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  1. Traditional Fishers Photo by Geoff Arbourne

    EU Fisheries Agreements

    • Elyse Mills , Astrid Rinder Alexandersen, Mads Christian Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen, Zoe Brent, Timothé Feodoroff, Jennifer Franco
    09 November 2017
    Report

    Small-scale fishing communities worldwide are suffering from the impacts of increased global trade in fish products, dwindling fish stocks, climate change, and environmental degradation.

  2. The European Left in times of crises: Lessons from Greece

    • Andreas Karitzis
    09 November 2017
    Book

    In the wake of an economic crisis, a left-wing government in Greece found itself at the centre of a maelstrom. The containment of popular sovereignty, the imposition of stringent austerity measures, and the authoritarian implementation of neoliberal reforms spurred widespread social and political antagonism. In this new book, Andreas Karitzis' observations aim to shape a new methodology of emancipatory politics and effective social mobilisation.

  3. Mali image by Geogg Arbourne

    Rapport de pays sur le Mali:

    28 October 2017
    Report

    Ces dernières années, les communautés sont confrontées de plus en plus aux accaparements de terres tant au niveau urbain et périurbain qu’au niveau rural facilités par la complicité des élites et les dysfonctionnements administratifs.

  4. Die Zukunft unseres Wassers in öffentlicher Hand

    • Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean, Emanuele Lobina
    27 October 2017
    Book

    Nach drei Jahrzehnten mit katastrophalen Ergebnissen schließen viele Städte, Regionen und Staaten das Kapitel der Privatisierung von Wasser. Eine leise Revolution der Bürger entfaltet sich, indem die Gemeinschaften auf der ganzen Welt die Kontrolle über ihre Wasserdienstleistungen einfordern und die wichtigste Ressource in einer demokratischen, gleichberechtigten und ökologischen Art und Weise nutzen wollen.

  5. Marruecos y el cannabis

    • Tom Blickman
    26 October 2017
    Policy briefing

    Este informe sobre políticas analiza si el objetivo de reducir el cultivo de cannabis es realista o beneficioso para Marruecos, qué significaría realmente para la principal zona de producción, el Rif — una de las regiones del país más pobres, con mayor densidad demográfica y con un medioambiente más frágil —, y qué implicaría para un desarrollo sostenible significativo. El informe presenta un breve contexto histórico, examina las últimas tendencias en el mercado del cannabis y destaca algunas de sus consecuencias ambientales y sociales, así como el debate reciente sobre la regulación en Marruecos y las políticas en Europa. Por último, plantea algunas reflexiones sobre posibles objetivos de desarrollo sostenible con respecto al cultivo de cannabis para el futuro.

  6. « Shrinking space » ou le « Rétrécissement de l'espace » démocratique

    • Ben Hayes, Frank Barat, Isabelle Geuskens, Nick Buxton, Fiona Dove, Francesco Martone, Hannah Twomey, Semanur Karaman
    17 October 2017
    Paper

    Partout dans le monde, au sein d'États, démocratiques comme non démocratiques, nombre de militants et d’organisations mobilisés pour la justice sociale évoluent dans un environnement de plus en plus répressif et sécuritaire, et subissent des attaques sans précédent menaçant leur légitimité et leur sécurité. Tentatives répétées pour réduire au silence le mouvement Black Lives Matter, assassinat de Berta Cáceres, criminalisation de la campagne Boycott, Désinvestissement, Sanctions (BDS) ou encore recours à des formes de micro-tyrannie telle que la récente loi sur la Régulation des Activités Bénévoles au Bangladesh ; il va sans dire que le militantisme, tant individuel que collectif, se heurte au ressac des États, des entreprises et de l'extrême droite.

  7. Remunicipalización

    • Satoko Kishimoto, Olivier Petitjean
    17 October 2017
    Report

    ‘La recuperación de los servicios públicos’ es un libro de obligada lectura para toda aquella persona que esté interesada en el futuro democrático de servicios como la energía, el agua y la salud. Os invitamos a un fabuloso viaje en el que conoceréis novedosas iniciativas en todo el mundo para fomentar la propiedad pública y acabar con las privatizaciones.

  8. Limits to neoliberal authoritarianism in the politics of land capitalization in Thailand:

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    Thailand presents a number of apparent paradoxes that complicate linear assumptions about the< capitalization of land and consequent processes of accumulation, dispossession and concentration.

