Publications

Contested Agrifood Governance

Paper
Christopher M. Bacon
January 2013

The big tent version of fair trade collapsed when Fair Trade USA split from Fairtrade International, a global stakeholder governed network of certification agencies, firms, and representative farmer organizations. Despite protest from fair trade pioneers, smallholder cooperatives , and civil society, Fair Trad e USA developed weaker standards , granting certification to undeserving coffee plantations and unorganized smallholders.

Navigating De- and Re-Peasantisation

Paper
Kathryn DeMaster
January 2013

Characterizing food sovereignty and neoliberal food production ideologies as dichotomous and oppositional, the first as positive and enriching and the second as negative and impoverishing, has given the food sovereignty movement some heuristic heft. However, presenting these two approaches as universal ideal types may overlook the diverse contexts they engage.

Marginalized street food vendors promoting consumption of millets among the urban poor

Paper
Kirit Patel, David Guenther, Kyle Wiebe & Ruth-Anne Seburn
January 2013

While Indian Policy makers have claimed that the number of people leaving below the poverty line has been reduced, a spatial analysis of poverty data reveals that most of the gains achieved have been concentrated within rural areas while the urban poor continue to experience abject poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition.

Southeast Asia Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2012, Bangkok

Report
December 2012

The 4th GIZ/TNI Southeast Asia Informal Drug Policy Dialogue titled ‘The Future of Alternative Development in Southeast Asia’ took place on 18 and 19 December 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Competing political tendencies in global governance of land grabbing

Paper
Chunyu Wang
December 2012

Three political tendencies have emerged in response to land grabbing that are shaping the global debate and the potential future trajectory of land governance.

The future of Public Enterprises in Latin America and the World

Report
December 2012

An international seminar in Montevideo, co-organised by TNI and the Uruguayan government, shared the latest learning and innovation by state-owned enterprises across Latin America and affirmed their importance as instruments for economic and social development.

Accounting for carbon, depoliticising plunder

Les Levidow
November 2012

The EU aspires to global leadership in developing ‘sustainable biofuels’, arguing they can substitute for fossil fuels, but the result has been dispossession of rural communities throughout the South.

The Northern Triangle’s drugs-violence nexus

Briefing
Liza ten Velde
November 2012

The countries of the Northern Triangle are experiencing much higher rates of violence and increasing Drug Trafficking Organization (DTOs) activity than Mexico which has occupied the limelight when it comes to media attention. To what extent is the drugs trade responsible for this violence?

Profiting from injustice

Report
Pia Eberhardt
November 2012

A small club of international law firms, arbitrators and financial speculators are fuelling an investment arbitration boom that is costing taxpayers billions of dollars and preventing legislation in the public interest.

Something rotten in the ANC state

Paper
November 2012

The palaces of President Zuma and the massacre of miners at Marikana symbolise how the gulf between rich and poor has grown in the 18 years since the African National Congress came to power in South Africa. Hilary Wainwright reports on how formerly loyal ANC activists are turning against their government

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