• Ocean grabbing: a new wave of enclosures

    Not only are the small-scale fisher communities best placed to ensure food sovereignty, but they are also the starting point for any serious transition towards an ecologically and socially just food regime. We need a revolution to bring the oceans back into the global commons.
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    Five sites of struggle and potential transformation

    Corporate control of the food system in the US continues to undermine the livelihoods of farmers, farmworkers, fisherpeople, communities of color, and indigenous peoples in the US, but there are also increasing examples of community-based resistance, grassroots solidarity, and broad-based alliances that are resisting the corporate takeover.
  • Reclaiming Agricultural Investment

    Effective state policies and investments in support of small scale food producers does not only provide a socially just alternative to a model based on foreign direct investment in agro-industries, but it is also a safeguard against land grabbing.  
  • The New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

    Global corporations are increasingly influencing development policy, resulting in partnership agreements like the New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security that grow corporate profits while endangering the livelihoods of small-scale farmers.
  • Policy Shift

    'Policy Shift' identifies ten key policy changes that are required to support just alternative agriculture investments. The approach integrates human rights into the core of decision-making and is informed by practical, on-the-ground examples of positive agricultural investments that benefit both small-scale farmers and communities.

 

The ‘agrarian justice’ cluster brings together research and analysis on political struggles in rural areas around access, control and ownership of resources and land, as well as on international agrarian movements struggling against dispossession and working to construct alternatives. Read more about this project

Articles

Small Farms Can Feed the World

Hilal Elver
Much of agricultural policy is rooted in a view that considers small farms as inefficient. Efficiency and productivity in agriculture, it is argued, can only be delivered by consolidating land, using advanced technology, investing in large-scale irrigation and massive fertilization, and encouraging monoculture in big-scale farms.

Keep Sombath’s vision alive: Keynote speech by Shui Meng Ng at AEPF10

Two years ago, at the 9th AEPF,  Sombath Somphone gave the keynote speech at the opening session of the Forum in Vientiane. Two months after this vibrant AEPF in Laos he disappeared.  This year his wife Shui Meng Ng gave the keynote speech, to remind us of Sombath's vision.

UN: only small Farmers and Agroecology can feed the World

Nafeez Ahmed
Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using 'agroecological' methods, according to Hilal Elver,  UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Her call coincides with a new agroecology initiative within the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Publications

Pro-Business or Pro-Poor?

TNI Myanmar Programme & TNI Agrarian Justice Programme
What are the potential implications for Myanmars majority rural working poor now after the unveiling of the much-awaited draft national land use policy?

The Global Water Grab: A Primer

Gloria Pracucci
Water grabbing refers to situations where powerful actors take control of valuable water resources  for their own benefit, depriving local communities whose livelihoods often depend on these resources and ecosystems.

Women Agricultural Workers

Denisse Córdova & Cornelia Helmcke. Contributions from Philip Seufert, Flavio Valente and Yifang Slot-Tang.
While access to waged agricultural work can bring about benefits to women, this paper aims to shed light on the discriminatory working conditions women agricultural workers endure in industries where women have traditionally constituted a significant share of the workforce.

Events

September 2014

Agro-ecology: A Solution to the Food Crisis

Small-scale farmers and fishers provide food for a large part of the world’s population in ways that sustain rural livelihoods, cultures and ecologies. Yet they are rarely consulted about the solutions needed to address hunger.
June 2014

Race and territorial politics in land policy reform in Burma

The transition to industrial food regimes involves a shift from the use of guns and fear to dispossess smallholders of their land and farming livelihoods to that of the logic of law and markets, backed by police force.
April 2014

Het Europese Lijsttrekkersdebat

In de aanloop naar de Europese verkiezingen van 22 mei organiseert de Fair, Green & Global Alliantie een debat waarin verschillende Europese lijsttrekkers worden uitgedaagd deze vragen te beantwoorden.

News

No Compromise on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to FPIC in the CFS!

13 October 2014
Ensuring that investment in agriculture is done responsibly is vital for indigenous peoples, whose identities and cultural survival are inextricably linked to their lands and natural resources. Respecting this link is a fundamental principle in international law and jurisprudence, the recognition of which indigenous peoples have fought for and won and which reaffirms their right to determine the outcome of decision-making that affects them, rather than merely being involved in the process.

Comment marchés financiers et multinationales accaparent aussi les mers et les océans

18 September 2014
Les terres agricoles ne sont pas les seules cibles de puissants intérêts privés, de grandes entreprises ou de gros investisseurs. Littoraux, mangroves ou récifs coralliens sont aussi convoités. Un nouveau rapport lève le voile sur cet accaparement des mers.

La pêche artisanale, en danger face à la mondialisation ?

8 September 2014
Les pêcheurs artisanaux sont de plus en plus menacés dans le monde : c’est le constat fait par l’ONG Transnational Institute (TNI) dans un rapport publié début septembre.