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  1. Confronting authoritarian populism: the rural dimension

    Ian Scoones, Jun Borras, Lyda Fernanda Forero, Ruth Hall, Marc Edelman, Wendy Wolford, Benjamin White
    31 January 2018
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    Religion, gender dynamics, place and cultural identity – all inform rising authoritarian populism in rural areas, alongside class interests and inequalities. Mobilising alternatives to capture by regressive political forces is not straightforward.

  2. Call for papers: The future of food and challenges for agriculture in the 21st century

    13 December 2016
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    A call for papers and proposals for workshops as part of the annual colloquium on food and agriculture to be held in 2017 April 24th / 26th in Basque Country. 

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    Voedsel Anders Conference 2016: A Personal Impression

    Katie Sandwell
    15 March 2016
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    In February 2016 the second Voedsel Anders conference brought people together to build new connections and relationships within the food movement in the Netherlands, Belgium, and around the world, and to begin working towards a shared agenda and strategy for the movement. Over a thousand participants, some returning and some attending for the first time, gathered in Wageningen to discuss food system problems and solutions, plant the seeds of new ideas, build new connections, and grow the movement. 

  4. Global Governance/Politics, Climate Justice & Agrarian/Social Justice: Linkages and Challenges

    18 November 2015
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    The convergence of multiple crises – food, energy, environmental, climate change and finance – in combination with the rise of important global political economic players has triggered profound agrarian and environmental transformations worldwide. There is a global rush to control natural resources in order to produce food, fuel, and energy for climate change mitigation and adaptation purposes; partly as a result of  financialization of agriculture, nature, food systems and farmland. How does one govern such complex and fluid ‘value webs’?

  5. Ocean grabbing: a new wave of enclosures

    Carsten Pedersen, Mads Barbesgaard
    21 October 2014
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    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.

  6. Small Farms Can Feed the World

    Hilal Elver
    14 October 2014
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    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.

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

    Nafeez Ahmed
    23 September 2014
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    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.

  8. Land Grabbing: Perspectives from East and Southeast Asia

    03 September 2014
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    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.

  9. 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.

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    Videos: Food Sovereignty Colloquium 2013

    26 February 2014
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    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.

  11. Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue

    14 October 2013
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    The concept of food sovereignty has exploded in the agrarian studies literature over the past decade, the aim of this critical dialogue was to explore whether or not the subject of food sovereignty has any intellectual future in critical agrarian studies, and if so, on what terms.

  12. Land grabbing through a food security lens

    Gloria Pracucci
    18 April 2013
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    Out of the kaleidoscope of different angles through which land grab can be analysed, the one elevating food security – and food sovereignty – as a crucial concern is amongst the most engaging and the less inquired, especially in its intertwining with policy elaboration.

  13. Turning Points: Is a Different Future Possible?

    John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
    14 April 2011
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    With the citizen-backed blockage of a proposed aluminum smelter, is Trinidad and Tobago changing course toward a rooted future?

  14. Food shouldn't be a pokerchip

    Sarah Anderson
    15 November 2010
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    Excessive speculating makes for yo-yoing corn prices, pushing millions of people into hunger, while big-time gamblers exit in a stampede as soon as the price bubble threatens to pop.

  15. Food Wars

    Walden Bello, Mara Baviera
    08 July 2009
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    In 2006–08, food shortages became a global reality, with the prices of commodities spiraling beyond the reach of vast numbers of people. International agencies were caught flatfooted, with the World Food Program warning that its rapidly diminishing food stocks might not be able to deal with the emergency.

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    Land, Rural Social Movements and Democratisation in Indonesia

    Dianto Bachriadi
    30 June 2009
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    Although support from urban-based students and activists was important, the rural protest in Indonesia during President Suharto's regime was built on continued protest and organisation around land issues.

  17. The global food price crisis - a critique of orthodox perspectives

    30 June 2009
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    Capitalist industrial agriculture, with its wrenching destabilisation and transformation of land, nature, and social relations is responsible for today's food crises, argues Walden Bello.
     
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    CARPER: latest chapter in agri reform battle

    Walden Bello
    23 June 2009
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    whether Philippines' Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law becomes truly a vehicle for advancing reform will depend on whether pro-reform forces can create, at the local level, the critical political mass involving farmers, progressive elements at the Department of Agrarian Reform, the Church, and other groups that would overcome the rearguard actions of the landed class to delay the inevitable.
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    Pro-Poor Policy Reforms and Governance in State/Public Lands:

    Jennifer Franco
    17 June 2009
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    This paper attempts to specify the key criteria of a ‘pro-poor land policy’ and ‘truly democratic land governance’ concerning state/public lands, using the lessons from activist databases, including that of the international human rights organization Foodfirst Information and Action Network (FIAN).

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