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The global struggle for food sovereignty

Talking Stick TV | 15 October 2014 | food sovereignty

What is the best work being done to address food sovereignty, environmental degradation and rural livelihoods around the world? How does the Gates Foundation relate to this good work? What is the role of international solidarity in advancing food sovereignty?

A panel discussion with Million Belay (Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa and MELCA-Ethiopia), Mariam Mayet (African Centre for Biosafety, South Africa) and Elizabeth Mpofu (ZIMSOFF and La Via Campesina Africa, Zimbabwe)

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Recent years have seen an exponential increase in land deals across the Philippines to convert large expanses of land to produce crops mainly intended for export. Palawan, in spite of its unique recognition as a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve, has not been spared from massive investments in extractive resources and industrial agriculture, especially oil palm development.

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Malawi's Green Revolution

African Centre for Biosafety | 07 October 2014 | corporations, technologies, food crisis | Malawi

The Green Revolution in Malawi is being pushed as the success story that other countries in the continents should follow. The African Centre for Biosafety collaborated with local partners in the country to find out what's really going on, and produced an excellent report that recommends that the country stops following this path and starts supporting small farmers and their food systems instead.

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The International planning committee for food sovereignty has been asked by FAO to produce a report, by the end of the year, on “The contribution made by farmers, pastoralists, forest dwellers, fishers and other small-scale food providers to the conservation, development and sustainable use of biodiversity for food and agriculture” and seeks your input.

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Will GM crops feed the world?

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network | 02 October 2014 | technologies, seeds & biodiversity

CBAN's new report Will GM Crops Feed the World? examines experiences with GM crops and exposes the many ways in which they threaten the environment and farmers’ livelihoods, and overlook the real causes of hunger.

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Two years after the launch of the G8 New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, it seems clear that it actually undermines food security, nutrition and the progressive realization of the right to food in Africa.

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The world's food production and millions of small farmers and communities are under increasing threat from the rapid expansion of mining, says a new report released by the Gaia Foundation.

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Social movements representing more than 200 million members around the world have publicly denounced the corporate take-over of the upcoming Ban Ki-Moon Climate Summit. In a joint statement published on September 16, they call for systemic change rather than the voluntary pledges and market-based and destructive public-private partnership initiatives that currently feature on the Summit’s agenda, like REDD+ Climate-Smart Agriculture and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative.

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The African Centre for Biosafety has just released an in-depth report, The Political economy of Africa’s burgeoning chemical fertiliser rush, which looks at the role of fertiliser in the push for a Green Revolution in Africa, some of the key present and future fertiliser trends on the continent, and identifies the major players involved.


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Carnivorous greed

Silvia Ribeiro | 12 September 2014 | corporations

The industrial production of meat and meat products is becoming a huge problem for environmental pollution and the ravages to land and water. It’s also one of the greatest factors contributing to climate change and is the main global destination for GM crops.

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