| 16-04-2014

Urgent Action: Right to food violated in Hacienda Matias, Philippines

500 tenant-farmers and their families in Hacienda Matias continue suffering food insecurity and harassment

On the occasion of the International Day of Peasants' Struggle, FIAN International makes a call to demand the Filipino government to fast-track the land redistribution process in order to guarantee the right to food of the tenant-farmers and their families and to put an end to the harassment of the tenants.

Since 2004, the tenant-farmers in Hacienda Matias have been demanding the distribution of the 1,716 hectare landholding under the national agrarian reform program. Agrarian reform, however, is still not implemented on Hacienda Matias and the tenant-farmers and their families continue suffering food insecurity and harassment. This is due to the resistance of the landowner, but also to delays in the Office of the President, and the slow implementation of a land survey on the ground by the Department of Agrarian Reform.

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