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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.

AAN Allies: Update from the Dominican Republic

In In Solidarity on 24/03/2011 at 7:43 am

Here’s a recent newsletter segment from the CIEE Service-Learning Program in Santiago, Dominican Republic.  Our fellow Thai farmer, Mike Aguilar, is facilitating and organizing with study abroad students and farmers in the Dominican Republic.  Mike worked together with the AAN to promote fair trade rice, organic agriculture, student activism and solidarity with peoples’ movements in northeast Thailand. Thanks to the CIEE students for their contribution.  Farmers and eaters from diverse parts of the world can only gain from exchanging information and experiences.

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Pak Mun Dam Update

In In Solidarity, Our Network on 28/02/2011 at 10:26 pm

As part of a network of social and environmental movements in Esan, the AAN is always in close communication other groups of farmers, fisherfolk and urban communities.  The Pak Mun struggle continues today, as the government is finally entertaining a debate about decommissioning the dam.  Pak Mun protesters have become increasingly active in Ubon Ratchatani, with recent protests at City Hall organized by the Assembly of the Poor (AOP).  Sompong Vienchan was even recently interviewed and here is a recent editorial from the Bangkok Post:

Bangkok Post February 25, 2011

When you make a mistake, you accept it and apologise, make amends and stop repeating the same error without end. That is what civilised people do, and there can be no reason why Thailand’s governments should flout this golden rule. Read the rest of this entry »

Terra Madre 2010

In In Solidarity, Meetings, Our Network on 19/11/2010 at 5:47 am

I approached Slow Food’s Terra Madre with ambivalence.  My fellow young farmers in New York called the organization an “eating club.”  I was frustrated because my Thai friends from the Alternative Agriculture Network were not attending the event due to problems with paperwork.  I didn’t know what to expect from the event – would the people I meet really care about food being “good, clean and fair”?  Or, would the “good” take up most of their effort?  Yet I also admired Slow Food for it’s explicit belief that “good food” (or “sustainable” or “fair”) should actually taste good.  This same value is one that I see within the AAN and other farmer-based organizations working for a better food system.

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UNCHR on the Right to Food

In In Solidarity on 10/07/2010 at 7:17 am

from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

“Agroecology outperforms large-scale industrial farming for global food security,” says UN expert

BRUSSELS (22 June 2010) – “Governments and international agencies urgently need to boost ecological farming techniques to increase food production and save the climate,” said UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, while presenting the findings at an international meeting on agroecology held in Brussels on 21 and 22 June.

Along with 25 of the world’s most renowned experts on agroecology, the UN expert urged the international community to re-think current agricultural policies and build on the potential of agroecology.

“One year ago, Heads of States at the G20 gathering in Italy committed to mobilizing $22 billion over a period of three years to improve global food security. This was welcome news, but the most pressing issue regarding reinvestment in agriculture is not how much, but how,” Olivier De Schutter said . Read the rest of this entry »

Responsibly Destroying the World’s Peasantry

In In Solidarity on 15/06/2010 at 8:50 am

The only “win-win” will be accomplished when small-scale farmers can grow safe, healthy food for local communities.  We support Olivier De Schutter as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food – and believe that international institutions must be held to the higher standards.

Olivier De Schutter (Project Syndicate)

BRUSSELS – The World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Secretariat recently presented seven “Principles for Responsible Agricultural Investment.” The principles seek to ensure that large-scale land investments result in “win-win” situations, benefiting investors and directly affected communities alike. But, though well-intended, the principles are woefully inadequate. Read the rest of this entry »

FOCUS: Statement on Thai Political Situation

In In Solidarity on 28/04/2010 at 8:23 am

From Focus on the Global South:

12 April 2010

The violent clashes between the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (Red Shirts) protesters and the Thai government’s law enforcement forces on Saturday, April 10, 2010, that resulted in the deaths of 5 soldiers and 16 civilians, clearly challenge the non-violence rules of engagement that  both sides committed to at the start  of the Red Shirts’ mobilizations  4 weeks ago.  These regrettable events have caused serious concerns not only among the Thai public, but also among other pro-democracy and pro-peace people elsewhere.

The non-violence pledge is a significant, laudable step in the current polarized Thai society in order to avoid instigating an outright civil war between the Pro-Thaksin Red Shirts and the Anti-Thaksin People’s Alliance for Democracy (Yellow Shirts) and others.It came about through public pressure on the government, the military and the Red Shirts themselves, because of lessons learned from the violent clashes among civilians, government forces and militias in recent years. Read the rest of this entry »

GRAIN: Say NO to the principles of “responsible” agro-enterprise investment promoted by the World Bank

In In Solidarity, Press Release on 25/04/2010 at 6:15 am

State and private investors, from Citadel Capital to Goldman Sachs, are leasing or buying up tens of millions of hectares of farmlands in Asia, Africa and Latin America for food and fuel production. This land grabbing is a serious threat for the food sovereignty of our peoples and the right to food of our rural communities. In response to this new wave of land grabbing, the World Bank (WB) is promoting a set of seven principles to guide such investments and make them  successful. The FAO, IFAD and UNCTAD have agreed to join the WB in collectively pushing these principles. [1] Their starting point is the fact that the current rush of private sector interest to buy up farmland is risky. After all, the WB has just finalised a study showing the magnitude of this trend and its central focus on transferring rights over agricultural land in developing countries to foreign investors. The WB seems convinced that all private capital flows to expand global agribusiness operations where they  have not yet taken hold are good and must be allowed to proceed so that the corporate sector can extract more wealth from the countryside. Read the rest of this entry »

AAN Regional Collaboration: SAEDA Workshop in Xiang Khouang, Lao PDR

In In Solidarity, Network Events, Research on 16/03/2010 at 11:11 am

Sustainable agriculture is growing throughout Southeast Asia, and in some countries, government support and coordination with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is producing positive results.  The work currently being carried out by the Sustainable Agriculture and Environment Development Association (SAEDA), a Lao organization committed to sustainable agriculture and community development, is an example of this movement.

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La Via Campesina Statement on Haiti

In In Solidarity on 31/01/2010 at 2:07 pm

To the governments and organizations gathered in Montreal on the situation in Haiti

The recent tragedy in Haiti shocked the people of the world for its destructive impact, the environmental and social consequences, and especially for the loss of human lives. Unfortunately, natural disasters are not new in that Caribbean country, which was impacted in 2008 by hurricanes Hanna and Ike.

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