk or indigenous peoples,” she said. Panellist Christina Louwa, from the World Forum of Fisher Peoples, said: “It is a shame that after a decade of celebrating International Rural Women’s Day, we are still making the same demands and are yet to fully access and enjoy those rights. “Women in small-scale fishing communities and indigenous women are the pillars and backbone of their communities and play a key role in contributing to the nourishment and food security of their families and communities. Their lives and livelihoods, and those of their communities, are threatened by both factors such as ocean, lakes, land and natural resources-grabbing, privatisation, exclusion, marginalisation, rape and sexual harassment.” She called on governments to engage women in fishing communities and indigenous women and their representatives in decision-making at all levels. Iridiani Seibert, from La Via Campesina and coordinator of the CSM’s women’s group, also reflected on a decade of celebrating International Day of Rural Women, highlighting the centrality of ‘agroecology for the realisation of women’s rights. However, spoke of her disappointment on hearing that rural

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Press clipping: CSM en los medios

La Vanguardia Grupos sociales denuncian violaciones al derecho de alimentación en el mundo El Mundo FAO: Debemos abordar la nutrición como asunto público y responsabilidad del estado FAO Addressing nutrition is primarily a public policy issue Deutsche Welle FAO: Angola regista queda na produção agrícola Comune Info Il cibo e le risorse per riprodurlo Radio Mundo Real Mucho camino por recorrer Vita World food day 2018, il diritto umano al cibo è quello più violato nuova ecologia Nel 2018 la fame nel mondo è cresciuta Radio Mundo Real Situación alarmante Repubblica TV Giornata mondiale dell’alimentazione: “Nel paese del buon cibo si mangia meno e peggio” Radio Pichincha Radio Interview: Pressenza Internacional En La Oreja – 12/10/2018  Amandla Magazine Transforming the politics of food in Southern Africa, from the local to the global Telesur Resistir al fascismo: construyendo soberanía alimentaria desde la unidad de los pueblos    

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“We have to recommit and go into the direction of Agroecology”, Elene Shatberashvili

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffcUSzBREyk&feature=youtu.be In this video, Elene Shatberashvili, from Biological Farmer Association Elkana and La Via Campesina, Georgia, talks about the need to restructure foods systems, not only in its productive dimension, but in its broader sense. Agroecology, she says, is an alternative solution which can address the issue of hunger and malnutrition.

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“The right to adequate food is the right to dignity and life”

Global Civil Society Forum consolidates positions towards CFS 45 Boaventura Monjane The Civil Society Global Forum, an annual gathering that brings together a diversity of organisations and individuals working on food and nutrition, opened this Saturday (13 October) in Rome, Italy. More than three hundred participants, from all continents gathered for two days to agree civil society’s positions ahead of the week‐long 45th Plenary Session of the UN World Committee on Food Security (CFS), 15‐19 October. Chairing the opening session of the forum, Saul Vicente Vasquez, from the Indigenous Peoples constituency, said the right to food, dignity and life cannot be dissociated from each other. “There is no dignity without adequate food and the right to adequate food is an essential human right that needs to be defended, respected and exercised worldwide,” he said. Speakers at the opening session includeed the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s General Director, the president of the CFS and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) representative. All acknowledged the tragic situation of rising world hunger and malnutrition. For civil society it is, therefore, essential to return a human rights approach to the heart of decision-making and governance on food security. “It is a human right that is violated and many people are deprived of food, as the UN report confirms”, said Ramona Dominicioiu, from the Civil Society Mechanism. Ramona was referring to the recently released UN report on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World, which finds that at least 821 million people – more than all of the current population of Europe together ‐ do not have enough to eat. The report confirms what those on the frontline of food insecurity know – the world is not on the right track when it comes to fighting global hunger and the ‘zero hunger’ by 2030 Sustainable Development Goal is at risk of not being met. The participants of the civil society forum, some of them from countries that are most affected by hunger and malnutrition, believe that their perspectives must be taken more seriously by the governments and institutions that take political and practical decisions on food governance. They represent constituencies including smallholder farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolks, indigenous peoples, agricultural and food workers, landless, women, youth, consumers, urban food insecure and NGOs. The Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples Mechanism (CSM) is the convener of the forum and articulates the voices and positions

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“Globalization, militarism and patriarchy perpetuate hunger”, Azra Sayeed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qTnXou5Q48&feature=youtu.be In this video, Azra Sayeed from International Women’s Alliance, Pakistan, explains the intercepts of militarism, patriarchy, Globalization, aid and HUNGER. If not progressive, laws, policies and institutions can perpetuate hunger and malnutrition, specially in women and children. Towards CFS, Azra message is: governments and people should sit down and talk, with no hierarchies, since “governments belong to us”, the people.

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