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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. ERPI 2018 Conference: "Authoritarian Populism and the Rural World"

    17 March 2018 - Event

    We invite you to register for the conference as a participant.

    Understanding 'rural' authoritarian populism

    The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) focuses on understanding the rise of 'authoritarian populism' in rural settings across the world, as well as the forms of resistance occurring and the alternatives being built. New exclusionary politics are generating deepening inequalities, jobless 'growth', climate chaos, and social division. The ERPI is focused on the social and political processes in rural spaces that are generating alternatives to regressive, authoritarian politics. We aim to provoke debate and action among scholars, activists, practitioners and policymakers from across the world who are concerned about the current situation, and hopeful about alternatives.

  3. Fisherman - by Annette Bouvain

    Building Strong Communities against land and water grabbing

    29 September 2017
    Policy briefing

    Small scale fishers in Uganda continue to struggle for access to the land and water resources on which they depend for their livelihoods, and are increasingly at risk of losing access to these resources entirely.

  4. Guatemala Caracol Productions

    Fertile ground for the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure?

    • Zoe Brent, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Gonzalo Colque, Sérgio Sauer
    05 September 2017

    Governments, social movements, corporations, and marginalized people around the world are increasingly involved in struggles and negotiations about the control of land and resources. Questions of who gets what land, how, how much, why and with what implications are being vigorously contested in a variety of spaces.

  5. Access to land for farmers in the EU

    Access to land for farmers in the EU

    07 December 2016 - Event

    In Europe, land speculation and land concentration are an increasing threat to small and medium sized family farms and new entrants. Soaring land prices make it increasingly difficult for farmers to have access to land. In the meantime, investors are buying up enormous pieces of land, sometimes using legal loopholes. Land is increasingly becoming a globally tradable commodity and an object of financial speculation. Examples such as Scotland and Andalusia, where arable land, pastures and forests are highly concentrated since centuries, show the negative effects for sustainable rural development and societies as a whole.

  6. What makes the reformed Committee on World Food Security potentially attractive?

    Nora McKeon
    22 April 2016

    The Committee for World Food Security is a privileged observation point to reflect on how global food governance and social mobilization intersect.

  7. What is governance? The issue of land and rights

    Padraig Carmody
    22 April 2016

    What is governance? There are different definitions, but it can be conceived as the way that authority is exercised. Governance is networked, globalised, territorialised and differentiated. Governance has different objectives for different actors and actor networks. While it is a contested concept, globally governance is becoming increasingly financialised, and in some cases this includes land governance.

  8. Licencia para acaparar

    • Pietje Vervest, Timothé Feodoroff
    22 April 2015

    La cláusula de ‘solución de controversias entre inversores y Estados’ (SCIE) que incluyen muchos tratados comerciales garantizan una amplia protección a los inversores y limitan la capacidad de los Gobiernos para promulgar leyes agrarias progresistas.

  9. The Challenge of Democratic and Inclusive Land Policymaking in Myanmar

    • Jennifer Franco, Pietje Vervest, Tom Kramer, Alberto Alonso-Fradejas, Hannah Twomey
    16 February 2015

    Myanmar's National Land Use Policy promises to make profound changes to the current economic, social, and political-institutional landscape. This is an important and bold step, but its impact will depend on how it addresses the often “messy” details of actual land based social relations.

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    "Obviamente, los enemigos fundamentales del pueblo yukpa son los ganaderos de la zona", Edgardo Lander

    31 January 2015
    In the media

    Pre-estreno de la película "Sabino Vive, las Últimas Fronteras" de Carlos Azpúrua a plaza llena.

  11. Licensed to Grab

    • Pietje Vervest, Timothé Feodoroff
    20 January 2015

    The investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause present in many trade treaties give investors far-reaching protection, curtailing governments’ ability to regulate for progressive agrarian and agricultural policies and reinforcing the notion of land as a commodity.

  12. ‘There is no voice of real farmers’

    Portia Larlee
    11 December 2014

    The release of the draft policy, part of a process towards enacting a new National Land Law and “harmonising” existing legislation, was greeted with objections and criticism from farmers’ organisations and ethnic minority groups throughout the country.

  13. The draft land use policy: putting big business first

    Jennifer Franco
    11 December 2014

    There are some big problems with the current draft of the policy and they stem mainly from its failure to recognise that land has more than an economic function.

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    Cacerías por la tierra

    Gustavo Duch Guillot
    04 November 2014
    In the media

    En los últimos años la preocupación por la propiedad de la tierra agraria ha vuelto a lugares destacados de muchas agendas.

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    NGOs, Farmers Concerned After Reviewing Draft Land Use Policy

    Zarni Mann
    01 November 2014
    In the media

    Some 70 representatives of farmers’ organizations and civil society organizations from different parts of Burma gathered during a three-day meeting in Rangoon this week to hold the first of a number of discussions on the government’s new draft national land use policy.

  16. Pro-Business or Pro-Poor?

    23 October 2014

    What are the potential implications for Myanmars majority rural working poor now after the unveiling of the much-awaited draft national land use policy?

  17. A Peoples' vision for a just and inclusive Asia and Europe

    16 October 2014

    One week before the official Asia-Europe government meeting (ASEM) gathers in Milan, over 400 people from 42 countries in Europe and Asia gathered at the 10th Asia-Europe Peoples forum (AEPF) to present their demands and recommendations.

  18. Tratados de libre comercio y conflicto en Colombia

    Lyda Fernanda Forero, Danilo Urrea
    16 October 2014

    Las últimas movilizaciones populares en Colombia no responden a una problemática coyuntural, sino que surgen de la resistencia a factores estructurales en los que los tratados de libre comercio desempeñan un papel clave.

  19. Exploring the Land-Drugs Nexus

    19 October 2014 - Event