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National People's Food Systems Summit
Salu-salo is a year-long campaign to build the food system needed by the Filipino people in time of a pandemic and worsening hunger. It will culminate at the NPFSS in 2021, a parallel summit to the UN Food Systems Summit.
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About the Event
Acknowledging that the world’s current food systems have failed to address global hunger and need transformation, the UN Secretary General in 2019 called for the holding of Food Systems Summit in 2021. While civil society organizations (CSOs) have welcomed the urgency of the UN chief’s move, they have, at the same time, raised two serious concerns: (1) the designation of the World Economic Forum, representing corporate giants, as strategic partner of the UN in organizing the summit; (2) and the appointment of Dr. Agnes Kalibata, the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, a Gates Foundation-funded group. CSOs worry that with these two at the helm, the summit will just be a tool to further corporate interests at the expense of our farmers, Indigenous Peoples, and the planet and a disaster for food sovereignty and biodiversity.
The CSOs maintain that the corporate control of the summit “will ignore the growing consensus on how to fix food systems, and ignore those who are already fixing them.” They are calling for the inclusion of all voices in the summit, especially those that are rarely heard: the poor farmers, agricultural workers, Indigenous Peoples, fisherfolks, urban poor, women and youth. Their interests, not the corporate giants’, should set the tone and direction of the Summit.
In light of this call, the Philippine CSOs, under the Agroecology X network, are organizing a parallel national summit to drum up public awareness and support on our effort to mainstream agroecology and food sovereignty as our response to the UN’s call to transform the current food systems. The Philippine CSOs believe that only a strong people’s movement can realize a complete shift in who controls the food systems. Only a strong people’s movement can tilt power relations paving the way for the people to put power from corporate hands into those who produce food.