Media releases

In this section you can find GRAIN media releases.

A petition denouncing the unjust imprisonment of three Ethiopian human rights defenders and calling on the Ethiopian government to drop all charges against them immediately, is being presented this week to the Ethiopian government as well as its financial backers—governments of the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Switzerland and the World Bank, which provide a significant amount of international aid to Ethiopia. The petition is signed by 1,229 people from 70 countries.

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Join us in Paris for a book launch and evening with GRAIN on 7 December 2015

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Top Swedish, US and Canadian pension funds linked to Brazilian land grabs, displacement of people

Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos, GRAIN, Inter Pares and Solidarity Sweden – Latin America | 17 November 2015 | Media releases

Media Release - 17 November 2015

A New York company managing the retirement savings of workers in Sweden, the US and Canada is evading Brazilian laws on foreign investment to acquire farmlands from a businessman accused of violently displacing local communities, according to a new report, released today by Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos, GRAIN, Inter Pares, and Solidarity Sweden – Latin America.

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Media release. Yaoundé November 5, 2015

Cameroonian authorities must stop the repression of environmental human rights defender according to an international coalition of six environmental and human rights organizations, which includes Greenpeace Africa, the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), GRAIN, Fern, Oakland Institute and SAVE.

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International organisations launch petition in support of jailed Ethiopian activists

ASO, BfA, GRAIN, IDI and Oakland Institute | 21 October 2015 | Media releases

Five international organisations—Anywaa Survival Organisation (ASO), Bread for All, GRAIN, Inclusive Development International and Oakland Institute—have launched a petition asking supporters to denounce the Ethiopian government and its financial backers for the arrest of three Ethiopian food, land and indigenous rights activists.

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Fertiliser companies are among the world's top climate villains, a new report from GRAIN asserts. Their products could be responsible for up to 10% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, not to mention the damage wreaked on waterways, soils and the ozone layer. But policies to transition agriculture out of its current dependence on chemical fertilisers are being undermined by the fertiliser industry's lobby efforts.

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Media release: Ethiopia, World Bank translator, activists face trial

Human Rights Watch · Bread for All · GRAIN · Anywaa Survival Organisation · Oakland Institute · Inclusive Development International | 22 September 2015 | Media releases

Ethiopian authorities should immediately drop all charges and release a former World Bank translator and two other local activists charged under Ethiopia's repressive anti-terrorism law after trying to attend a workshop on food security in Nairobi, six international development and human rights groups said today.

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Senegal land grab on the verge of implosion

Le Collectif pour la Défense du Ndiaël and Re:Common | 24 July 2015 | Media releases

A new report by Italian researchers shows that the controversial Senhuile project in Senegal is on the verge of collapse. The project, initiated by Italian and Senegalese investors four years ago to produce biofuels, has provoked fierce resistance from affected communities in which six people have died.

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Media release: Agro-colonialism in the Congo

Réseau d'information et d'appui aux ONG nationales (RIAO-RDC) | GRAIN | 02 June 2015 | Media releases

Several prominent development finance institutions (DFIs) are funding Feronia Inc., a Canadian agribusiness company accused of land grabbing and human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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More than half a million people living in communities along the banks of the Lúrio River in northern Mozambique will be severely affected if the country's Council of Ministers approves the Lúrio River Valley Development Project (DVRL) in the controversial Nacala Corridor.

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