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Agribusiness, a step towards increased food dependency in Africa

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The village of Yalifombo, on the banks of the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was an essentially agricultural...

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The Congo Basin: in the Sights of Capital

Posted on Jul 13, 2016

The Congo Basin in Central Africa contains the second largest forest in the world. Its extensive territory is shared by six countries: the...

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Agrarian reform in reverse in Asia: new laws grab land from farmers

Posted on Mar 21, 2016

A report by the NGO GRAIN shows how governments throughout Asia are quietly enacting a host of legislative changes that eliminate the few...

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Press Release of the Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations, in solidarity with the peoples of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla in their struggle for the liberation of the Madre Vieja River

Posted on Feb 16, 2016

On February 9th and 11th, 2016, over 200 residents of Nueva Concepción, Escuintla, Guatemala, held an action that was historic for their...

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Destructive biofuels and wood-based biomass out of next Renewable Energy Directive say 120 organisations to EU renewables consultation

Posted on Feb 11, 2016

Press Release.  10th February 2016 – 120 civil society organisations and networks from across the globe have published a declaration...

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Declaration: Large-scale bioenergy must be excluded from the renewable energy definition

Posted on Nov 20, 2015

  We, the signatories of this declaration, are calling on the European Union (EU) to exclude bioenergy from its next Renewable Energy...

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Together, we can cool the planet!

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

A new video by La Vía Campesina and GRAIN is part of a campaign to highlight the key role of the industrialized food system to the climate...

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Civil Society says NO to “Climate Smart Agriculture”

Posted on Nov 10, 2015

An international statement signed by over 250 organizations and movements from around the world expresses deep concerns about the growing...

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Corporate smart agriculture

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  As the UN climate negotiations in December approach, there’s only one major intergovernmental initiative on climate and...

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The Farce of “Smart Forestry”. The Cases of Green Resources in Mozambique and Suzano in Brazil

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  “Nobody eats eucalyptus.”  With this statement farmers expressed their outrage when the company Aracruz Celulose...

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Trade deals, agribusiness and the climate crisis

Posted on Nov 9, 2015

  The climate talks in Paris in December this year are viewed as a last chance for the world’s governments to commit to binding...

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How REDD+ projects undermine peasant farming and real solutions to climate change

Posted on Oct 29, 2015

A new joint publication by GRAIN and the World Rainforest Movement (WRM) looks at the dangers for peasant communities from one of the main...

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International petition to save the malagasy farmers and local communities against new threats to their lands

Posted on Oct 16, 2015

The platform SIF and Collective TANY call on the Malagasy public opinion and all citizens worldwide to sign a petition to urge the...

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Let’s save malagasy farmers against new threats to their lands

Posted on Oct 16, 2015

  Ladies and gentlemen, The Platform of the Actors on Land – SIF – and the Collective for the Defense of Malagasy Lands – TANY...

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Logging concessions; basis of an industry, or political control?

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

Over the last two decades, massive tracts of virgin tropical forests have come under exploitation, in all three underdeveloped regions....

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Cambodia: Steps to Victory

Posted on Sep 16, 2015

  After several years of struggle, rural communities in the province of Oddar Meanchey, Cambodia, are seeing signs of victory. Three...

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Relaunching destruction in Papua: monoculture agriculture project threatens indigenous lands and livelihoods

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

.For the last five years, the people of Merauke Regency, in Indonesia’s southern Papua province, have been resisting a...

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Living on the run: devastation of the Ayoreos’ lives and land at the hands of livestock farmers

Posted on Aug 10, 2015

Indigenous Ayoreo protesting against inaction of the Government on illegal deforestation. © GAT Paraguay is currently the location of a...

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Latin America and EU Trade relationships – Animated video

Posted on Jun 9, 2015

de EU Latin America.This video explains how a trade relationship – mainly based on the extraction of raw materials – is...

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Agro-colonialism in the Congo – European and US development finance is bankrolling a new round of colonialism in the DRC

Posted on Jun 2, 2015

The report is authored by GRAIN and RIAO-RDC in collaboration with Fundación Mundubat, War on Want, Association Française...

