You are invited to
KRISIS SA BIGAS, PAANO MALULUTAS?
A Multisectoral Rice Summit
PSSC Auditorium, Commonwealth Ave., Quezon City
18 April 2008, 1:00 – 6:00 pm
The summit will analyze the extent of the current rice shortage in the Philippines from the perspective of groups and sectors who are hardest hit by the crisis – farmers, workers, urban poor and women.
A critical analysis of the country’s policies on food, agriculture, trade and foreign borrowings relation to the recurring rice crisis will be presented. Policy reforms, especially in the areas of production, global trade, and local marketing and distribution of rice, as well as concrete actions to assert the people’s right to food will be formulated.
Topics to be discussed:
The Global and National Rice Situation:
Issues and Analysis
Sectoral and Thematic Presentations:
• Philippine rice policies and the growing rice insecurity
• Agrarian reform: key to attaining rice self-sufficiency
• The National Food Authority: Necessity or Liability?
• Rice crisis – impact on and response of workers and urban poor
• Illegitimate debt and loan conditionalities — undermining food sovereignty
Strategies to address the rice crisis
• Policy Proposals
• Action Proposals
Organizers: Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) , Alliance of Genuine Labor Organizations (AGLO) , Alyansa ng Sambayanan para sa Pagbabago (ASAP) , Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) , Liga Maggagawa , Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) , Kaalagad Kalipunang Kristyano (KAALAGAD) , Pambansang Samahan ng Kilusang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA) , Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) , Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM) , Resource Center for People’s Development (RCPD) , SANLAKAS , Task Force Food Sovereignty (TFFS)