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  1. The twin challenge of agrarian and climate justice

    • Jun Borras, Jennifer Franco, Clara Mi Young Park, Mads Christian Barbesgaard, Yukari Sekine, Ye Lin Myint, Thant Zin
    02 March 2018

    Dominant approaches to climate change mitigation are putting new pressures on small farmers and village dwellers, justifying dispossession by powerful actors who cast villagers' traditional ways of life as ecologically destructive or economically inefficient. In order to address the twin challenges of agrarian justice and climate justice, it is critical to understand the way new conflicts and initiatives intersect with old conflicts and the way they are compounded by undemocratic settings, and inequality and division along fault-lines of gender, ethnicity, class, and generation.

  2. Agrarian climate justice: Imperative and opportunity

    • Jun Borras, Jennifer Franco
    21 February 2018

    Global pressure on land and natural resources is mounting, with mainstream narratives about climate change often intensifying pressure to replace so-called "inefficient" users of land, including small farmers and pastoralists with market-based dynamics and actors. This dynamic makes the pursuit of socially just land policy ever more important and urgent, while at the same time creating new challenges. The fundamental connections and tensions between agrarian and climate justice must be reckoned with, and movements on both sides must deepen their understanding.

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    Tourism and Land Grabbing in Bali

    • Ruben Rosenberg Colorni
    09 February 2018

    The island of Bali is home to a rich and unique system of agriculture, based around traditional water management systems developed over the last 1200 years. However, growing pressure from the expansion of the tourist trade as well as the effects of climate change are putting these systems at risk. Farmers are fighting to preserve their livelihoods and maintain a base for local food sovereignty in Bali, but significant changes to policy and practice are needed to protect their rights to land, water, and seed.

  4. Confronting authoritarian populism: the rural dimension

    Ian Scoones, Jun Borras, Lyda Fernanda Forero, Ruth Hall, Marc Edelman, Wendy Wolford, Benjamin White
    31 January 2018

    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.

  5. No TAV: feeding the fire of resistance in northern Italy

    Frank Barat
    21 November 2017

    The decades-old struggle of the No TAV movement in northern Italy is an inspiration to environmentalist and anti-capitalist movements worldwide.

  6. Confronting authoritarian populism: challenges for agrarian studies

    Ian Scoones
    08 November 2017

    In this article, Ian Scoones discusses the implications and challenges for how we think about agrarian issues in the context of authoritarian populism.

  7. Country Report on South Africa

    27 September 2017

    This research unpacks the experiences of a small-scale fishing community who face different struggles as a result of governance structures impinging on their fishing rights and food sovereignty.

  8. Land Grabbing and Human Rights

    • FIAN International
    22 May 2017

    With business self-regulation and corporate social responsibility schemes proving to be insufficient for addressing land grabbing-related human rights issues, a new publication points to the obligation of the EU and its Member States to implement a set of policy regulations.

  9. Call for proposals on insights in authoritarian populism and the rural world

    16 May 2017

    ERPI is starting a Working Paper series, supported by a limited number of small grants, to allow for the writing up of original research. In parallel they are inviting short contributions in a variety of media that help to map out responses and alternatives. The Initiative will hold a major international conference, bringing this work together, with the aim of thinking together about new directions, both for academic research and practical action.

  10. The Dutch delegation at the Nyéléni Europe Forum 2016 in Romania

    10 May 2017

    Impression of the Dutch delegation at the Nyéléni Europe Forum 2016 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Over 500 people from all over Europe gathered there at the end of October for five days to lay the groundwork to take back, relocalise our food systems and multiply food sovereignty platforms across the continent.

  11. La terra per pochi: grafici

    • Timothé Feodoroff, Sylvia Kay
    09 May 2017

    Una serie di grafici che mostrano la concentrazione massiccia delle terre in Europa. Negli ultimi dieci anni, l´UE ha perso un terzo delle sue fattorie di piccole dimensioni, il 3% delle aziende agricole controllano il 52% della terra coltivata, e la disuguaglianza terriera è diventata peggiore di quella di reddito.

  12. Social justice at bay

    • Maarten Bakker, Satoko Kishimoto, Christa Nooy
    21 April 2017

    En miljarden project in Jakarta, opgesteld door een consortium van Nederlandse ingenieursbedrijven en adviesbureaus ontving financiële steun van de Nederlandse overheid uit het ontwikkelingshulpbudget. De te verwachten nauwe betrokkenheid van Nederland illustreert de verschuiving in het ontwikkelingsbeleid dat hulp en handel dichter bij elkaar wil brengen. Onderzoekers betwijfelen dat de overheid de juiste afweging maakt tussen het belang van het ondersteunen van het Nederlands bedrijfsleven enerzijds en het uitvoeren van het eigen beleid van duurzame en inclusieve ontwikkeling anderzijds.

  13. Social justice at bay

    • Maarten Bakker, Satoko Kishimoto, Christa Nooy
    21 April 2017

    Projects protecting Jakarta against floods are likely to damage the environment and could threaten the livelihoods of tens of thousands of people. The Dutch government, supporting these projects, should question how it balances its interest in supporting Dutch companies with its stated policies of sustainable and inclusive development. 

  14. Viel land für Wenige

    • Timothé Feodoroff, Sylvia Kay
    14 April 2017



  15. Colombian landscape

    Human nature as victim in Colombia

    Lyda Fernanda Forero
    17 March 2017

    "We are part of nature – human and non-human. The relationship between both and in permanent interaction creates ‘the territory’."

  16. Brazil: Right Wing Government Undermining Constitution

    Benny Kuruvilla
    17 February 2017

    Marco Aurelio, prominent leader of the MST (Brazilian Landless Workers Movement), speaks with Benny Kuruvilla on current developments in Brazil. Rightwing politicians have been busy cutting allocations in social sectors, revising labour laws and undermining the progressive Constitution. Social movements such as MST have been in the forefront in creating broad based progressive platforms to oppose the Temer Government. 

  17. Resistance in Honduras

    03 February 2017 - Event

    Join us to hear Tomas Gomez Membreno, the current coordinator of the Honduran organisation COPINH, share the story of his community's struggle.

  18. Aperçu de la concentration foncière en Europe

    • Timothé Feodoroff, Sylvia Kay
    30 January 2017

    Une série d’infographies qui exposent la massive concentration foncière en Europe. Pendant la dernière décennie, l’Europe a perdu un tiers de ses petites exploitations; 3% des exploitations contrôlent 52% des surfaces agricoles; la terre est encore plus inéquitablement répartie que la richesse.