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  1. Paradigm Trap

    • Walden Bello
    24 May 2018
    Report

    Is it possible for Myanmar to take a path to sustainable development that would avoid the pitfalls of the orthodox development paradigm? This report argues that this is not only necessary but possible.

  2. 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?

  3. Flex Crops: A Primer

    • Jun Borras, Jennifer Franco, S. Ryan Isakson, Les Levidow, Pietje Vervest, Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira, Mindi Schneider, Ben McKay, Sérgio Sauer, Ben Richardson, Roman Herre, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Juan Liu, Tania Salerno, Yunan Xu, Markus Kröger
    14 May 2018
    Paper

    What is a flex crop, and what does this mean for food, land, climate, and people?

  4. 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?

  5. The Third Great Depression and rise of the far-right

    Burak Gürel
    01 May 2018
    Article

    In Turkey the Islamist right garners support in rural areas by promoting social welfare and subsidy programmes. The left needs to put farmers and workers at the centre of class-based struggle.

  6. Criminalisation of environmental harm

    Katerina Gladkova
    23 April 2018
    Article

    The joint report produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTERPOL in 2016 paints a rather grim picture of the extent of environmental crime worldwide. It identifies it as the fourth largest criminal enterprise globally, right behind drug smuggling, counterfeiting, and human trafficking. Two questions are worth pondering here: to quote George Monbiot, how did we get into this mess and what can we do about it?

  7. Video: Fishing for food sovereignty

    16 April 2018
    Multi-media

    Industrial fishing, from deep sea trawling to coastal fish farms, is damaging the environment and emptying our oceans. But there is an alternative. Small-scale fishers around the world rely on traditional methods and practices, working in harmony with the environment to feed themselves and their communities. Around the world they are rallying around the idea of food sovereignty and the vision of a global food system with with food producers and human rights at its center.

  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. ‘Authoritarian corpopulism’ supports the rise of sugarcane and oil palm agribusinesses in Guatemala

    Alberto Alonso-Fradejas
    04 April 2018
    Article

    ‘Authoritarian corpopulism’ relies on persuasion and selective violence, cloaked in the rule of law and backed by the state, to advance big business agriculture and resource extraction.

  10. 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?

  11. Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World

    15 March 2018
    Press release

    On March 17th and 18th, more than 250 scholars, activists, practitioners, and policymakers—representing more than 60 countries from diverse parts of the world—will gather at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague to share views and insights on the rise of authoritarian populism and its effects. This resurgence of exclusionary politics—particularly manifested in the countryside—is generating deepening inequalities, jobless 'growth', climate chaos, and social division.

  12. ERPI 2018 Conference Papers: International

    15 March 2018
    Article

    In preparation for the ERPI 2018 Conference: "Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World", we have compiled a set of papers submitted by researchers and scholars across the world.

  13. State, corporate and chiefly power is being contested from below in South Africa

    Ruth Hall
    15 March 2018
    Article

    What is the transformative potential that emerges from these struggles around land?

  14. Land as central in the struggle of Mindanawons (1950’s to the present)

    • Faina C. Abaya-Ulindang, Lloyd B. Ranises
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    Mindanao island is long considered as the Philippines’ backwater and a peace and order problem; what are the causes of insurgency in this area?

  15. Bovine nationalism

    • Dr. Lavanya Suresh
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    The 2016 death of J. Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamil Nadu and head of the ruling party, destabilised a two-party dominated system of elections. How has this led to the political turmoil and new kind of populism that has arisen in the state since?

  16. Contested spaces, political practices, and Hindutva: Spatial upheaval and authoritarian populism in Noida, India

    • Ritanjan Das, Nilotpal Kumar, Praveen Priyadarshi
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    This paper explores if and how the dynamic of authoritarian populism relates to concrete spaces – as already produced through the process of accumulation – from the grounded vantage of Noida, a city adjacent to New Delhi.

  17. Communalism as discourse: Exploring power/knowledge in Gujarat riots of 2002

    • Siddharth Dhote
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    This paper looks at communalism as a discourse, rather than using causal-based explanations, to understand how knowledge around communal issues are maintained and circulated through various institutions and practices to serve the interest of those in power.

  18. Rural roots of the rise of the Justice and Development Party in Turkey

    • Burak Gürel , Bermal Küçük, Sercan Taş
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    This paper analyzes the rural roots of Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party's political power in Turkey and provides an alternative to existing explanations, by identifying its material basis.

  19. Authoritarian and paternalism in Indonesian peasant cooperative

    • Ciptaningrat Larastiti
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    This paper examines the dilemmas of a former plantation workers’ cooperative attempting to develop an egalitarian and self-managed agrarian community in the face of persistent military influence in Indonesian’s rural areas.

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