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2014 Civil Society Mechanism (CSM) Annual Forum

Civil society representatives met at FAO to assess the last five years of the Committee for World Food Security (CFS) during the annual forum of the Civil Society Mechanism (CSM).This video is an insight on their views about civil society's participation in issues related to food, agriculture and nutrition, and their contribution to the CFS.

La Via Campesina and FAO's Director general Jose Graziano da Silva formalized an agreement of cooperation which acknowledged the essential role played by small holder food producers. Their role was recognised as most important in the eradication of world hunger. The cooperation will focus on various key areas: strengthening peasant based agro-ecological food production, protecting small holders rights to access land and water, as well as improving farmers rights over seeds in accordance with international and national seed laws. More ...

FAO meets Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)

SEWA is a trade union registered in 1972. It is an organisation of poor, self-employed women workers. These are women who earn a living through their own labour or small businesses. They do not obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organised sector. They are the unprotected labour force of our country. Constituting 93% of the labour force, these are workers of the unorganised sector. Of the female labour force in India, more than 94% are in the unorganised sector. However their work is not counted and hence remains invisible.

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