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  1. ‘There is no voice of real farmers’

    Portia Larlee
    11 December 2014
    Article

    The release of the draft policy, part of a process towards enacting a new National Land Law and “harmonising” existing legislation, was greeted with objections and criticism from farmers’ organisations and ethnic minority groups throughout the country.

  2. The draft land use policy: putting big business first

    Jennifer Franco
    11 December 2014
    Article

    There are some big problems with the current draft of the policy and they stem mainly from its failure to recognise that land has more than an economic function.

  3. Fighting The New Green War

    Praful Bidwai
    10 December 2014
    Article

    A distinguishing mark of the Narendra Modi government is the determined and methodical manner in which it is diluting, even scuttling, India’s already weak environmental regulation system in the name of promoting “fast-track clearances” and rapid industrial development.

  4. The Canada-EU Trade Deal Could Unleash a Corporate Litigation Boom

    27 November 2014
    Article

    A new Canada-EU trade deal, called the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), could expose Canada and Europe to a wave of corporate lawsuits that would restrict governments’ power to regulate in the public interest—including in confronting climate change.

  5. Reclaiming People’s Sovereignty in an era of Corporate Power

    Brid Brennan
    26 November 2014
    Article

    Despite the track record of systemic and systematic violations of the range of human rights, the efforts to establish legally binding obligations and an instrument of enforcement within the UN system have been defeated by determined corporate opposition. The current Guiding Principles developed by the former Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, John Ruggie, do not create "any new international legal obligations" and are therefore non-binding.

  6. Marine Protected Areas in South Africa - ocean grabbing by another name

    Timothé Feodoroff, Mads Christian Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen
    24 November 2014
    Article

    On World Fisheries Day, fisher peoples and their allies are taking to the streets and beaches to fight against ocean grabbing in all its forms - including Marine Protected Areas imposed without consultation that rob and criminalise local communities and benefit only privileged outsiders.

  7. Ocean grabbing: a new wave of enclosures

    Carsten Pedersen, Mads Christian Barbesgaard
    21 October 2014
    Article

    Not only are the small-scale fisher communities best placed to ensure food sovereignty, but they are also the starting point for any serious transition towards an ecologically and socially just food regime. We need a revolution to bring the oceans back into the global commons.

  8. A Peoples' vision for a just and inclusive Asia and Europe

    16 October 2014
    Article

    One week before the official Asia-Europe government meeting (ASEM) gathers in Milan, over 400 people from 42 countries in Europe and Asia gathered at the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples forum (AEPF) to present their demands and recommendations.

  9. Small Farms Can Feed the World

    Hilal Elver
    14 October 2014
    Article

    Much of agricultural policy is rooted in a view that considers small farms as inefficient. Efficiency and productivity in agriculture, it is argued, can only be delivered by consolidating land, using advanced technology, investing in large-scale irrigation and massive fertilization, and encouraging monoculture in big-scale farms.

  10. Keep Sombath’s vision alive: Keynote speech by Shui Meng Ng at AEPF10

    13 October 2014
    Article

    Two years ago, at the 9th AEPF,  Sombath Somphone gave the keynote speech at the opening session of the Forum in Vientiane. Two months after this vibrant AEPF in Laos he disappeared.  This year his wife Shui Meng Ng gave the keynote speech, to remind us of Sombath's vision.

  11. UN: only small Farmers and Agroecology can feed the World

    Nafeez Ahmed
    23 September 2014
    Article

    Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using 'agroecological' methods, according to Hilal Elver,  UN's Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Her call coincides with a new agroecology initiative within the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.

  12. Land Grabbing: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia

    03 September 2014
    Article

    A call for papers that offer rigorous and innovative analysis to continue deepening and broadening our understanding of global land deals – in specific regional context, with special attention to climate change and the role of China and other middle income countries within the region.

  13. Global Food Security needs States to Ally with Family Farmers

    Sylvia Kay
    09 July 2014
    Article

    There are an estimated 500 million smallholder farms in the developing world which provide livelihoods for 2 billion people and produce about 80% of the food consumed in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. It is these small farmers who truly contribute to global food security.

  14. How the government is smothering dissident NGOs

    Praful Bidwai
    23 June 2014
    Article

    Muzzling NGOs is unbecoming of a democracy. Self-confident democracies encourage, indeed applaud, the involvement of citizens’ associations, including NGOs, in social and political decision-making and development planning. Instead, our paranoid government bullies and terrorises them

  15. The State of Land in Europe

    17 April 2014
    Article

    While the overall amount of agricultural land in Europe is shrinking, it is also becoming increasingly concentrated in a few large landholdings and in the hands of relatively few big private business entities.

  16. World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP)

    Troubled waters of ocean governance under scrutiny

    Jennifer Franco, Timothé Feodoroff
    14 April 2014
    Article

    TNI's Agrarian Justice team reiterates the hazardous consequences of current ocean governance and policy frameworks, which have been repeatedly raised by social movements representing fisher people at the Global Oceans Action Summit.

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    Videos: Food Sovereignty Colloquium 2013

    26 February 2014
    Article

    Hundreds of academics and activists from around the world gathered to critically discuss the contested concept of Food Sovereignty.  We gathered a selection of videos that elaborate key debates about the intellectual and political future of Food Sovereignty, and seek to address particularly the question of the concept’s intellectual future in the field of critical agrarian studies.

  18. Call for Proposals

    13 January 2014
    Article

    BICAS calls for proposals for small research grants on BRICS and MICs in their regions; BRICS and MICs in relation to the old hubs of global capital; China in Focus.

  19. Project on climate change, land grabbing and resource conflict

    13 January 2014
    Article

    TNI's Agrarian Justice Work Area and TNI's Burma Project are starting a major research on climate change mitigation policies, land grabbing and conflict in Burma and Cambodia, 2014-2017.

  20. The rise of BRICS and its implications for global agrarian transformations

    13 January 2014
    Article

    The Transnational Institute (TNI) -- through its Agrarian Justice work area -- is starting a major research on the rise of BRICS and middle income countries (MICs) and its implications for global agrarian transformations, with special attention to Chinese investments in Southeast Asia in collaboration with several universities.