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  1. Food production for profit illustration

    Growing power: Mega-Mergers and the fight for our food system

    • Katie Sandwell
    18 January 2019
    Book

    Giant corporations have taken control of our food. In the last two years, these companies have begun the process of merging and re-arranging themselves into just four colossal corporations. The larger these companies grow, the less we can control them. And the less control we have, the harder it is for us to build the kind of food system that more and more of us want: one that recognizes the value of people, respects the planet, and provides decent, dignified work. How did this happen, and what can we do about it?

    You can download the comic book here.

    See the reference list here.

  2. A landscape of ocean and land-control grabbing in Northern Tanintharyi, Myanmar

    • Mads Barbesgaard
    20 November 2018

    After a spout of optimism surrounding Myanmar’s so-called democratic transition in the post-2010 period, more recent work by CSOs and academics have emphasized the rampant and violent processes of land and ocean grabbing that this transition is facilitating. Drawing on a case from Northern Tanintharyi in the Southeast of the country, this article attempts to historicize contemporary accounts of these grabbing processes.

  3. Democracy not for sale

    • Stephan Backes , Jenny Gkiougki, Sylvia Kay, Charalampos Konstantinidis, Emily Mattheisen, Christina Sakali, Eirini Tzekou, Leonidas Vatikiotis, Pietje Vervest
    19 November 2018
    Report

    Austerity measures led to increased rural poverty and food insecurity in Greece and violated her people's human right to food. How did this happen and who is responsible?

  4. Populism from above and below: agriculture and the political ambiguities of the Workers’ Party in Brazil

    • Daniela Andrade
    03 July 2018
    Paper

    Brazil has recently undergone a shift from economic growth to recession, as well as from a left-wing, neo-developmentalist politics to one on the far-right, authoritarian and economically ultraliberal. Such an economic and political U-turn touched upon the countryside in contrasting ways. This paper reflects on the politics of the past. It suggests that the road to regression was paved during the tenure of the Worker’s Party (PT), when politics were considered both popular and progressive. And it was under the PT’s rule when the ‘rural world’ mattered the most for politics.

  5. Paradigm Trap

    • Walden Bello
    24 May 2018
    Report

    Can Myanmar take a path to sustainable development that avoids the pitfalls of the orthodox development paradigm? This report argues that this is not only necessary but possible.

  6. Decriminalise agro-forestry!

    • Oliver Springate-Baginski
    22 May 2018
    Primer

    Shifting cultivation is a form of agro-forestry in which the cultivation of annual agricultural crops is combined with fallowing long enough for trees to grow before the plot is cultivated again. Why is shifting cultivation so controversial, and why do different stake­holders hold such divergent views - for some a valuable and honourable tradition but for others virtually a criminal activity?

  7. Leveraging urban policy for food sovereignty and human rights

    • Paula Fernandez-Wulff, Christopher Yap
    08 May 2018
    Paper

    What do booming cities and urban processes mean for the future of food systems?

  8. Building social muscle to transform food systems

    • Zoe Brent
    12 April 2018
    Paper

    Using local public policy to create social change: what does history tell us?

  9. Public policies for food sovereignty

    • Sylvia Kay, Emily Mattheisen, Nora McKeon, Paola De Meo, Ana Moragues Faus
    21 March 2018
    Paper

    What is the political significance of leveraging public policies in support of food sovereignty?

  10. Authoritarian populism and the challenge to civil society

    • Kimberly Pfeifer, Martin Walsh, Nick Galasso
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    This paper looks into what roles international NGOs can play in an emancipatory rural politics.

  11. In the Chasm between Oil and Ag

    • Priya R. Chandrasekaran
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    The stretch from Bakersfield to Arvin, California in Kern County, California reveals a great deal about the role of “Big Ag” and “Big Oil” in the wave of authoritarian populism that brought Trump to political power in 2016.

  12. From cold war origins to the neoliberal order: Formation, trajectory and social base of Colombia's far-right

    • Kyla Sankey
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    How can Colombia's contemporary right-wing populism be traced back to the historical trajectories of its rural struggles?

  13. People and places left behind: Work, culture and politics in the rural United States

    • Cynthia M. Duncan, Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad
    17 March 2018
    Paper
    How does looking at the rural U.S. from a "three rural americas" perspective helps provide a more nuanced framework for understanding the role of rural residents in current national politics, and especially in the last election?
  14. Populism v. neoliberalism: Indigeneity, territorial rights, and hegemony in Honduras

    • Fernando Galeana Rodriguez
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    How has the “populist” administration of Zelaya and the “neoliberal” administrations of Lobo and Hernandez dealt with the question of territorial rights in Mosquitia?

  15. Revisiting power and powerlessness: Speculating West Virginia’s energy future and the externalities of the socioecologial fix

    • Dylan M. Harris, James McCarthy
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    Is external investment and dispossession in Appalachia a result of China's ‘socioecological fix’ to climatically precarious capitalist development?

  16. Into the void: The loss of governance in rural Mexico

    • César Suárez Ortiz
    17 March 2018
    Paper
    Why has populism remained an important political force within Mexico?
  17. Nostalgia and precarious placemaking in southern poultry worlds: Immigration, labour, and community building in rural northern Alabama

    • Brian Walter
    17 March 2018
    Paper

    How do white and Latinx community members in a rural Alabama town manage the tension between national and local, past and present discourses around race, community and belonging?

  18. Was it rural populism? Returning to the country, “catching up,” and trying to understand the Trump vote

    • Adam Jadhav
    17 March 2018
    Paper
    How does the sense of collective devastation resulting from changes in upper Midwest farming communities contribute to a political “empathy wall”?

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