Challenging semi-feudal models of food production
Roots for Equity was formed in 1997 and formally registered in 2000. The organization works with the most vulnerable, marginalized communities that include small and landless farmers, women, and religious minorities in the rural and urban sectors. Roots is committed to being an active part of communities’ struggle to achieve political, social, environmental, and economic justice.
Roots for Equity is raising awareness surrounding the importance of agroecology in the climate crisis. The group is highlighting the importance of agroecology in providing nutritious food and the critical role women farmers and consumers play in the food system. The agricultural sector in Pakistan employs a majority of the population, and women are a key part of the workforce. However, farmers experience poor socioeconomic status, and the semi-feudal mode of production is a major contributor to the exploitation and oppression of rural communities. Roots for Equity is working with small-scale and landless farmers, women agriculture workers, youth, school teachers, and primary health workers to engage the local community in political education. The group is also working with peasants, women, youth, trade unionists, fisherfolk, and the country’s other minorities to encourage farmers to adopt agroecology over other farming methods.