Fruits and vegetables are produced in Mexico for national and also exported consumption. The harvest is done thanks to the hands of more than 2.5 million people, men and women working in agricultural fields located in several states in the center and north of the country.
- What would you do if you knew that the people responsible for harvesting the vegetables you buy in the super, are working under subhuman conditions?
- Would you like to help end this terrible reality in Mexico’s agricultural fields?
The National Network on Agricultural workers, integrated with organizations, scholars and independent advocates located in Guerrero, Sonora, Mexico City, Chiapas, Guanajuato, Sinaloa, San Luis Potosí and Oaxaca. Coordinated by the Center for Studies on International Cooperation for Development and Public Management, A.C., together with the Center for Information on Business and Human Rights, work to achieve this. And you can help us a lot with a small donation.
Do you want to know how?
Help us document poor working conditions and situations of labor trafficking in which women and men, girls, children and youths are working in Mexico’s agricultural fields. We will present the results on a global Forum entitled “Companies and Human Rights” it will take place in New York. The Forum Highlighting modern forms of slavery in chart in New York next September 18th. The Americas as part of “The Mary Robinson Speaking Series on Business and Human Rights”, Place in which we will have the opportunity to focus on pressure on the Mexican government to eradicate modern forms of slavery in agricultural fields of the country.
How will we put your donations into action?
Your donation will help us carry out a research that will document the subhuman conditions and trafficking situations in the Mexican agricultural fields.
We need 7,000USD for:
Go to 6 states of the country (San Luis Potosí, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Chiapas, Sonora and Baja California) to document about the real situation of agricultural fields. Thus we will have a report with updated data and information
And reliable to be able to present it formally in the forum “Companies and Rights Human Rights” in New York which is scheduled to take place on September 18. At the same time, we will hold a press conference in Mexico.
We tell you that if we do not reach the goal we will seek to document the cases detected in the agricultural fields.
We will be distributing the goal: Transfer expenses and per diem expenses for documentation in the indicated states. Expenses to present the report in New York in September. Expenses for the Report’s elaboration, design and printing.
Why it matters:
Your contribution is to: Help us to impact the lives of 2.5 million Mexicans!
According to available information, in 2012, in Mexico there were 2.5 million people working as agricultural workers (ENOE, 2012 and the Population and Housing Census, 2010). This population shares certain characteristics, that are to say that they are the poorest people, who come from more precarious conditions. A large part of this workforce often includes of worker´s total families: women, girls, children, youth and workers of indigenous peoples being more vulnerable to abuse.
Thanks to them (and unfortunately including the agricultural work of almost one million children), we can buy around 24/7 of different agricultural products from the supermarket. But in many cases, we do not think about where these products come from and under what living and working conditions of those who make it possible.
We have a great opportunity to demand the responsibility of companies and the governments for the welfare and dignity of agricultural workers. Because they are indigenous, because they are women, men, girls, boys and youths, because they are migrants, it does not mean that they do not have rights. Help us to change this reality! Your contribution is just for that!
- The violence that exists in the different geographical areas where the agricultural ranches in Mexico are located. As well as it is important to emphasize that the violence in the origin communities migrant workers.
- The lack of information of companies to the workers in matter of labor rights in the agricultural fields.
- Not being able to cover all the states of the republic where there are agricultural ranches, for this reason we see important to be clear with the destination of your contribution, which will be used to arrive at a representative sample of the poor working conditions faced by the people who grow your food in Mexico for your consumption in the United States.
- We invite you to help us all this month, spreading this campaign, in addition to your donation, the important thing is to make visible the reality that people living in the Mexican countryside live every day. Be supportive and just asking the origin of your food. #SalariosJustos
About our organization:
This work effort is shared between the National Network of Agricultural workers and the Center for Information on Business and Human Rights (CIEDH), this last is an NGO with offices in London and New York and with regional researchers in different countries, including Mexico. The purpose of the CIEDH is to encourage companies to respect human rights by bringing information about their conduct to a global audience.
The National Network of Agricultural Workers: The traditional movement in Mexico of internal workers migration has various issues in terms of health, human and labor rights, child labor and abuses due to its vulnerability, such as women, indigenous people, girls, boys and teenagers. Some of these problems attended by civil organizations in some states; Which are located as a destination, as well as the origin of migrant agricultural workers.
This is how, since 2014 the Network began to work, thus conveying other actors and organizations in the country to reinforce these efforts, but above all to organize and contribute to Strengthening workers capacities and recognizing their rights, and thus improving the living and working conditions of migrant agricultural workers.
The National Network of Farmworkers has the objective to: Contributing to the Agricultural workers and their families to improve their living conditions, conditions of health, housing and education; And their working conditions as access to a fair wage and with benefits of law; From a gender, intercultural and human rights perspective.
Currently the Network is integrated by the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center, A.C. Of the state of Guerrero; Mixteco Alto, Sonora, Mexico; Mesoamerican Voices-Action with Migrant Peoples, A.C. (Chiapas); Enlace, Comunicación y Capacitación, A.C. (CDMX-Oaxaca-Guerrero); Loyola Indigenous Development Center. A.C. (Guanajuato): Network of Indigenous Peoples of Sinaloa; Indigenous Front of Binational Organizations (FIOB); Alternative Answer, A.C. (San Luis Potosi); Pastoral Social and Migrants of the Diocese of Matehuala (San Luis Potosí); Independent: Dr. Ma. Antonia Barrón Pérez of the Faculty of Economics-UNAM; Dr. Celso Ortiz Marín of the Universidad Autónoma Intercultural de Sinaloa; Mariano Yarza. Assuming the coordination of the network in 2016, Isabel Margarita Nemecio and Mayela Blanco from the Center for Studies in International Cooperation and Public Management, A.C. (CECIG) of the CDMX.
The Center for Information on Business and Human Rights (CIEDH) is an NGO with headquarters in London and New York and with regional researchers in different countries, including Mexico. The purpose of CIEDH is to encourage Companies to respect human rights, by informing about their conduct to a global audience.
Jorge Mario Soto Romero
DEYANIRA CLERIGA MORALES
Miguel Angel Paz Carrascco
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