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FAO Summit in Rome Civil Society opening Terra Preta parallel Forum

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Rome, June 1, 2008. At the eve of the High Level Conference on World Food Security in Rome, farmer, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples and nongovernmental organizations (NGO) have opened the Terra Preta forum and declared a People’s State of Emergency. “Governments and intergovernmental organisations must immediately stop any policies, which lead to violations of the human right to food”, says Maryam Rahmanian of CENESTA, Iran. “Free trade policies have seriously damaged the food system over time, leading to the food crisis that we’re facing today”. Parallel to the official conference, civil society organisations are holding a five day Forum to voice their demands on how to overcome the crisis.

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NO MORE FAILURES AS USUAL

Civil Society Forum Calls for Rethinking of the Food System


Rome, June 1, 2008.  At the eve of the High Level Conference on World Food
Security in Rome, farmer, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples and
nongovernmental organizations (NGO) have declared a People's State of
Emergency.

"Governments and intergovernmental organisations must immediately stop any
policies, which lead to violations of the human right to food", says
Maryam Rahmanian of CENESTA, Iran.  "Free trade policies have seriously
damaged the food system over time, leading to the food crisis that we're
facing today". Parallel to the official conference, civil society
organisations are holding a five day Forum to voice their demands on how
to overcome the crisis.

In their statement, 'No More Failures as Usual', 800 organizations around
the world call for a radical shift in agricultural policies building on
the capacities of small scale farmers to feed themselves and the
populations of their countries.  "We see the food emergency as a symptom
of larger systemic failures - evictions of local communities, unfettered
trade, massive climate change, the promotion of large scale agrofuel
production, speculation and the corporate control of the food system",
explains Ndougou Fall of the West African farmers organisation ROPPA. "And
we see a high risk that the UN agenda is being hijacked by large
corporations who want to feed us the same solutions that have been failing
for decades, like a so called New Green Revolution in Africa."

"We reject the call of the World Bank and World Trade Organisation (WTO)
for further liberalization of international trade", Alberto Gomez from
Mexico of the international peasant movement La Via Campesina adds. "These
very policies have flooded our countries with cheap food, undermined our
food sovereignty and devastated our abilities to produce food for
ourselves. This has led us to complete dependence on the international
markets. Now that prices are soaring, we are not able any more to purchase
the food from outside."

Thomas Kocherry an Indian representative of the World Forum of Fisher
Peoples (WFFP) explains that the industrial food production model has also
transformed fisheries. "Large scale commercial and aquaculture are
dangerously close to wiping out the planet's fisheries, he says.  Small
scale fisheries not only put food on our plate, they enhance our
fishstocks, protect our ecosystems, which safeguard us against disasters."
"We call on the governments gathering in Rome in the next days, to meet
their human rights obligations and to listen to the proposals of the
affected people themselves." Sarojeni Rengam, Pesticide Action Network
Asia Pacific, concludes. "Farmers themselves are agricultural experts and
they must be in the driver seat of agricultural development. Farmers hold
our future in their hands."

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