Food & Agriculture

World Bank should not be solving food crisis

Robin Broad
October 2008

The World Bank should not be in charge of solving the global food crisis. Its record should disqualify it from playing a leading role.

The FAO and its work on land policy and agrarian reform

Sofia Monsalve Suárez
September 2008

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has a long history of work in the field of land policy and agrarian reform, playing a lead role in international co-operation from its founding up until the 1970s. From the 1990s on, the initiative in the design and development of land policies and agrarian reform has been taken up by the World Bank, with the FAO generally following its policies.

Dark Victory

Walden Bello, Shea Cunningham and Bill Rau
July 2008

Dark Victory reveals the roots of rising poverty and inequality in the South in a sweeping strategy of global economic rollback unleashed by the US to shore up the North's domination of the international economy and reassert corporate control.

The rise of food fascism

June 2008
The powerful agrarian interests in Santa Cruz, nurtured and developed in the 1980s by the multinational corporations in conjunction with the World Bank and the IMF, are sabotaging the central government of Evo Morales.

Like many third world countries Bolivia is experiencing food shortages and rising food prices attributable to a global food marketing system driven by multinational agribusiness corporations.

Competing views and strategies on agrarian reform

June 2008

A detailed examination of the Philippine agrarian reform experience drawing lessons that are relevant to theory-building and to policy discourse and political actions in situations elsewhere.

Now is the Time for Food Sovereignty

Forum Terra Preta
June 2008

The serious and urgent food and climate crises are being used by political and economic elites as opportunities to entrench corporate control of world agriculture and the ecological commons.

How to manufacture a global food crisis: lessons from the World Bank, IMF, and WTO

May 2008
The global rise in food prices is not only a consequence of using food crops to produce biofuels, but of the "free trade" policies promoted by international financial institutions. Now peasant organisations are leading the opposition to a capitalist industrial agriculture.

La Vía Campesina and its Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform

May 2008
Vía Campesina’s ‘Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform’ has made a significant impact (inter)nationally in reshaping the terms of the land reform debates, but its impact on other land policy dynamics has been marginal.


Transnational Agrarian Movements:

Saturnino M. Borras, Marc Edelman and Cristóbal Kay
May 2008
This essay outlines the origins, past successes and failures, and current and future challenges of the transnational agrarian movements.

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Rural Democratisation: (Re)Framing rural poor political action

February 2008

With two-thirds of the world’s poor rural poor, rural democratisation is clearly relevant and urgent, but at the same time an especially difficult--and underestimated--challenge. If democracy is to be organically rooted in any society, the struggle to “get there” must systematically be opened up to integrate rural poor citizens system-wide, taking stock of their aspirations and, more importantly, their existing efforts to gain control of decision-making affecting their lives.