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  1. Agrofuels update

    Helena Paul, Econexus
    25 October 2013
    Article

    EU agrofuels policy is having serious impacts on biodiversity, food provision and the livelihoods and food sovereignty of local communities in the global South and in the EU itself, as well as on climate change. Yet we seem locked into it because of lobbying by industry coupled with EU government collusion, delay and confusion.

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    Environmental Justice News

    aleksej
    25 January 2007
    Article

    Environmental Justice News

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    'Need for a new social alliance'

    Susan George
    04 June 2008
    Article

    The market ideology works to separate people on a competition basis, and our task is to bring people together and build alliances to defend their interests, says Susan George.

  4. Biofuels production in Uruguay: an exception that proves the rule?

    11 December 2012
    Article

    The Uruguayan state-owned biofuels enterprise ALUR challenges many assumptions about the societal implications of biofuels production, as it supports local livelihoods, protects the environment, and is rooted in principles of social inclusion and national sovereignty.

  5. Agrofuels and the right to food in Latin America

    • Sofía Monsalve et al.
    26 May 2008

    The possible impact of agrofuels on the human right to adequate food for the most oppressed and marginalised social groups must be considered prior to applying policies and programmes that encourage the production, investment and trade of agrofuels.

  6. 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.

  7. Is water the hidden agenda of land acquisition in Africa?

    P. Woodhouse, A. S. Ganho
    11 October 2011
    Article

    Implicit in the global land grab is the potential for a major water grab. A study of sub-Saharan Africa raises concerns that  large-scale commercial agriculture could cause unforeseen but disproportionate impacts on access to water by small-scale producers.

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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.

  9. 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.

  10. Agrofuel Crops

    • Jennifer Franco, Lucia Goldfarb, David Fig, Luisa Mendonca, Les Levidow, Mireille Hoenicke
    06 April 2010
    Report

    In recent years, there has been renewed interest in developing agrofuels on a large scale as an alternative to fossil fuel. EU biofuels policy, in particular, assumes that the environmental impacts associated with agrofuels production will be largely beneficial. This study questions such optimistic assumptions.

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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.

  12. Bibliography on biofuels, land rights and global land grabbing

    24 October 2012
    Article

    Want to hit the ground running on the issues of biofuels, land rights in Africa and the global land grab? Here are some excellent reading suggestions. 

  13. 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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    Fuelling the debate

    01 February 2008
    In the media
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    Agrofuels - Another Scramble for Africa?

    Trusha Reddy
    20 September 2007
    Article
    Just as we begin to come to terms with the colonially-sponsored corporate conquest of our oil resources, along comes a new wave of ‘green’ companies turning fertile African lands to Northern ‘gold’.
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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.

  17. 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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    Fellows meeting 2008

    19 June 2008
  19. 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.

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    Destroying African agriculture

    Walden Bello
    04 June 2008
    Article
    Biofuel production did not create, but only exacerbated the global food crisis that had been building up for years, as policies promoted by the World Bank, IMF, and WTO encouraged the conversion of economies that are largely food-self-sufficient into chronic food importers.

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