What grounds us

Pamana

What we believe in

As rights holders, the urban poor’s right to food is bound to their tenurial, housing, and economic rights in the city. All citizens are duty bound to protect these rights.

What emerged

Working with KADAMAY and PLM, we knew that we needed a rights-based, people-led approach to community food security. There was emphasis on how the process and project design recognized the poor as rights bearers and the best people to know their food-security needs, and that the project team as duty bearers served to support meeting these needs and amplify their call for the recognition of their rights by the State.

It was essential for the team members to educate themselves about the plight of the urban poor and to understand that the right to food is tied to the struggle for housing and economic rights and right to the city of the urban poor. While we recognize that FTFT is not (yet) a policy-oriented activity, it endeavors to always strive to locate its work within the broader social and political context of the urban poor through education and conversations, and to go beyond the charity model and create platforms for solidarity with the sector.

We also hope that this community of practice will help guide the replication of more food gardens in more urban poor communities in the country, founded on agroecology, biodiversity, and solidarity.

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