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    Marginalized street food vendors promoting consumption of millets among the urban poor

    • Kirit Patel, David Guenther, Kyle Wiebe, Ruth-Anne Seburn
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    While Indian Policy makers have claimed that the number of people leaving below the poverty line has been reduced, a spatial analysis of poverty data reveals that most of the gains achieved have been concentrated within rural areas while the urban poor continue to experience abject poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition.

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    What Place for International Trade in Food Sovereignty?

    • Kim Burnett, Sophia Murphy
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    International agricultural commodity trade is central to the livelihoods of millions of farmers across the globe, and to most countries’ food security strategies. Yet global trade policies are contributing to food insecurity and are undermining livelihoods.

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    Financialization and the Transformation of Agro-food Supply Chains

    • S. Ryan Isakson
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    This article documents the rise of finance in food provisioning. It queries the role of financialization in the contemporary food crisis and analyzes its impacts upon power structures and the distribution of wealth within and along the agro-food supply chain.

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    Food sovereignty and safeguarding food security for everyone

    • Hugh Lacey
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    The paper considers food sovereignty as an aspiration, or value, held by various social movements (first and most notably La Vía Campesina [LVC]) and food producing communities, to control or determine the shape of all aspects of their food system.

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    Food Regimes, Race and The Coloniality of Power

    • Shoshana Devra Perrey
    01 January 2013
    Policy briefing

    This paper centers the food regime as a critical tool for understanding state hegemony, and invokes the introduction of racial categorization to further extend the powerful role of states’ formations historically.

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    Transcending the Focus on Agrarian Sector

    • Anil Bhattarai
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    Together with building thriving and functionally integrated farm agroecologies and peasant-controlled economic practices, we need to pay serious attention to things that are normally considered beyond 'agriculture sector.' Very often, the crisis of agriculture is presented in terms of the spread of technologies that take farming away from the control of peasants and entangle them in relations of dependency.

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    Between Reality and Abstraction

    • Pien Metaal, Mirella van Dun, Hugo Cabieses Cubas, Sebastian Scholl
    31 December 2012

    At the International Conference on Alter­native Development (ICAD), held 15-16 November 2012 in Lima, the Peruvian Government continued to insist on the relevance of “Alternative Development (AD),” with particular emphasis on the so-called San Martín “miracle” or “model.” The model, started with the support of in­ternational cooperation, is proposed by Peru as a paradigm to be followed world­wide by regions and countries that also deal with problems associated with crops grown for illicit purposes.

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    Addicted to punishment

    • Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes, Diana Esther Guzmán, Jorge Parra Norato
    31 December 2012

    addicted-punishmentIn Latin America, trafficking cocaine so it can be sold to someone who wants to use it is more serious than raping a woman or deliberately killing your neighbor. While it may seem incredible, that is the conclusion of a rigorous study of the evolution of criminal legislation in the region, which shows that countries’ judicial systems mete out harsher penalties for trafficking even modest amounts of drugs than for acts as heinous as sexual assault or murder.

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  9. About drug law reform in Mexico

    31 December 2012
    Primer

    Mexico is the Latin American country that has bore the highest costs from the War on Drugs, suffering from high national rates of violence, corruption in state institutions, and an increase in the power of organised crime groups. As with other countries in the region, implementation of a prohibitionist drug law approach has had the adverse effect of increasing the number of people held in prison for minor drug offences. This page summarises the latest developments in the debate on drug law and drug policy in Mexico.

  10. Roadmaps for Reforming the UN Drug Conventions

    • Robin Room, Sarah MacKay
    30 December 2012
    Report

    The three UN Drug Conventions of 1961, 1971 and 1988 currently impose a ‘one-size-fits-all’ prohibitionist approach to drug policy throughout the world. This new report explains in detail how the Conventions could be amended in order to give countries greater freedom to adopt drug policies better suited to their special needs.

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    Roadmaps for Reforming the UN Drug Conventions

    • Robin Room, Sarah MacKay
    30 December 2012

    roadmaps-to-reformThe three UN Drug Conventions of 1961, 1971 and 1988 currently impose a ‘one-size-fits-all’ prohibitionist approach to drug policy throughout the world. This new report explains in detail how the Conventions could be amended in order to give countries greater freedom to adopt drug policies better suited to their special needs.

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    Southeast Asia Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2012, Bangkok

    27 December 2012
    Report

    The 4th GIZ/TNI Southeast Asia Informal Drug Policy Dialogue titled ‘The Future of Alternative Development in Southeast Asia’ took place on 18 and 19 December 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.

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    Competing political tendencies in global governance of land grabbing

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras, Chunyu Wang
    14 December 2012
    Paper

    Three political tendencies have emerged in response to land grabbing that are shaping the global debate and the potential future trajectory of land governance.

  14. Tendencias políticas en disputa para la gobernanza global del acaparamiento de tierras

    • Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras, Chunyu Wang
    12 December 2012
    Paper

    En respuesta a la actual oleada de acaparamientos de tierras, se está librando una batalla política para controlar el carácter, el ritmo, los parámetros y trayectoria del discurso, y los instrumentos de gobernanza de la tierra.

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    The future of Public Enterprises in Latin America and the World

    • Daniel Chavez
    07 December 2012
    Report

    An international seminar in Montevideo, co-organised by TNI and the Uruguayan government, shared the latest learning and innovation by state-owned enterprises across Latin America and affirmed their importance as instruments for economic and social development.

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    La adicción punitiva

    • Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes, Diana Esther Guzmán, Jorge Parra Norato (eds.)
    05 December 2012

    addicion-punitivaEn América Latina es más grave contrabandear marihuana con el fin de venderla a quien quiere consumirla, que violar a una mujer o matar voluntariamente al vecino, esta es la conclusión de una publicación dada a conocer por el Colectivo de Estudios Drogas y Derecho (CEDD). La publicación se basa en el estudio de la legislación penal de drogas en siete países latinoamericanos (México, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Brasil, Argentina, Bolivia). La sobre-penalización del delito de drogas ha recaído partícularmente en los eslabones más bajos de la cadena, en vez de los altos o medianos mandos del narcotráfico.

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    Stub

    04 December 2012
    Report

    Durante los tres días del seminario se manifestó un consenso general en torno a la significación positiva de las empresas del Estado como instrumentos de crecimiento económico y de desarrollo social.

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    Accounting for carbon, depoliticising plunder

    • Les Levidow
    30 November 2012

    The EU aspires to global leadership in developing ‘sustainable biofuels’, arguing they can substitute for fossil fuels, but the result has been dispossession of rural communities throughout the South.

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