Sarath Fernando, a founding member of LVC movement Movement for National Land and Agricultural Reform (MONLAR) in Sri Lanka, passed away last night.
He was one of the top leaders of La Via Campesina in South Asia Region. He was leader of Sri Lanka who advocated for agroecology, land to the landless, and agrarian reform. Via Campesina South Asia pays tribute to Sarath Fernando. May his soul rest in peace.
featuring S. Fernando
“Sarath was the in Chikballapur with us during the regional conference in 2012, he was really active at that time and engaging in all the debates in LVC conference. Later he was in the field with us and visited Krishnappa in Bannur, and he liked the concept of Zero Budget Natural Farming. He used to say that ‘Agroecology is the only solution for the world’s subsistence and sustainability.’ It’s a great memory for me having debates with him about hybrid seeds and seed sovereignty, til midnight. He was strongly believing in the smallest of the small farms, those with 1/10th of an acre. He was a very humorous and friendly person, and he was able to collect the young people.” S Kannaiyan, SICCFM
"I am very shocked hearing the news demise of Comrade Sarath Farnado. He was not only great fighter of genuine agrarian reform but also a great democratic fighter. He devoted his life in favor of fighting brave human right and democracy. In his absence, I believe new generation would continue his desire." Balram Banskota, ANPFA
Agroecology vs. Global Crisis. p.3 Zero Budget Natural Farming: a concrete example. (S. Fernando)