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  1. Pietje Vervest

    Profile
    Programmes Director

    Pietje Vervest is an economic anthropologist. She has specialised in the European Union's trade and investment agenda and in the international investment regime. At TNI she coordinates the Economic Justice Programme and the Myanmar in Focus Programme, is part of the Coordination Group of the Seattle to Brussels network and is the European anchor of the Asia-Europe People's Forum.  

  2. Social and environmental impacts of sugarcane production in Brazil

    • Carlos Vinicius Xavier, Fabio T. Pitta, Maria Luisa Mendonça
    18 November 2011
    Report

    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

  3. The Green Economy: the Wolf in Sheep’s clothing

    • Edgardo Lander
    06 December 2011
    Policy briefing

    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.

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

    • Jun Borras, Jennifer Franco, Cristobal Kay, Max Spoor
    07 December 2011
    Report

    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.

  5. Globalising Hunger

    • Thomas Fritz
    12 October 2011
    Report

    While the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) persists with its central focus of fostering competitiveness and exports of European agribusiness, it will continue to undermine small-scale farming and create greater food insecurity in the global South.

     
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    Agricultural Innovation: Sustaining what agriculture? For what European bio-economy?

    • Jennifer Franco, Lucia Goldfarb, David Fig, Les Levidow, S.M.Oreszczyn et al.
    23 February 2011
    Report

    The Europe 2020 strategy's promotion of resource-efficient technologies and market incentives as the solution for sustainable agriculture is contradicted by experience where techno-fixes and market pressures have increased overall demand on resources.

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    Political Dynamics of Land-grabbing in Southeast Asia: Understanding Europe's Role

    • Jun Borras, Jennifer Franco
    18 January 2011
    Report

    The European Union is a significant player in the widespread occurrence of land-grabbing in Southeast Asia; both through its corporate sector and public policies.

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

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    15 December 2011
    Paper

    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.

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    The Agrarian Roots of Violent Conflict

    • Jun Borras, Sietze Vellema, Fransisco Lara
    29 June 2011
    Paper

    Conflict in Southern Philippines is caused as much by agrarian economics and politics as ethnic and religious differences.

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    The Many Faces of the Investor Rush in Southern Africa

    • Ruth Hall
    24 March 2011
    Paper

    This working paper reviews the latest experiences of land grabbing in Southern Africa, detailing questions of scale and duration, initiation, negotiation processes, production sectors, employment, natural resource use and more.

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

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    25 October 2011
    Paper

    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'.

  12. The Politics of Agrofuels and Mega-land and Water deals

    • David Fig, Jun Borras, Sofia Monsalve Suárez
    29 June 2011

    The Procana Bioethanol project in Mozambique is a clear example of how agrofuel investments contribute rather than mitigate climate change, and are often accompanied by dispossession and impoverishment caused by landgrabbing.

  13. The road to Rio+20: The Green Economy Debate

    Praful Bidwai, Olivier Hoedeman, Gonzalo Berrón, Yao Graham
    30 June 2011
    Multi-media

    June 2012 will see a 20 year review of the famous 1992 Rio Earth Summit. The buzzword for the Rio+20 conference is "green economy" but what does this mean in practice?

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    Landgrabs, conflict and the agro-industrial complex

    Jun Borras
    22 June 2011
    Multi-media

    The latest research on landgrabbing exposes the myth of 'reserve agricultural land' and highlights the new economic players  behind the latest wave of dispossession across the South.

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    European trade policy and the food crisis in Africa

    Dot Keet
    12 May 2011
    Multi-media

    Dot Keet explains how IMF and World Bank policies have brought about the current food crisis in Africa, and why food sovereignty and local production are necessary to secure long term food security.

  16. The global resource grab

    Jun Borras, Maryann Manahan, Yao Graham
    30 June 2011
    Multi-media

    Worsening climate change and the emergence of new economic powers is leading to a renewed scramble for resources, with negative consequences for many impoverished communities.

  17. Time to be honest

    Tim DeChristopher
    02 June 2011

    A US activist caused consternation among oil executives when he wrecked an auction of oil and gas leases in Utah in November 2008. Now he is causing an even bigger stir in the environmental movement.

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    Protect people's lands, water and forests

    11 October 2011
    Declaration

     CSOs remind all governments of their immense responsibilities in reaching an agreement on one of the most pressing issues of our time.

  19. Bolivia right to reject Cancun climate farce

    Simon Butler
    03 February 2011
    In the media

    Bolivia alone stood up to the world at December’s UN climate conference in Cancun, Mexico; daring to reject the flawed agreement endorsed by 191 other nations.

  20. The Coming Global Food Fight

    John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
    07 March 2011
    Article

    As anger mounts in response to rising global food prices, small-scale farms rooted in local markets are showing how to avert international disaster and lead the way to "food democracy."

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