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Is there a commitment by the United Nations, including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and various governments to safeguard the interests of small-scale farmers, food producers, and consumers?

The Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific (APRC), hosted by the Food and Agriculture Organization, is currently underway in Colombo from February 19 to 22. Participants include policymakers, government officials, and representatives from civil society organizations. Across the globe, from France and Belgium to India, hundreds of thousands of farmers are currently advocating for

URUMAYA : Before it becomes KARUMAYA for small-holder farmers in Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government’s “URUMAYA” program, aimed at providing freehold land titles to two million farmers and individuals utilizing lands on permits and conditional grants , has sparked both hope and concern among stakeholders. While the initiative promises to empower farmers and secure their land rights, some potential risks and challenges must be addressed to

Proposed Microfinance and Credit Regulatory Authority Eliminates Community-Credit Space.

The proposed Microfinance and Credit Regulatory Authority eliminates people’s right to organize credit services to suit their development needs by deeming any community savings and credit initiative illegal unless licensed. Promoted to regulate the unregulated and address the microfinance crisis, the Credit Regulatory Authority extends a set of overarching regulations imitating the Banking and Finance

Condemnation of Sri Lanka Government’s Decision to Export Farm Workers to Israel Amid Escalating Gaza Conflict

Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR), expressing our deep concern and condemnation regarding the recent decision of the Sri Lanka government to export 10,000 farm workers to Israel. This decision, taken at a time when the conflict between Israel and Gaza has escalated, resulting in the tragic loss of innocent lives, including children and

MONLAR lashes out at Wildlife Dept. for failure to protect elephants

The Department of Wildlife has given up efforts to protect elephants in the country, Sajeewa Chamikara of the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) has said. Addressing a gathering at the launch of his book, Sanwardana Jawaramen bihikala Ali minis getuma (The Human-Elephant Conflict: A Creation of the Development Racket), on Wednesday, Chamikara said

Stop Whitewashing Criminal Agri-Corporate Empires, IMF, WB, and WTO; It’s time for a People’s Food System!

As the Sri Lankan government is on the path to bail out everyone, but the people it’s responsible to serve from the disastrous debt crisis, the people are suffering from the devastating consequences of the austerity-driven fiscal policies of this meticulously orchestrated attack. The most marginalized people and communities, like Smallholder Food Producers and the

ECO APE COOP’s Journey to Latin America!

Our smallholder farmers products were sent to International Agrarian Reform Fair organized by Brazil’s Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST). Value added products were met with roaring compliments by the both local and International customers at the Fair which was held between 11th of May to 14th of May 2023 in São Paulo, Brazil. For the first time

Model Kandyan Garden Established at Makandura Farm

Establishment of the “Model Kandyan Garden” at the Pannala Makandura Eco-Agriculture Demonstration jointly run by the Movement for Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) and the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Development Center of the Department of Agriculture took place on 04th May 2023. Commemorating the special event, 250 plants were planted in the field. MONLAR Moderator

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