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“Climate-smart agriculture”, at the service of carbon finance and multinational corporations

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture was launched on September 2014, at the UN Climate Summit in New York. This alliance is...

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Tropical Forestry Action Plan+30: The FAO and the World Bank are at the center of another false solution to the forest crisis: REDD and Climate Smart Agriculture

Posted on Apr 10, 2015

    30 years ago, during FAO’s World Forestry Congress in Mexico in June 1985, the Tropical Forestry Action Plan (TFAP)...

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How the industrial food system contributes to the climate crisis

Posted on Dec 21, 2014

The non-profit organization GRAIN has released an educational pamphlet that clearly demonstrates the fundamental role of the industrial...

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Brazil: Large landholders, the main cause of deforestation in the Amazon

Posted on Dec 9, 2014

A study conducted by the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) of Sweden reveals that deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, which had...

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Grassroots organizations in France alert the participants of the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Safety and Nutrition organized by FAO

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Confédération Paysanne, the French chapter of La Vía Campesina, Friends of the Earth France, and others, reaffirm that peasant...

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Paraguay: Transgenic soy and human rights violations. After the coup comes consolidation of the real power of transnational companies

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The rapid expansion of monocultures of transgenic soy in Paraguay – 95 per cent of which are covered by Monsanto patents – has left in...

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“NO to ProSavana” Campaign in Southern Africa

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

The Mozambique Union of Farmers, UNAC, a member of La Via Campesina, stressed during the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)...

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The forests not seen on picture post-cards: looking beyond the tropical belt

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

When it comes to ‘tropical forests,’ most studies, campaigns and policies focus on those located along the equator: the Amazon...

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Forests in Mozambique face extinction

Posted on Sep 4, 2014

Mozambique used to be rich in forests. Nowadays, not only can it not be considered a rich country, but its forests are also at risk of...

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“Climate Smart Agriculture” – The Commodification of soils in the Global South

Posted on Aug 4, 2014

In March this year, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international scientific body tasked with the responsibility...

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Hungry for land: small farmers feed the world with less than a quarter of all farmland

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

Small farmers and indigenous organizations around the world are confronting a deep reduction of the world’s farmland and the processes of...

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Large-scale infrastructure projects in forests: Constructing a base without a foundation

Posted on Jul 4, 2014

If you asked someone to list some of the main causes of rainforest deforestation, they would probably mention, for example, logging,...

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Peasants and Politics Virtual Special Issue

Posted on May 7, 2014

The Journal of Peasant Studies is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2013-14. Part of their series of initiatives to commemorate the...

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Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia

Posted on Sep 11, 2013

Agribusiness large-scale land acquisitions and human rights in Southeast Asia – Updates from Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines,...

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A brief overview of deforestation in tropical forests

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

1. Introduction UN climate negotiations have sparked a new wave of international interest in the fate of tropical forests. Their...

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The Dark Side of the Green – VIDEO

Posted on Mar 30, 2013

A movie of An BACCAERT, Nico MUÑOZ and Cristiano NAVARRO (Directors) Production of Directors – 2011 32 ‘ In the south region...

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Disputed territory: new video on the green economy versus community-based economies in southern Brazil

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

A story of the peoples of the Atlantic Forest in southern Brazil in a disputed territory where the green economy competes with community-based economies.

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Disputed Territory. The green economy versus community-based economies

Posted on Dec 11, 2012

Produced by the World Rainforest Movement Interviews: Winnie Overbeek Camera and Edition: Flavio Pazos. A story of the peoples of the...

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Brazil: Continued destruction of forests and biodiversity in the state of Acre, considered a model of the “Green Economy” in the Brazilian Amazon

Posted on Oct 30, 2012

  Over the last two decades, the Latin America and Caribbean region has lost 9% of its forest cover, primarily as a result of...

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Industrial Agriculture and Cattle-raising

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

Considered among the main direct causes of deforestation in tropical forest countries, these activities are most often destined for...

