Food & Agriculture

Rural democratisation in Mexico’s deep south

Jonathan Fox, Carlos García Jiménez and Libby Haight
December 2008

Has political regime change led to changes in state-society relations? This study begins to address this question by analysing rural movement efforts to exercise newly-won citizen rights. The specific focus is on rural civil society initiatives to use the “right to know” as a tool to bolster long-standing campaigns to build self-managed, community-based economic development institutions, to bolster peasant influence over the policy process, to defend human rights, and to respect indigenous rights.

Local politics and the sustainability of rural life

UNAC Rural Democratisation Research Team
December 2008

To be a strong peasant movement in a place like Chokwe, Mozambique requires going beyond ambiguous compromises to develop collective political thinking and to develop the capacity to use political power in ways that ensure that governmental and non-governmental organisations that help the peasantry act in line with what peasants wish and need.


Territorial restructuring and the grounding of agrarian reform:

Eric Holt-Giménez
November 2008

In this study of the World Bank's role in Guatemala, Eric Holt-Giménez shows how its programme for market-led land reform there complements its strategy for opening the Western Highlands to extractive industries.

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.
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