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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.

  4. Sons and Daughters of the Earth

    • Food First, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas
    16 April 2013
    Policy briefing

    In the face of violent dispossession and incorporation into an exploitative labor regime, indigenous peasant families in northern Guatemala are struggling to access land and defend their resources as the basis of their collective identity.

  5. Governing the Global Land Grab

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras, Chunyu Wang
    19 June 2013
    Policy briefing

    The rise of flex crops—crops with multiple uses across food, feed, fuel and industrial complexes—has far-reaching implications for global land governance.
     

  6. Report condemns EU push for biomass-fuelled 'green economy' at Rio+20

    Daniel Hunter
    19 June 2012
    In the media

    EU plans to promote the replacement of fossil fuels with biomass could lead to hunger and environmental devastation, according to a report released by the World Development Movement and the Transnational Institute.

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    Agrofuels

    02 July 2007
    Report
  8. Flex trees

    • Markus Kröger
    20 June 2014
    Report

    Flex trees seem to offer timely opportunities for socio-environmentally sustainable solutions, but also present dangers, particularly if such changes accelerate the concentration of land and plantation-based development, whereby forests compete with and may replace food production.

  9. The Global Land Grab Debate

    15 June 2010
    Article

    Global land grabbing has hit the media headlines and sparked fierce debate about how to both analyse the problem and possible solutions for preventing further dispossession.

  10. The Politics of Flexing Soybeans in China and Brazil

    • Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira, Mindi Schneider
    15 September 2014
    Report

    The trajectories of soy developments in Brazil and China are related despite moving largely in opposite directions.

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  12. The Politics of Sugarcane flexing in Brazil and beyond

    • Ben McKay, Sérgio Sauer, Ben Richardson, Roman Herre
    15 September 2014
    Report

    Flex crops, spread over greater expanses of land, are increasingly interlinked through international exchange in food, feed and fuel. Brazilian exports of sugarcane ethanol to the US are in part influenced by the domestic US production of maize ethanol, which in turn is shaped by the price of feed and the soybean supply.

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    Towards a Broader View of the Politics of Global Land Grabbing

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    15 June 2010
    The spectre of a global land grab by foreign transnationals has captured media attention, but perhaps the bigger danger lies in the response by institutions like the World Bank, whose supposedly ameliorative measures are likely to entrench dispossession rather than prevent it.
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    Militant Brazilian Opposition to Bush-Lula Ethanol Accords

    Roger Burbach, Isabella Kenfield
    21 March 2007
    Article
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  16. The Politics of Flex crops and Commodities

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras, Pietje Vervest, S. Ryan Isakson, Les Levidow
    20 June 2014
    Report

    Flex crops are crops that can be used for food, feed, fuel or industrial material. Their emergence as critical global commodities is integral to understanding today's agroindustrial economy. 

  17. The Sugarcane Industry and the global economic crisis

    • Maria Luisa Mendonça, Fabio T. Pitta, Carlos Vinicius Xavier
    18 July 2013
    Paper

    An examination of ethanol production in Brazil, highlighting the role of financial capital, the territorial expansion of agribusiness and the impacts on labour relations and indigenous peoples and peasant farmers.

  18. SOTU: Parsing Obama's 'Clean Energy' Promises

    03 February 2011
    Article

    Is there such a thing as clean coal, gas and nuclear power? What is the actual meaning of clean energy as mentioned by Obama in his State of the Union speech? And will it have any effect on climate change? 

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    Renewables Directive: agrofuel target is ‘irresponsible and unsustainable’

    23 January 2008
    Article

    The European Commission’s draft EU Renewable Energy Directive, published today, ignores numerous recent warnings on the environmental and social damage of its proposed 10 per cent target for agrofuel use in the transport sector by 2020.

  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.

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