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Killings worldwide – the toll of land grabbing

Posted on Jul 30, 2012

Land grabbing is characterized by the acquisition of vast areas of land in countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia for a variety of...

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A Timorese Forest Struggle

Posted on Apr 30, 2012

How far would you go to protect your forest? Villagers from Pollo community in South Central Timor regency in Indonesia have set a...

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Agrocombustibles: Energía que extingue a la Pachamama

Posted on Sep 29, 2011

Only available in Spanish – Por Elizabeth Bravo y Nathalia Bonilla. Las nuevas políticas de agrocombustibles en el Ecuador...

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Argentina: Wichi and Guarani women raise their voices against deforestation linked to soybean expansion

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

According to a research paper produced by Daniel Slutzky from the Conicet Centre for Urban and Regional Studies quoted by journalist...

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Kenya: Projected sugar cane plantations may wipe out invaluable Tana River Delta

Posted on Aug 30, 2009

The Tana River Delta is one of the most important wetlands in Africa and among the largest and most important freshwater wetland systems of...

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Brazil: New legislation allows agribusiness to advance in the Amazon

Posted on Jul 30, 2009

On 9 July 2008 the Brazilian Senate adopted a provision by the Executive known as a “provisional measure,” subject to the subsequent...

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The clash of two worlds in the Peruvian Amazon

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

The Peruvian government chose the symbolic date of World Environment Day to launch a bloody attack on the peoples of the Amazon. The reason...

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Guatemala: sugarcane’s bitter consequences

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

In our country, one of the crops that has caused the most negative impacts from its start to the present day is sugarcane. The sugarcane...

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India: Jatropha plantations destroy the livelihoods of poor local communities

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

The plans for the establishment of jatropha plantations aimed at the production of biodiesel are based on the alleged availability of...

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The Round Table on Ir-Responsible Soy

Posted on Apr 30, 2008

Certifying Soy Expansion, GM Soy and Agrofuels ASEED Europe, Base Investigaciones Sociales, Corporate Europe Observatory, Grupo de...

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Coalition calls on NGOs to withdraw support to Responsible Soy Roundtable

Posted on Apr 17, 2008

Press Release – 17 April 2008, International Day of Peasant’s Struggle.  Asunción, Paraguay One week before the third meeting...

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The Dark Side of Agrofuels: Horror in the “Brazilian California”

Posted on Jul 23, 2007

By Raúl Zibechi. Source: Programa de las Américas – www.ircamericas.org Brazil is staking its claim as a great emerging power...

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In Defence of Food Severeignty and Biodiversity – We oppose a second “conquest of the desert” through biofuels

Posted on May 25, 2007

Fiske Menuco (General Roca), (see footnote)* The organisations and individuals who attended the First Patagonian Conference on Biofuels are...

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The ecological and social tragedy of crop-based biofuel production in the Americas

Posted on Mar 30, 2007

Miguel A Altieri, Professor of Agroecology, University of California, Berkeley Elizabeth Bravo, Red por una América Latina Libre de...

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Food security, poor farmers, and environmental impact are not often discussed when talking about bio-fuels

Posted on Mar 30, 2007

By Daniel Cassol, March 2007 – MST Informa – Revista Sem Terra (Ed. 38) The discussion around clean, renewable energy...

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Noticias del Cambio Climático, Nº 2 – Edited by Entrepueblos

Posted on Mar 30, 2007

  Only available in Spanish –  Durante más de una década los políticos y científicos al servicio de las grandes...

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Estados Unidos y Brasil: La nueva alianza etanol

Posted on Mar 5, 2007

Only available in Spanish –  Por Raúl ZibechiDesde que el proyecto del ALCA fracasó en la Cumbre de Mar del Plata, en noviembre...

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The direct and underlying causes of forest loss

Posted on Dec 17, 2002

Forests are one of the most valuable eco-systems in the world, containing over 60 per cent of the world’s biodiversity. This...

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