Reports & Briefings

Women Agricultural Workers

Denisse Córdova & Cornelia Helmcke. Contributions from Philip Seufert, Flavio Valente and Yifang Slot-Tang.
September 2014
Report

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.

The Politics of Sugarcane flexing in Brazil and beyond

Ben McKay, Sérgio Sauer, Ben Richardson and Roman Herre
September 2014

Flex crops, spread over greater expanses of land, are increasingly interlinked through international exchange in food, fee and fuel. Brazilian exports of sugarcane ethanol to the US are in part influenced by the domestic US production of maize ethanol, which in turn is shaped by the price of feed and the soybean supply.

The Politics of Flexing Soybeans in China and Brazil

Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira and Mindi Schneider
September 2014

The trajectories of soy developments in Brazil and China are related despite moving largely in opposite directions.

Briefing: Myanmar’s “Rohingya” - what’s in a name?

September 2014

Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group.

UN weighs in on blame game over census tensions

Bill O’Toole
September 2014

The head of the United Nations’ technical advisory board for Myanmar’s census has dismissed criticisms of the process and blamed civil society and human rights groups for having “inflamed” tensions surrounding the count.

Shifting Power Reader

September 2014

The economic rise of China, India, Brazil and others has prompted plenty of speculation about its implications for US power and global governance. But what does the rise of these nations mean for social movements committed to economic, social and environmental justice? This Reader pulls together a series of working papers.

The Emerging Economies and Climate Change

September 2014

The BASIC bloc of countries in UN negotiations have too often ended up collaborating and colluding with the inaction of industrialised countries, undermining the future of the poor in their own countries and throughout the South.

Land grabbing under the Cover of Law

Tomaso Ferrando
September 2014

The BRICS are following the pattern traditionally adopted by Northern countries of enclosing and exploiting land, both nationally and abroad, to benefit capital and global agro-industrialisation. They are also using law and diplomacy, notably Bilateral Investment Agreements, in order to facilitate access to foreign land, and foster their own economic interests.

BRICS: A Global Trade Power in a Multipolar World

Joseph Purugganan, Afsar Jafri and Pablo Solon
September 2014

The BRICS have played an important role at moments in slowing down neoliberal trade policy, but do not depart from a global trade model that has yielded great profits for a few major transnational companies and witnessed a race to the bottom in term of wages, working conditions, and environmental protection.

South Africa and the BRICS alliance

September 2014

South Africa under the ANC and its alliance with the BRICS promised a more moral, democratic vision of global governance, but in practice its foreign policy has been too often swayed by narrow commercial interests and short-term growth.