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    Rural Democratisation: (Re)Framing rural poor political action

    • Jennifer Franco
    01 February 2008
    Paper

    With two-thirds of the world’s poor rural poor, rural democratisation is clearly relevant and urgent, but at the same time an especially difficult--and underestimated--challenge. If democracy is to be organically rooted in any society, the struggle to “get there” must systematically be opened up to integrate rural poor citizens system-wide, taking stock of their aspirations and, more importantly, their existing efforts to gain control of decision-making affecting their lives.

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    Competing views and strategies on agrarian reform

    • Jun Borras
    25 June 2008
    Book
    A detailed examination of the Philippine agrarian reform experience drawing lessons that are relevant to theory-building and to policy discourse and political actions in situations elsewhere.
  3. The FAO and its work on land policy and agrarian reform

    • Sofia Monsalve Suárez
    02 September 2008
    Book

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has a long history of work in the field of land policy and agrarian reform, playing a lead role in international co-operation from its founding up until the 1970s. From the 1990s on, the initiative in the design and development of land policies and agrarian reform has been taken up by the World Bank, with the FAO generally following its policies.

  4. EU Land Policy and the Right to Food

    • Pascal Bergeret
    23 December 2008
    Report

    In 2004 the EU Commission published EU Land Policy Guide-lines: Guidelines for Support to Land Policy Design and Land Policy Reform Process in Developing Countries. It proposes that steps be taken to allow the legal recognition of customary rights and to strengthen the institutional capacities of customary structures that enforce them.

  5. From rural livelihoods to agricultural growth

    • Lies Craeynest
    10 February 2009
    Paper

    This paper examines the policies and practices on land of the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom. After a market-led approach to land distribution in the 1980s, DFID made some changes towards a rights-based land policy, but this has since regressed.

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    Contemporary discourses and contestations around pro-poor land policies and land governance

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    12 January 2010
    Paper

    The concern for ‘pro-poor’ land policy has coincided with the mainstream promotion of efficient administration of land policies, leading to the concept of ‘land governance’. This paper aims at better understanding of contemporary policy discourses and political contestations around land and land governance.

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    The Politics of Transnational Agrarian Movements

    • Jun Borras
    12 October 2010
    Paper

    Transnational Agrarian Movements (TAMs) have emerged in the last decade, resisting and contesting unfair land policies; but how do they differ from region to region, and how do their ideological, political and institutional differences affect their relationship to international development agencies?

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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'.

  9. Olivier de Schutter: What is agroecological farming? And why should it be upscaled?

    Olivier de Schutter
    12 January 2012
    Multi-media

    The food crisis and the environmental crisis are two sides of one coin, so any solution to hunger and food security must also be sustainable and contribute to ecological integrity.

     
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    A ‘Land Sovereignty’ Alternative?

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    06 July 2012
    Report

    Land sovereignty is the right of working peoples to have effective access to, use of, and control over land and the benefits of its use and occupation, where land is understood as resource, territory, and landscape.

  11. Positive Land Investment Alternatives

    • Sylvia Kay
    21 July 2012
    Paper

    Much touted "land investment" involves appropriation or landgrabbing. What positive alternative investments should public policy support which would strengthen the right to food, re-valorise agricultural work, and build up ecological capital?

  12. The Global Land Grab

    11 October 2012
    Primer

    A concise and indispensable critical guide to the global phenomenon of land grabbing. Find out how the global land grab is justified, what is driving it, why transparency and guidelines won't stop it, and learn about alternatives that could enable people and communities to regain control of their land and territories.

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    Global Tree Plantation Expansion

    • Markus Kröger
    16 October 2012
    Paper

    The expansion of tree plantations and non-food crops is frequently left out of analysis on land grabbing, but is a crucial part of the picture. This paper provides an up-to-date review of tree plantations worldwide and summarises the latest research and data on their impact.

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    Competing political tendencies in global governance of land grabbing

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras, Chunyu Wang
    14 December 2012
    Paper

    Three political tendencies have emerged in response to land grabbing that are shaping the global debate and the potential future trajectory of land governance.

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    Occupy the Farm

    • Antonio Roman-Alcalá
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    Using the case study of the 2012 illegal occupation of farmland owned by the University of California (“Occupy the Farm”), this paper investigates the promises and practical limits of constructing food sovereignty through direct action in the global North. Many grassroots activists find inspiration in the work of the Landless Peasant Movement (MST), La Via Campesina, and the concept(s) of Food Sovereignty (FS); many also express desires to transcend the market/state dichotomy through the creation of “commons”.

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    Rethinking investment dynamics: An alternative framework of the global land rush

    01 January 2013
    Paper

    Despite growing interest in “land grabbing,” the literature remains biased in several key ways, failing to capture the full diversity of land investments that have occurred in the last decade.

  17. A ‘Veritable Revolution’

    • Moritz Tenthoff, Ross Eventon
    01 February 2013
    Policy briefing

    This report looks into the new land restitution law, which Santos portrays as integral to Colombia’s ‘veritable revolution’, against the backdrop of agrarian policy in Colombia historically.

  18. 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.

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    A Landmark Victory for Justice: Biowatch’s Battle with the South African State and Monsanto

    • David Fig, Rachel Wynberg
    07 May 2013
    Book

    Published by  Biowatch South Africa, this is a book about access to information, the right to know, and action in the public’s interest – a must-read for anyone campaigning for environmental or social justice.

  20. Access Denied: Land Rights and Ethnic Conflict in Burma

    • Burma Centrum Netherlands
    08 May 2013
    Policy briefing

    The new land and investment laws benefit large corporate investors and not small- holder farmers, especially in ethnic minority regions, and do not take into account land rights of ethnic communities.

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