Current State&Prospects Of Genuine Agrarian Reform

Current State and Prospects of the Genuine Agrarian Reform Struggle and Movement by Rafael V. Mariano, National Chairperson, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP), input delivered on April 18-19, 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia during the conference on “Advancing Genuine Agrarian Reform Movement in Asia” organized by the Asian Peasant Coalition (APC). Peasants across Asia experienced the centuries-old land monopoly of few landlord families and the systematic land grabbing of local and foreign corporations assisted by the governments. Landlessness in Asia has further worsened due to massive land grabbing, land-use conversions and plunder of natural resources carried out by private investors (domestic or foreign). These investments had resulted in the conversion of agricultural, forest, and foreshore lands into plantations, mega-dams, commercial and industrial uses, special economic zones, eco-tourism projects and other non-agricultural uses. These private investors seek long term economic concessions which have affected peasant communities the most. Private sector investments in agricultural production have detrimental implications, such as converting farmers into laborers, promoting the use of harmful technologies and worst, displacing millions of peasant communities in Asia. Peasants’ right to land is continuously violated. Indigenous peoples are dislocated from their ancestral lands due to state-sponsored land grabbing. Food sovereignty is endangered.


Title: Current State&Prospects Of Genuine Agrarian Reform
Authors: Asian Peasant Coalition
Tags: agrarian reform
land grabbing
food sovereignty
Date: 8-May-2015
Publisher: Asian Peasant Coalition
Category Type: Reports
Appears in Sub-Collections:Agrarian Reform


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