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Amidst widespread rural poverty, farmers are being killed in the global South: Page 2 of 2

Posted on 26 October 2018

given the persisting land monopoly in the country due to what movements see as the “failure of the government’s land reform program”. [viii]

Going back to people’s rights

Such efforts of farmers, farmworkers and landless peasants’ movements to rise above rural poverty, from the Philippines to Brazil, are essential should any development model or policy be owned and led by those most in need. Their campaigns show how the exercise of people’s sovereignty is key to assert people’s rights – including their right to land and livelihoods. The principle of people’s sovereignty, their participation in their development through movements and organisations, would shape development programs towards viewing people as not only beneficiaries, or recipients, but as rights-holders and active agents of transformation. With current data on poverty suggesting the urgency of rural development and strategic industrial policy in the global South, this principle and shift in how to approach development are necessary.  #


[i] Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. 2018. “The state of food security and nutrition in the world.” FAO. http://www.fao.org/3/I9553EN/i9553en.pdf.

[ii] Global Witness. 2018. “At What Cost? Irresponsible business and the murder of land and environmental defenders in 2017.” https://www.globalwitness.org/en-gb/campaigns/environmental-activists/at...

[iii] Peoples’ Coalition on Food Sovereignty. 2018. “Justice for Brazil’s Marcinho!” https://foodsov.org/justice-for-brazils-marcinho/

[iv] Branford, Sue and Mauricio Torres. 2018. “Landless movement leader assassinated in Brazilian Amazon.” Mongabay, 15 October. https://news.mongabay.com/2018/10/landless-movement-leader-assassinated-...

[v] Global Witness. 2018. “At What Cost? Irresponsible business and the murder of land and environmental defenders in 2017.”

[vi] Watts, Jonathan. 2018. “’I tended to the bodies’: attacked by the Philippine army.” The Guardian, 21 July. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/21/philippines-lives-la...

[vii] Tupas, Emmanuel. 2018. “Duterte skips slain farmers’ wake due to bad weather.” Philippine Star, 24 October.  https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/10/24/1862709/duterte-skips-slai...

[viii] Espina, Marchel P. 2018. “9 farmers killed at Negros Occidental hacienda.” Rappler, 21 October. https://www.rappler.com/nation/214796-farmers-killed-sagay-negros-occide...