Publications

Globalising Hunger

Paper
Thomas Fritz
December 2011

An analysis of how the EU Common Agricultural Policy and its external trade policy increases import dependency and undermines food security in developing countries, contributing to the escalating food crisis.

Global Land Grabbing and Trajectories of Agrarian Change: A Preliminary Analysis

Paper
December 2011

The politics of change in land use and in property relations linked to cases of land grabbing are not well understood, and yet are crucial to a deeper understanding of the phenomenon.

Land grabbing in Latin America and the Caribbean in broader international perspectives

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Report
Cristobal Kay, Max Spoor
December 2011

A critical re-assessment of a UN FAO study on land grabbing finds that a too-narrow definition has obscured evidence of land grabbing on a wider geographical scale than previously thought; this research includes new evidence of cases in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Green Economy: the Wolf in Sheep’s clothing

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Briefing
December 2011

The fundamental flaw at the heart of UNEP's report "Towards a Green Economy" is its failure to analyse the extraordinarily unequal power relations that exist in today’s world, and the interests at play in the operation of this global economic system.

Social and environmental impacts of sugarcane production in Brazil

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Carlos Vinicius Xavier, Fábio T. Pitta and Maria Luisa Mendonça
November 2011

In this publication, data and recent analyses will be presented on the expansion of sugar cane monoculture for ethanol production in Brazil, and in particular on the monopolisation in the sector due to mergers and the takeover of production plants by foreign companies

Civil Society Gaining Ground

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Report
November 2011

Local organisations have adopted different strategies towards the authoritarian government in Burma. Focussing on the dynamics of civil society Tom Kramer looks into the possibilities and risks of growing international interest in engagement with these groups.

Legalised Profiteering?

Briefing
November 2011

The secretive and lucrative world of international investment arbitration has enriched a small coterie of multi-billion dollar international firms, which actively promote and even help finance litigations against states and have fought fiercely to prevent changes to an unjust international investment regime.

'Legal highs'

Briefing
Adam Winstock & Chris Wilkins
October 2011

To date, the approaches to regulation have varied between nations, both with respect to the nature and specificity of the measures taken and their intended outcome. Such diversity appropriately reflects the marked differences in the existing drug use problems and public health approaches to addressing such issues between nations.

Land, conflict and the challenge of pro-poor peace-building

Paper
October 2011

There is a lot of contention over approaches to land reform policy, in terms of how to involve the state, the market and communities; but what matters most for a socio-economically and politically sustainable solution, is that the policy is genuinely 'pro-poor'.

USAID's Alternative Development policy in Colombia

Briefing
October 2011

Alternative Development as practised by USAID and the Colombia government was always guided more by security rather than development considerations. This report examines the key aspects of USAID's alternative development policy and its implementation in Colombia during the last decade. A critical analysis by Ricardo Vargas.

 

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