• 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.
  • 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.
  • Land concentration, land grabbing and people’s struggle...

    Land issues and 'land grabs' are mostly associated with the global South, however 13 country studies in this updated landmark report reveal an accelerating grab and concentration of land across Europe.

 

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

‘There is no voice of real farmers’

Portia Larlee
The release of the draft policy, part of a process towards enacting a new National Land Law and “harmonising” existing legislation, was greeted with objections and criticism from farmers’ organisations and ethnic minority groups throughout the country.

Call for Papers: Rural Transformations and Food Systems

The BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies is collaborating with several initiatives and institutions to hold an international conference with an African focus, with emphasis on transformations in food systems and implications for policy responses.This is their call for papers on 4 themes

The draft land use policy: putting big business first

There are some big problems with the current draft of the policy and they stem mainly from its failure to recognise that land has more than an economic function.
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Publications

Protecting Profits over People

Daniel Aguirre
Myanmar is in the process of formulating an investment law and a land use policy that when combined will lay the foundations of development for the country. As it stands, these proposed instruments could have an adverse impact on human rights, and in particular land rights.

Beyond the BRICS' Rhetoric: An Inquiry on South-South Land grabbing

Tomaso Ferrando
BRICS countries’ investors play an increasingly crucial role in land investments. Just as the global trend of increased interest and investment in land has led to a surge of land grabbing, BRICS investments have proved no different.

Pro-Business or Pro-Poor?

What are the potential implications for Myanmars majority rural working poor now after the unveiling of the much-awaited draft national land use policy?
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Events

December 2014

Hungry for Justice film & debate series

In December, FIAN, TNI and the Critical Collective host three film & debate evenings at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague. We will screen short documentaries on land issues, ocean grabbing and alternative food systems. After each screening, we’ll have a discussion with the public about the film and its theme, led by an expert on the topic. Come and learn more about these themes and share your ideas.    
December 2014

Screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Unearthed’

TNI, together with Milieudefensie and ISS, will host a screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Unearthed’. The documentary investigates fracking across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, in order to understand what this new method of gas extraction could mean for the farmers and nature in the South African semi-arid Karoo region, where Shell plans on fracking.
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.
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News

Rights groups urge ASEAN to break silence on enforced disappearance of Sombath Somphone

15 December 2014
On the second anniversary of the enforced disappearance of prominent Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, rights groups firmly condemn the Lao government’s ongoing refusal to provide any information regarding Sombath’s fate or whereabouts.

US/India WTO Agreement: How Corporate Greed Trumps Needs of World's Poor and Hungry

14 November 2014
A fact sheet from the U.S. Trade Representative explains that there are two parts to the deal that broke what had been an impasse over agreements from Ministerial meeting last year in Bali.

NGOs, Farmers Concerned After Reviewing Draft Land Use Policy

1 November 2014
Some 70 representatives of farmers’ organizations and civil society organizations from different parts of Burma gathered during a three-day meeting in Rangoon this week to hold the first of a number of discussions on the government’s new draft national land use policy.
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