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Fund the Alternative Agriculture Network! Support independent farmers in creating a sustainable food system

In Uncategorized on 30/06/2016 at 10:40 pm

The AAN needs your support to improve the lives of contract farmers.

The Alternative Agriculture Network in Northeast Thailand is a network of more than 3,000 farming households, devoted to small-scale, sustainable organic agriculture that supports the land and is fair to farmers and customers. They work to steer Thailand’s agricultural system away from exploitative contract farming, and ecologically harmful practices like mono-cropping and use of chemicals like herbicides, pesticides, and antibiotics. The AAN is also thepolitical voice for farmers’ rights in Thailand.  Members of the network support each other and share ideas and resources to help the growth of the entire community.

Not just farmers... in addition to growing food, AAN members are also activists, researchers, and advocates.

Not just farmers: AAN members are also actvists, researchers, and advocates.

Currently, one of the AAN’s new and exciting projects is developing acooperative of independent fish farmers. Thousands of fish farmers in Thailand are trapped in exploitative contracts with the massive multinational corporation CP, similar to Monsanto. These contracts not only take advantage of farmers financially– often leading to hundreds of thousand baht of debt– but also promote practices that are harmful to the river’s ecosystem. The cooperative aims to free fish farmers from the burden of contract farmingand put famers in charge of the whole production cycle, everything from raising the baby fish, developing their own organic food, and creating an alternative market. As a network of independent fish farmers, they can ensure that their small scale, self-sufficient practice is sustainable, fair, and healthy. The fish farming cooperative is just one of many projects changing the lives of  farmers living in northeast Thailand!

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“Collaboration and supporting each other will help create a new community from traditional society. This new community is what the world needs right now.” –Ubon Yoowah

Unfortunately, the AAN operates on an extremely limited budget, and has lost government funding, so it needs donations to maintain the initiatives that are crucial to the livelihood of its members. The Thai government does not support organizations which have a goal of being run by and for the people, so the AAN must raise funds independently. While they work tirelessly to change government policy to support their mission of sustainable agriculture, the AAN needs funds to continue working towards their goals and help the thousands of hard-working families involved.

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Every donation counts. Give today!

ENGAGE has a history of successful collaborations with the AAN, most notably The Jasmine Rice Tour, and many ENGAGE members have exchanged with the AAN and been mentored by its members. Now is the time to show your support for our friends striving to bring justice to Isaan farmers. A small donation will go a long way toward supporting members of the AAN, so any amount you can give is incredibly appreciated.

Thank you!

Statement of Assembly of the Poor Condemns Violence

In Uncategorized on 02/03/2015 at 2:18 am

Condemning the Use of Violence against the Poor to Protect the Capitalists’ Interests

(Thailand, February 14, 2015) On 3 February 2015 Mr. Pianrat Boonrit, the president of an agricultural cooperative, a member of Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand, was summoned by the military for attitude adjustment and detained in a jail in Vibhavadirangsit Military Camp in Surat Thani Province until 5 February 2015. On the same evening the military demolished Permsab Community (a member of the agricultural cooperative, the Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand). The community locates in Chaiyaburi District in Surat Thani Province. The community members are struggling for land rights. They held a vigil not allowing the capitalist to enter and harvest oil palms in a national reserved forest of which the concession was expired for 14 years. Later on 11 February 2015 Mr. Chai Boonthonglek, age 61, also a member of the Federation was shot dead.

Yesterday (13 February 2015), the joint armed force of police and military officers guarded a private company’s transportation of the drilling equipment into Ban Na-moon Village, Doon Sad Sub-district, Kra-nuan District in Khonkaen Province to install the drilling rig. The drilling is continuously opposed by local people. Even the National Reform Council, hand-picked by National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) itself, voted 130 to 79 against the petroleum concession policy. But the NCPO does not listen and is stubbornly determined to use violence to clear the path for the capitalists.

Assembly of the Poor sees that these actions demonstrate the thoughtless and excessive abuse of authority, the disrespect of law and the leadership that acts like a doggish servant to the capitalists and is much more evil and wicked than politicians whom NCPO itself overthrew.

Assembly of the Poor condemns such actions of the NCPO. We see that the NCPO is not legitimate to govern the country. Its illegitimacy is even stronger than before. We do not have any demand to NPCO. We would only like to call on to people from all walks of life to oust the NPCO if the NPCO does not immediately return the sovereignty back to people.

” Democracy where people can eat, Politics where the poor matter.”

Assembly of the Poor

14 February 2015

http://viacampesina.org/en/index.php/main-issues-mainmenu-27/human-rights-mainmenu-40/1742-statement-of-assembly-of-the-poor-condemns-violence

From the Isaan Record

In In Solidarity on 20/12/2011 at 5:24 am

Fishing Without a Net: Fish Farms and the 2011 Floods

from Isaan Record on Vimeo.