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As the spring meetings of the World Bank get underway in Washington, DC, 180 organizations, including NGOs, unions, and farmer and consumer groups from over 80 countries, demand that the World Bank end its Doing Business rankings and its support of the rampant theft of land and resources from some of the world’s poorest people -- farmers, pastoralists, and indigenous communities, many of whom are essential food producers for the entire planet.

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This month, rural women, indigenous communities, and farmers in Chile found themselves on the winning end of a long-fought battle against a bill that had come to be known by many in this country as simply, the “Monsanto Law.”

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Djimini Declaration

West African Peasant Seed Committee (COASP) | 28 March 2014 | seeds & biodiversity | Senegal

On the occasion of the 4th edition of the West African peasant seed fair, held in Djimini, Senegal from 11-13 March 2014, 300 participants, representing 54 delegations from Benin, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Niger, Mali, Togo, Senegal, Guinea, India, Europe and Canada assembled to promote peasant seeds.

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This report, published by Ejolt, describes and analyzes specific cases of land grabbing around the world as well as successful cases of resistance and the different types of alliances that can be made to fight land grabbing.

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La Via Campesina are calling for this April 17th 2014 to be a global day of action and mobilisation in defence of the struggles of farmers and peasants, and, in particular, in defence of peasants' and farmers' seeds.

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A great educational poster contrasting industrial agriculture and agroecology. By the Christensen Fund.

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India's new milky way

Jyotika Sood | 04 February 2014 | food sovereignty | India

Private players are entering the Indian dairy market in a big way. Dairy cooperatives, which ushered in the White Revolution, need to expand and strengthen their network to protect the interests of small dairy farmers. But the cooperatives are hampered by political interference, unsustainable subsidies and poor marketing strategies. In such a scenario, the National Dairy Development Board is promoting a model—milk producer companies—to compete with private companies. Is it the right strategy?

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De-bunking the myth that the European seed market is diversified: the event will highlight the dominance of a small group of multinational companies, exposing false assumptions underlying proposed regulation of the seeds in the European Community.

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Food sovereignty: A critical dialogue

Future Agricultures | 22 January 2014 | food sovereignty

On 24 January 2014, the event ‘Food Sovereignty: A Critical Dialogue’ will bring together sceptics and advocates of food sovereignty to discuss the future of this contested idea in critical agrarian studies.

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Internal investigation found the World Bank's International Finance Corporation failed to adhere to policies to protect local communities; failed to disclose vital project information, consult with local communities, or identify the project as a high-risk investment; ignored or failed to spot the serious social, political and human rights Dinant operates in.

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