21 Apr 2010
by GRAIN | 21 Apr 2010 | Seedling - April 2010
Turning African farmland over to big business
Land grabs threaten Anuak
Pastoralism an untold tale of adaptation and survival
Confronting the FAO to stop GMOs
.... and more!
by La Via Campesina – FIAN – Land Research Action Network – GRAIN | 10 Apr 2010
Say NO to the principles of “responsible” agro-enterprise investment promoted by the World Bank.
State and private investors, from Citadel Capital to Goldman Sachs, are leasing or buying up tens of millions of hectares of farmlands in Asia, Africa and Latin America for food and fuel production. This land grabbing is a serious threat for the food sovereignty of our peoples and the right to food of our rural communities. In response to this new wave of land grabbing, the World Bank is promoting a set of seven principles to guide such investments and make them successful.
by GRAIN | 29 Mar 2010 | Against the grain
Right now communities in Latin America, as around the world, are suffering a new kind of invasion of their territories. Millions of hectares of farmland in Latin America have been taken over by these foreign investors over the past few years for the production of food crops and agrofuels for export. Much of the money comes from US and European pension funds, banks, private equity groups, and wealthy individuals, and it is being channelled through special farmland investment vehicles set up by both foreign and local companies.
21 Jan 2010
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by GRAIN | 21 Jan 2010 | Seedling - January 2010
Unravelling the “miracle” of Malawi’s green revolution
Africa's land and family farms - up for grabs?
Agricultural workers still struggle for their rights
What 'financialisation' means for food workers
Indian farmers organise to stop Bt brinjal
.... and more!
by GRAIN | 13 Jan 2010 | Against the grain
New television documentary traces origins of the H1N1 pandemic back to pig farms in Mexico
Out of the swine flu crisis, the struggle against factory farming has grown stronger, moving from isolated local resistance to a major component of a national movement. A new documentary on the H1N1 pandemic and factory farming, based on the experiences of La Gloria and the neighbouring communities, now brings this struggle to an international audience and puts factory farming back on centre stage in the story of the H1N1 pandemic.
by GRAIN | 30 Dec 2009 | Presentations
A way out of the mayhem caused by the industrial food system. A presentation with concise data on how industrial agriculture plays a big role in the climate crisis and how diversified, small-scale farming and local markets can solve the problem.
by Via Campesina | 10 Dec 2009 | Other publications
Via Campesina booklet on small farmers and the climate crisis. Contains a chapter by GRAIN
by GRAIN | 10 Dec 2009 | Other publications
On December 15th, La Via Campesina and a number of other groups will be leading a day of action in Copenhagen to put agriculture front and centre in the discussions over climate change. Although the official Convention is sure to disappoint, these groups will be carrying a message of hope. What they want the world to know is that, in their on-going struggle for food sovereignty, there is a way out of the climate crisis.
21 Oct 2009
Today’s global food system, with all its high-tech seeds and fancy packaging, cannot fulfil its most basic function of feeding people. Despite this monumental failure, there is no talk in the corridors of power of changing direction. Large and growing movements of people clamour for change, but the world’s governments and international agencies keep pushing more of the same: more agribusiness, more industrial agriculture, more globalisation. As the planet moves into an accelerating period of climate change, driven, in large part, by this very model of agriculture, such failure to take meaningful action will rapidly worsen an already intolerable situation. But in the worldwide movement for food sovereignty, there is a promising way out.
by GRAIN | 20 Oct 2009 | Against the grain
Corporate investors lead the rush for control over overseas farmland
With all the talk about "food security," and distorted media statements like "South Korea leases half of Madagascar's land," it may not be evident to a lot of people that the lead actors in today's global land grab for overseas food production are not countries or governments but corporations. So much attention has been focused on the involvement of states, like Saudi Arabia, China or South Korea. But the reality is that while governments are facilitating the deals, private companies are the ones getting control of the land. And their interests are simply not the same as those of governments.
by OFEDI and GRAIN | 20 Oct 2009 | Seedling - October 2009
West Africa is extremely vulnerable to climate change, in part because its agriculture is essentially rain-fed. Deeply disturbing alterations in the climate are already being noticed, and worse can be expected. If cataclysmic upheavals are to be avoided, the region needs urgently to find ways of conserving precious ecosystems and of supporting peasant farmers and other groups to use their traditional knowledge to adapt to far-reaching changes.
by GRAIN | 18 Oct 2009 | Seedling - October 2009
In June 2009 Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, a shaman from one of the communities of the 16,000 Yanomami Indians who live in the north of Brazil, near the frontier with Venezuela, travelled to Europe to talk to politicians and the press. He wanted to ensure that an indigenous voice was heard in the run-up to the Copenhagen conference in December 2009. The following are extracts from some of the interviews he gave.
by Interview with Sandy Gauntlett | 16 Oct 2009 | Seedling - October 2009
Sandy Gauntlett is an environmental activist of Maori descent. He lectures in indigenous resource management at the indigenous university of Te Wananga O Aotearoa in New Zealand. He also chairs the Pacific Indigenous Peoples Environment Coalition and the Pacific Regional Focal Point for the Global Forest Coalition.