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    Putting people before profits: opening speech for EA4

    Susan George
    27 May 2010
    Multi-media

    "The banks are ours!" Public money was used to bail out the banks, and now they are lending back to the public at interest, while governments ignore the social and environmental crises that confront society. It is time to demand real solutions that will work not only for the sake of the economy but for the lives and conditions of people on whom it depends.

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    Deep green

    Tamra Gilbertson
    01 May 2007
    Article
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    Water Grabbing

    Maryann Manahan
    30 June 2011
    Multi-media

    With hedge funds making bids for melting glaciers, there is a danger at a time of multiple crises of a renewed push for commodification of water that will affect those who can't pay.

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    Making Land Rights Accessible:

    Jennifer Franco
    01 April 2006
    Article
  5. ‘Food Sovereignty in Practice’ training weekend

    11 June 2016 - Event

    We welcome you to participate in the training weekend ‘Food Sovereignty in Practice’, an inspiring exchange of alternatives to our current food system. It will take place on the organic farm Buitenverwachting near Leiden and is meant for both students, practitioners and (prospective) farmers who are interested in movement building and deepening their knowledge of food sovereignty, agroecology, urban food systems and the human right to food.

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    Land, Rural Social Movements and Democratisation in Indonesia

    Dianto Bachriadi
    30 June 2009
    Article

    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.

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    Rural social movements and their historical contribution for building democracy in Brazil

    Sérgio Sauer
    01 December 2008
    Article

    Brazil has not experienced any sort of major agrarian reform since then, but dozens of rural movements have been organised and hundreds of thousands of landless peasants have acquired the right of access to land (especially through settlement projects) as a result of these social movements’ struggles. After so many years of fighting and popular mobilisation, what are these movements’ contributions to building rural democracy? This study seeks to understand this process by evaluating social movements’ alliances (both rural and urban alliances) and evaluating their relationships with political parties, especially with the Workers Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores – PT) and with the Brazilian Federal Government.

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    Developing Food Policy

    16 April 2010 - Event
  9. Responding to Land Grabbing and Promoting Responsible Investment in Agriculture

    Harold Liversage
    15 June 2010
    Article

    Harold Liversage, the Land Tenure Adviser for the International Fund for Agricultural Development argues that responsible investment in agriculture is possible if voluntary guidelines are backed up by an empowered civil society.

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    Zimbabwe's land reform ten years on: new study dispels the myths

    Ian Scoones, Blasio Mavedzenge
    22 November 2010
    Article

    Since Mugabe initiated a more aggressive land reform programme in Zimbabwe in 2000, the accepted wisdom was that it had been an unmitigated disaster. A new ten-year detailed study of one province in Zimbabwe challenges this view.

  11. 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.

  12. Remove the smokescreen

    Praful Bidwai
    21 October 2010
    Article

    The Indian Prime Minister's call to "go easy" on environmental regulation for fear of scaring off investors follows the flawed ideology that industrial development is the answer to poverty, when actually India's acute environmental deterioration should be the much greater concern.

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    Programme of the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal, May 2010

    13 May 2010
    Article

    Programme and background to Peoples' Tribunal on "Neoliberal Policies and European Transnational Corporations (TNCs) in Latin America and the Caribbean”.

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    Landless Rural Workers Confront Brazil’s Lula

    Isabella Kenfield
    18 June 2007
    Article
  15. Food shouldn't be a pokerchip

    Sarah Anderson
    15 November 2010
    Article

    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.

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    Rural democratisation in Mexico’s deep south

    Jonathan Fox, Carlos García Jiménez, Libby Haight
    01 December 2008
    Article

    Has political regime change led to changes in state-society relations? This study begins to address this question by analysing rural movement efforts to exercise newly-won citizen rights. The specific focus is on rural civil society initiatives to use the “right to know” as a tool to bolster long-standing campaigns to build self-managed, community-based economic development institutions, to bolster peasant influence over the policy process, to defend human rights, and to respect indigenous rights.

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    Local politics and the sustainability of rural life

    UNAC Rural Democratisation Research Team
    01 December 2008
    Article

    To be a strong peasant movement in a place like Chokwe, Mozambique requires going beyond ambiguous compromises to develop collective political thinking and to develop the capacity to use political power in ways that ensure that governmental and non-governmental organisations that help the peasantry act in line with what peasants wish and need.

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    Retrograde shift

    Praful Bidwai
    02 October 2010
    Article

    Manmohan Singh is intent on shifting Congress and UPA politics rightwards. Whether and how Sonia Gandhi resists this will determine the Congress' future.

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    Dominant tendencies of our days. Is our time running out?

    Edgardo Lander
    01 January 2007
    Article
  20. When world recession knocks at the door it's time to change

    Marcos Arruda
    13 October 2010
    Article

    Since economic growth dependent on fossil fuels cannot persist, we must challenge the financial market ideology which continues to take precedence over human well being and the evironment.

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