IFWC is southern-led, militant global platform of small-scale fisherfolk organisations and their advocates resisting imperialist globalization and working for genuine sustainability in fisheries under a pro-people development framework.
As anti-imperialist assembly in global fisheries movement, IFWC gathers and strengthens the collective action of the fisherpeople in resisting the persistent attacks of neo-liberal globalization through education, campaign and propaganda and mass mobilizations.
Its’ key advocacy is the propagation, promotion and advancement of issues and struggles in the fisheries sector for social justice and emancipation through active social movements and people’s resistance against the global regime of neo-liberal globalization.
The IFWC focuses primarily on the need to strengthen sectoral fisherfolk associations and the primacy of building a global assembly of small-fisherfolk organizations and their movements to counter the perpetual and increasing attack of neo-liberal globalization on small-scale fisher people and fish workers both in underdeveloped and developed countries.
The IFWC is composed of marginalized-based fisherfolk associations, fish worker groups, coastal fisherfolk community associations of fisherfolk, and fisherfolk movements. The IFWC is a comprehensive and militant fisherfolk formation and their advocates and is a small-scale fisherfolk-led coalition of sustainable fisheries advocates.
The propagation, promotion and advancement of issues and struggles in the fisheries sector for social justice and emancipation through active social movements and people’s resistance against the global regime of neo-liberal globalization is the key advocacy of IFWC.
The objectives of the coalition are to:
1. Support and coordinate fisher people and grassroots fisheries struggle;
2. Provide venues for collective discussions of issues pertaining or relevant to fisheries concerns and grassroots struggles;
3. Initiate or lead global and regional campaigns and resistance against neo-liberal globalization and other policies and programs detrimental or opposed to the collective rights of global fisher people especially those in the South; and
4. Contribute to capacity and movement building of small-scale fisherfolk groups towards the grassroots strengthening and engagements in a relevant regional and international or national intergovernmental bodies.
Core Group Members
Fernando Hicap, Pamalakaya, Philippines
Chennaiah Poguri, APVVU, India
Ajay Kumar, Andrah Pradesh Fish Workers’ Union, India
Andika, AGRA Fisherfolk West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Denni Nurdwiansyah, AGRA Fisherfolk West Kalimantan, Indonesia
Zoila Bustamante, CONAPACH, Chile – http://www.conapach.cl/home/
Mamadou Thioune, National Fishers’ Association, Senegal
Wane Ibra, Plateforme d’Echange et de Concertation des Organisations de la Société Civil sur la Gestion Maritime, Mauritania
Gaoussou Gueye, African Confederation of Professional Organizations of Artisanal Fisheries (CAOPA), Africa
Andrew Johnston, Artisanal Fishers Association, South Africa
Sylvia Mallari, Asian Peasant Coalition – http://www.asianpeasant.org/
Ruth Salditos, Fisheries and Marine Environment Research Institute (FMERI), global – http://fmeri.wordpress.com/
Karen Villaprudente, Fisheries and Marine Environment Research Institute (FMERI), global – http://fmeri.wordpress.com/
Ravadee Prasertcharoensuk, Sustainable Development Foundation, Thailand
Amy Padilla, IBON International, global – http://iboninternational.org/
Thailand Association of Fisherfolk Federations
Antonio Tujan Jr., People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), global – http://www.foodsov.org/