• The Transnational Institute at Voedsel Anders

    TNI was there, when Wageningen University witnessed the dynamism of the modern food movement, at a two day conference that shared views on farming, research, advocacy and activism, and a commitment to transforming our food and agriculture systems
  • Call for Proposals

    BICAS calls for proposals for small research grants on BRICS and MICs in their regions; BRICS and MICs in relation to the old hubs of global capital; China in Focus.
  • Seeds of discontent

    Watch this trailer for a powerful new documentary about how supposedly well-meaning Dutch and Swedish investments can result in land grabbing and human rights abuses in one small community in Mozambique.  
  • No fracking way

    A briefing that explores how a trade agreement currently being negotiated between the US and the EU could open the way to multi-billion euro lawsuits from companies wanting to expand “fracking” for shale gas and oil.
  • Fracking and the global land grab

    Linking the current boom of unconventional gas extraction within the broader pattern of land and water grabbing, this report explores where fracking is happening today, who is promoting it, how, and the state of resistance.

 

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

Troubled waters of ocean governance under scrutiny

TNI's Agrarian Justice team reiterates the hazardous consequences of current ocean governance and policy frameworks, which have been repeatedly raised by social movements representing fisher people at the Global Oceans Action Summit.

Videos: Food Sovereignty Colloquium 2013

Hundreds of academics and activists from around the world gathered to critically discuss the contested concept of Food Sovereignty.  We gathered a selection of videos that elaborate key debates about the intellectual and political future of Food Sovereignty, and seek to address particularly the question of the concept’s intellectual future in the field of critical agrarian studies.
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Raj Patel: Food sovereignty A critical dialogue

Academic, author and activist Raj Patel talks about Food Sovereignty as “a signifier on the move” - a concept being continually, dialectically, reinvented.

Publications

Day of Dialogue on Knowledge for Food Sovereignty

On January 24 more than 300 academics and activists from around the world came together at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague for the Colloquium Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue. The meeting was a follow up to the conference of the same name held at Yale University in September of 2013.

The State of Land in Europe

While the overall amount of agricultural land in Europe is shrinking, it is also becoming increasingly concentrated in a few large landholdings and in the hands of relatively few big private business entities.

Policy Shift

'Policy Shift' answers the call for a paradigm shift in favour of investment in agricultural alternatives by identifying a set of ten key policy changes that are required to support and promote positive alternative investments. The approach adopted is both a normative one informed by prevailing human rights norms and an empirical one informed by practical, on-the-ground examples of positive agricultural investments.

Events

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.
February 2014

Food Otherwise: Towards fair and sustainable food and agriculture systems

More and more farmers, consumers, scientists and civil society organisations are working towards  sustainable and fair ways of producing food. They are forging new relationships between farmers and consumers. They offer creative, dynamic and diverse alternatives to large-scale, anonymous and industrialised food production and the increasing influence of transnational corporations.
January 2014

Food Sovereignty Colloquium

A contested concept, food sovereignty has barged into global agrarian discourse over the last two decades. The colloquium brings together leading scholars and political activists, sympathetic and sceptical to whether food sovereignty can foster a critical and productive dialogue on agrarian issues.

News

New report reveals how the EU-US trade deal risks expanding fracking

6 March 2014
A trade deal between the EU and the US risks opening the backdoor for the expansion of fracking in Europe and the US, reveals a new report released today (Thursday, March 6) [1].

Three quarters of new land concessions unused: ministry

15 December 2013
New data shows that less than one-quarter of the area of large-scale land concessions awarded to businesses since 2010-11 is being used for agriculture. This raises “serious questions” about the government’s land use policies.

“Landgrabbing” in Europa

5 October 2013
Europas Jugend wehrt sich gegen die oft fragwürdige Aneignung von Land durch Großkonzerne. Nicht nur in Lateinamerika, Asien oder Afrika kontrollieren Großinvestoren immer mehr Land: Laut einer Studie des Amsterdamer “Transnational Institute” ist Landgrabbing heute auch ein europäisches Problem.