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  1. Extractivism and resistance in North Africa

    • Hamza Hamouchene
    20 November 2019
    Paper

    Northern African countries are key suppliers of natural resources to the global economy, from large- scale oil and gas extraction in Algeria and Tunisia, to phosphate mining in Tunisia and Morocco, to water-intensive agribusiness paired with tourism in Morocco and Tunisia. The commodification of nature and privatisation of resources entailed in these projects has led to serious environmental damages, and forced these countries into a subservient position in the global economy, sustaining and deepening global inequalities.

  2. Our Oceans need a different approach

    Zoe Brent, Mads Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen
    24 October 2019
    Opinion

    Delegates to the Our Oceans conference are gathering to discuss ocean sustainability, but there’s a big problem: their proposals will only sanitize continued resource extraction and environmental and ecological degradation.

  3. Whose Ocean?

    23 October 2019
    Declaration

    On 23 and 24 October, Norway will host the “Our Ocean” conference: An annual international conference that was initiated in 2014 by the US Department of State outside of any UN process. The people who live with and are surrounded by the ocean, and who are most affected by the deterioration of the marine environment, are not present in the conference panels: Fishers, coastal communities and first-affected by climate change indigenous groups. 

  4. Understanding Our Oceans

    Katie Sandwell
    23 October 2019
    Snapshot

    Six key reads to understand the rising pressure on ocean space.

  5. The Amazon and the hell of power

    Francesco Martone
    03 October 2019
    Article

    Power inferno”, this is the title Jean Baudrillard gave to one of his essays in the aftermath of the attack on the Twin Towers, paraphrasing the title of a catastrophic film that hit the billboards years earlier: A “Tower Inferno”. A hell of power. This we might say today, as in past occasions, of the Amazon, an image of fire, destruction and resistance, that has been cyclically appearing and reappearing in the media, and that periodically unleashes indignation and helplessness, as if the Amazon were some sort of symbol of past and future apocalypse.

  6. The Transnational Institute supports the Global Climate Strike

    24 September 2019
    Declaration

    The climate crisis is a manifestation of the systemic, capitalist crisis. We demand governments tackle the climate crisis by ending corporate power, facilitated by the trade and investment regime, that has long destroyed livelihoods and communities.

    This corporate impunity has led to the wholesale looting of the biosphere, authoritarian responses and worsening social, political and environmental conflicts, particularly in the Global South.

  7. Marine Spatial Planning

    • Thibault Josse, Marthin Hadiwinata, Henrikus Pratama, Zoe Brent, Mads Barbesgaard
    19 September 2019
    Report

    This report is based on on-going collaborative research between the Transnational Institute (TNI) and the Indonesian traditional fisher folk union, Kesatuan Nelayan Tradisional Indonesia (KNTI). For the past decade, Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) has become a popular policy tool to resolve conflicts over and in ocean space. Proponents claim that MSP can ensure a process that balances competing interests between different users of ocean space from large-scale extractive industries, to tourism companies to small-scale fishers.

  8. Unmasking the Blue Fix

    • Zoe Brent, Mads Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen
    18 September 2019

    Our relationship to the ocean has changed greatly over the centuries. For those who fish, it is their livelihood, while for trade the ocean is considered simply a surface across which goods can be shipped. At the beginning of the 20th century another era began, centred on the extraction of ocean resources from the seabed, and today there is talk of the “blue economy”, which promises a triple win on the ecological, social and economic fronts.

  9. Counterrevolutionary Movements in the Global South and Global North: Convergences and Divergences

    23 September 2019 - Event

    A conversation between Walden Bello and Prof. Jaap de Wilde.

  10. Landgrabbing: Contested meanings of land

    • Sylvia Kay
    06 September 2019

    Across the world, peasants, pastoralists, fishers, and indigenous peoples are losing their once effective control over the land, water, wetlands, pastures, fishing grounds and forests on which they depend including the right to decide how these natural resources will be used, when and by whom, at what scale and for what purposes, often for generations to come.

