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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Harvesting Crops Nigeria - image by Yosef Hadar World Bank

    Building Bottom-up Accountability in an Era of Land Grabbing in Sub-Saharan Africa

    01 October 2017
    Policy briefing

    Access to and control over land and associated natural resources play a key role in whether and how rural working people are able to build decent and dignified livelihoods, avoid or escape hunger, participate in decision-making, avoid or escape political exclusion and marginalization, and sustain collective identities and social reproduction processes.

  10. LCC CRSP Mali - photo by Jessica Davis

    Convergence Malienne contre les Accaparements des Terres

    01 October 2017
    Policy briefing

    Depuis la Charte du Mandé, les droits fondamentaux qui sont la Terre, l’Eau pour vivre dans la Dignité et du fruit de son travail n’ont pas trouvé d’écho significatif dans nos textes de lois et encore moins dans leur application.

  11. Harvesting Crops Nigeria - image by Yosef Hadar World Bank

    Bottom Up Accountability and Securing Communal Land Rights in Cross River State

    01 October 2017
    Policy briefing

    Communities in Cross River State, Nigeria are losing access to the forest lands on which they depend for their livelihoods.

  12. 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.

  13. Edging Forward

    • Jamie Bridge, Martin Jelsma, Tom Blickman, Marie Nougier, Dave Bewley-Taylor, Christopher Hallam
    29 September 2017
    Paper

    Diplomatic processes at the United Nations are notoriously slow and difficult, perhaps increasingly so in a modern world of multi-polar geopolitics and tensions. This is certainly no different for the highly charged and provocative issue of international drug control.

  14. Using the CFS Tenure Guidelines in struggles for human rights and democratic control of land, fisheries and forests

    • Sofia Monsalve Suárez, Jennifer Franco
    29 September 2017
    Paper

    Access to and control over land and associated natural resources have long been key determinants shaping rural lives worldwide. Relationships to land, forests, water and aquatic resources influence whether rural working people are able to build decent and dignified livelihoods, avoid or escape hunger, participate in decision-making, avoid or escape political exclusion and marginalization, and sustain collective identities and social reproduction processes.

  15. Wilmar Palm Oil plantations - Image by Rainforest Rescue

    Country Report on Nigeria:

    28 September 2017
    Report

    Tension and violent conflicts based on land and forests issues are on the increase in Nigeria.

  16. Country Report on South Africa

    27 September 2017
    Report

    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.

  17. Country Report on Uganda

    27 September 2017
    Report

    Findings reveal that lawlessness (in some cases), ignorance of the law, evictions and unlawful relocations, increasing pressure and conflicts emerging in fishing communities, as well as neighbouring farming communities are all leading to communities losing access to the land and fishing grounds on which they have survived for many years, leading to unemployment and loss of livelihoods among the fisher folks.

  18. Reflexiones en torno al concepto de "reducción del espacio de acción de la sociedad civil"

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

    El activismo individual y colectivo es blanco de una ofensiva global lanzada por Estados, grandes empresas y la derecha extrema. La metáfora de la “reducción del espacio de la sociedad civil organizada” se ha generalizado para hacer referencia a toda una nueva generación de limitaciones impuestas a la lucha política. Sin embargo, es necesario deconstruir esta narrativa y poner al descubierto algunos de los problemas inherentes al concepto.

  19. Myths and risks of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement

    • Cecilia Olivet, Pietje Vervest
    21 September 2017
    Policy briefing

    As the signing of the EU-Myanmar Investment Protection Agreement (IPA) draws near, concerns over the secrecy surrounding the agreement’s negotiations and the risks it poses abound, alongside many myths about its potential benefits.

  20. Panglong monument with Shwedagon replica in background

    Beyond Panglong: Myanmar’s National Peace and Reform Dilemma

    19 September 2017
    Policy briefing

    As ethnic conflict and refugee displacement continue in Myanmar’s borderlands, the country now stands at a crossroads. After decades under military rule, the 21st Century Panglong Conference has been welcomed as the most important initiative to achieve countrywide peace and political reform since the Panglong Conference of February 1947. Worrying failings, however, are starting to appear, raising many warnings from the country’s troubled history.

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