At the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), MASIPAG, long-term Filipino partner of ASTM, is renewing the call for an agriculture that puts farmers at the center and gives value to agrobiodiversity and food sovereignty.
IRRI, along with other agrochemical Transnational Corporations, is the foremost perpetrator of food insecurity in the Philippines. Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, it is now more important than ever that we strengthen the global fight for food security and sovereignty – the power of people and their communities to enforce and realize the right to food, to produce food and to fight the power of corporations.
IRRI, along with other agrochemical Transnational Corporations, is the foremost perpetrator of food insecurity in the Philippines. Despite having its main headquarters in the Philippines, the country has now become a rice importer. IRRI failed to cultivate rice self-sufficiency. It held farmers hostage to a culture that puts profit before sustainable food systems.
Due to the food crisis exposed by the pandemic #COVID19 and the subsequent lockdowns, this now becomes very apparent. The Filipinos are in need of a safe, accessible and secure food supply.
You can support MASIPAG and the Filipino farmers by signing the following petition: https://tinyurl.com/SHUT-DOWN-IRRI-NOW