  11. Η Δημοκρατία δεν είναι προς πώληση Ο αγώνας για Διατροφική Κυριαρχία στην Ελλάδα την εποχή της λιτότητας

    • Stephan Backes , Jenny Gkiougki, Sylvia Kay, Charalampos Konstantinidis, Emily Mattheisen, Christina Sakali, Eirini Tzekou, Leonidas Vatikiotis, Pietje Vervest
    21 May 2019
    Report

    Περίληψη

    Αυτή η έκθεση εξετάζει τις επιπτώσεις της λιτότητας στην Ελλάδα στο δικαίωμα στην τροφή. Καταλήγει στο συμπέρασμα ότι το ελληνικό κράτος και τα κράτη μέλη της Ευρωζώνης παραβίασαν το δικαίωμα του ελληνικού λαού στην τροφή ως αποτέλεσμα των μέτρων λιτότητας που απαιτήθηκαν από τα τρία Μνημόνια Κατανόησης (2010, 2012 και 2015). Με άλλα λόγια, τα πακέτα λιτότητας που επιβλήθηκαν στην Ελλάδα αντέβαιναν στο διεθνές δίκαιο των ανθρωπίνων δικαιωμάτων.

  12. Food production for profit illustration

    Når magt vokser som ukrudt: Virksomhedsfusioner og kampen for vores madsystem

    • Katie Sandwell
    17 May 2019
    Report

    Gigantvirksomheder har taget kontrollen over vores mad. I løbet af de sidste to år har disse virksomheder arbejdet på at fusionere, så de bliver til blot fire enorme virksomheder. Jo større disse virksomheder bliver, desto sværere er de at kontrollere, og jo mindre kontrol vi har over dem, desto sværere er det at opbygge et alternativt madsystem; et madsystem, som flere og flere efterspørger. Nemlig et madsystem, der anerkender menneskers værdi, har respekt for planeten og leverer og sikrer anstændigt og værdigt arbejde. Hvordan skete det, og hvad kan vi gøre ved det?

    Download tegneserien som PDF her.

    Se hele litteraturlisten (på engelsk)her.

  13. A living countryside

    Jeannette Oppedijk van Veen, Leonardo van den Berg, Sijtse Jan Roeters, Jolke de Moel, Hanny van Geel
    17 April 2019
    Article

    Against the backdrop of an agrarian landscape that has become more homogenous, sterile and empty over the past 50 years, a new movement of Dutch farmers and citizens is emerging. They want to support a type of agriculture that does not damage the environment, enriches the life of farmers and citizens, and produces healthy food. This desire is expressed through a vast array of initiatives. It includes growers who allow citizens to undertake their harvesting, dairy farmers who plant trees and herbs in the field, cereal farmers who sell directly to local bakers, farms in which citizens become shareholders, and many more.

  14. Grond van Bestaan

    • Jeannette Oppedijk van Veen, Leonardo van den Berg, Sijtse Jan Roeters, Jolke de Moel, Hanny van Geel
    16 April 2019
    Paper

    In een agrarisch landschap dat in de afgelopen 50 jaar homogener, sterieler en leger is geworden, ontpoppen zich steeds meer initiatieven van boeren en burgers. Ze willen meer dan wordt aangedragen door overheden. Ze willen een landbouw die minder schadelijk is voor het milieu en die gezonder voedsel voortbrengt. Een landbouw die de natuur en het leven van boeren en burgers kan verrijken. Deze initiatieven zijn divers. Het zijn tuinders die burgers zelf laten oogsten, melk- veehouders die bomen en kruiden in de wei planten, akkerbouwers die direct aan lokale bakkers leveren, boerderijen waarin burgers aandeelhouders worden en meer.

  15. Refreshing Ideas: International peasant struggles

    18 April 2019 - Event

    Transnational Institute researchers give you a some insights into their work with a Q&A session. Sylvia Kay about the role of peasants and small scale food producers in the 21st century.

  16. Trends in small-scale fishery in Myanmar: Tenure rights and gender in Mon State and Tanintharyi Division

    • Maria Belen Angeles, Mads Barbesgaard, Jennifer Franco
    12 March 2019
    Paper

    “Fish is the world’s most traded food commodity, and Myanmar is on the cusp of becoming a major international source."

  17. Fishing for Gender Justice on Women´s Day

    FIAN International
    08 March 2019
    Declaration

    Fishing is still perceived as a predominantly male task despite the heavy workload of women.

  18. Castle rock wildfire.

    Betting on a crash – confronting those speculating on our future

    Nick Buxton
    06 February 2019
    Article

    The dark side of capitalism is that disruption, change and scarcity all provide avenues of profit for those willing to speculate on its consequences.

  19. Farm land bordering industrial area

    The agrarian question of the 21st century

    Alberto Alonso-Fradejas
    31 January 2019
    Article

    What are the implications of the rise of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) for agrarian and environmental transformations, worldwide and in the BRICS countries in particular? This is the main issue with which the BRICS Initiative for Critical Agrarian Studies (BICAS) has been concerned since 2013, when it was launched in Beijing by a collective of largely BRICS-based research institutions1.

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