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A good article on the need for agroecology, denouncing that the bulk of development cooperation funding goes to supporting industrial agriculture.

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Free at last: charges against indigenous land rights defender & former World Bank inspection panel translator dropped

Anywaa Survival, Bread for All, GRAIN, Inclusive Development International, Oakland Institute | 03 April 2018 | land grabbing | Ethiopia

Today, charges against Pastor Omot Agwa, an indigenous land rights defender from the Gambella region of Ethiopia, were finally dropped by an Ethiopian court.

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Excellent investigative article, which shows how Harvard’s endowment fund in involved in a massvie land grab in Brazil

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With vigor of the youth, intensify the struggle for land and life!

PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP), the Asian Peasant Coalition and People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty and grassroots movements | 29 March 2018 | land grabbing, actions

We mark the Day of the Landless this year amid ever pervasive landlessness and land grabbing, driven by the competition of global powers and local elites to control the world’s resources at the expense of small food producers and the food sovereignty of poor countries. This is accompanied by rising militarism and violent repression of rural communities. Among those worst affected by deepening poverty and hunger as well as increasing human rights violations are the rural youth.

 

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Declaration of the 6th West African Peasant Seed Fair

West African Peasant Seed Committee (COASP) | 27 March 2018 | seeds & biodiversity | Senegal

We, members of the West African Peasant Seed Committee COASP, peasants, representatives of peasant organizations, civil society, national and international research institutes from eight West African countries and three European countries, gathered from 5-­7 March 2018 for the 6th West African Peasant Seed Fair of Djimini. 

 

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A good summary of the concerns about the role of philantropy pushing corporate agendas into health and agriculture programmes in the Global South.

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The World Bank is financing a land titling, or “regularization” program in the Brazilian State of Piauí, where large areas of land have been grabbed from local communities and illegally occupied by agribusiness. Local communities, including communities of descendants of runaway slaves (quilombolas) as well as indigenous peoples, are being violently displaced from their traditional lands and face contamination of water and soils, increasing violence against community leaders, deforestation and loss of biodiversity. 

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March 20, 2018. Ottawa – Health Canada has announced its approval of the genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) Vitamin A enhanced “Golden Rice” even though it is not intended for sale in Canada and has not yet been approved by regulators in the intended markets.

 

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The representatives included Food Sovereignty Ghana (FSG), Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), General Agricultural Workers Union – GAWU of TUC Ghana, Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD), and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.

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