  9. Social division of labor in rural spaces in Brazil:

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    This study presents analysis about the course of the agrarian conflicts that existed in Brazil from the 1940s until 2015, which placed in the political-ideological centrality the forces existing in the Brazilian rural sphere.

  10. Land reform, rural development and developmental state policies in South Africa:

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) describes the country as a low-growth, middle- income trapped economy, characterised by high inequality, high unemployment, low savings and poor skills levels. It aims to eliminate income poverty and reduce inequality by 2030, and pleads for an integrated and inclusive rural economy and a capable and developmental state to coordinate this effort.

  11. The evolving face of agribusiness investment along Brazil’s new frontier:

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    In recent decades, the Cerrado biome has become a driving economic force in Brazil. Deemed the “world’s most important agricultural expansion zone for this century” by the late Norman Borlaug, the founder of the Green Revolution, the central Brazilian plateau spans 2 million square kilometers, 10 states, and is home to more than 25 million people.

  12. Ending years of solitude?

    • Christelle Chabaud
    13 October 2017
    Paper

    The issue of land access is at the heart of the more than a half-century long conflict in Colombia. The post-conflict era and article 1 of the peace agreement dedicated to integral rural reform are nurturing hope for more democratic land distribution.

  13. Bulgarian agriculture in 21st century – the road towards a new “feudalization”

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    In the beginning of 20th century Bulgaria was among those countries in Europe that had the highest number of parceled out land with hundreds of thousands of small land owners toiling at their land at the brink of survival.

  14. Neo-Extractivism, Populism, and the Agrarian Question in Bolivia and Ecuador

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    The confluence of globalizing neoliberalism and national developmentalism, particularly in the case of China, has facilitated the appearance of monopolistic firms in the sub-imperium. These companies, usually state-owned in the case of China, are competing against the imperium for access to natural resources, land, and food supplies.

  15. Multiple Rationality:

    13 October 2017
    Paper

    This paper is focus on One Family Two Systems (OFTS) behavior of peasant households, featuring in differential production, and their rational logic behind, in the background of food system transformation.

  16. Naive monarchism and rural resistance in contemporary Russia

    • Natalia Mamonova
    13 October 2017
    Paper

    This paper analyses the relation between “naive monarchism” and rural resistance in contemporary Russia. It argues that popular resistance in the name of the president is a form of contention of powerless groups in an authoritarian state.

  17. The Changing Modalities of ‘Frontiers of Existence’ and ‘Commodity/Resource Frontiers’:

    • Markus Kröger
    13 October 2017
    Paper

    Much research has been dedicated to the study of commodity and resource frontiers. These concepts have also been heavily criticized for many reasons, and been even called obsolete academic tools; in the 1990s, some Latin Americanists argued that the commodity and resource frontier had collapsed in the Brazilian Amazon, and did not capture the local complexities.

  18. Transición hacia el procomún y P2P: guía básica

    • Michel Bauwens, Vasilis Kostakis, Stacco Troncoso, Ann Marie Utratel
    06 October 2017
    Primer

    El procomún, como idea y como práctica, ha surgido a modo de una nueva dinámica social, política y económica. Además del Mercado y del Estado, el procomún es una tercera forma de organización social. El procomún y el sistema entre pares (P2P) conforman un sistema basado en las prácticas y necesidades de la sociedad civil y del entorno donde esta habita y que evoluciona dejando a un lado los sistemas obsoletos de planificación central y los principios competitivos de las economías de mercado. Pero, ¿qué son el procomún y el P2P y cómo se relacionan entre sí? En esta breve guía básica se abordan todos estos conceptos.

  19. A Toolkit for Participatory Action Research

    • Ruth Hall, Zoe Brent, Jennifer Franco, Moenieba Isaacs, Tsegaye Shegro
    05 October 2017
    Paper

    This Guide is drawn from experience in the action research project “Bottom-up accountability initiatives and large-scale land acquisitions in Africa”. The project aimed to bring the international soft law instrument, the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of the Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests (the Tenure Guidelines or TGs), to rural communities and, together with them, to use the Guidelines to strengthen their tenure of land, fisheries and forests.

  20. Agroecology and Food Sovereignty in small-scale Fisheries

    05 October 2017
    Report

    The importance of Food Sovereignty – as a means, a goal, and a global movement – is long recognized by the WFFP leadership: Food, Sovereignty is a political agenda of small-scale food producers in the defense of our rivers, lakes, oceans and land.

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