Monopoly control of agriculture by agrochemical corporations has always been a continuous threat to the sustainable and healthy farming systems of the rural poor. The flood in Pakistan in August 2010, as a result of climate change, displaced 20 million people and destroyed agricultural farms. As farmer-owned seeds in rural Pakistan were wiped out, small-scale farmers did not have much choice but to accept seeds donated by agrochemical TNCs that were supposed to help in agricultural reconstruction. Many groups, though, suspect that these seeds are either genetically engineered or high-yielding varieties and would eventually wipe out whatever traditional varieties left in the country.
Access to land, biodiversity and other productive resources are critical to alleviating poverty in the rural areas. Without this access, small food producers cannot sustainably and efficiently use the land and resources to improve their livelihood options.