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Omar Felipe Giraldo & Peter M. Rosset

Agroecology as a territory in dispute (Agrarian Reform)

between institutionality and social movements
Monday 6 November 2017 by LRAN

Agroecology is in fashion, and now constitutes a territory in dispute between social movements and institutionality. This new conjuncture offers a constellation of opportunities that social movements can avail themselves of to promote changes in the food system. Yet there is an enormous risk that agroecology will be co-opted, institutionalized, colonized and stripped of its political content.



David Meek, Katharine Bradley, Bruce Ferguson, Lesli Hoey, Helda Morales, Peter Rosset, Rebecca Tarlau

Food sovereignty education across the Americas (Food Sovereignty)

multiple origins, converging movements
Monday 6 November 2017 by LRAN

Social movements are using education to generate critical consciousness regarding the social and environmental unsustainability of the current food system, and advocate for agroecological production. In this article, we explore results from a cross-case analysis of six social movements that are using education as a strategy to advance food sovereignty.



TIAA tied to deforestation and displacement of farmers, environmentalists claim in new report (Global Capitalism)

Wednesday 10 May 2017 by LRAN

WASHINGTON D.C. – According to a report released today by leading environmental and social justice advocates, the investment management firm TIAA is leading a trend of speculating in land markets, which drives up farmland prices and displaces family farmers in the US and in Brazil.



Special Edition on the International Day of Peasants’ Struggles (Global Capitalism)

Focus on the global south
Tuesday 2 May 2017 by LRAN

To mark the International Day of Peasants’ Struggles, Focus on the Global South releases this special edition that puts together articles on issues that small farmers and peasants continue to face. These pieces also highlight the different forms of resistance that farmers and peasants put up amidst these challenges.



An Overview of Large-Scale Investments in the Mekong Region (Agrarian Reform)

Wednesday 12 April 2017 by LRAN

Across the Mekong region, ‘development’ has become synonymous with rapid economic growth, to be achieved through predominantly large-scale, private investments. The development model promoted by the region’s governments prioritizes trade and investment liberalization, and privatization. Private investment is sought in virtually every sector of the economy from energy, oil, minerals, agriculture and food processing to education, health, tourism, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, transportation and urban infrastructure.



Amazon rainforest’s final frontier under threat from oil and soya (Global Capitalism)

Natural resources and development
Saturday 11 March 2017 by LRAN

In Brazil’s least developed state, Amapá, locals fear that government plans to increase soya and oil production will destroy the area – and their livelihoods



Brazil campaigners hail court decision canceling large land deal (News)

Chris Arsenault
Wednesday 20 July 2016 by LRAN

Campaigners in Brazil on Wednesday hailed a court decision to cancel a major land acquisition deal because investors had illegally acquired territory from small-scale farmers. A state court in Piaui in Brazil’s poor northeast issued an order canceling the deal for a tract of land larger than Los Angeles earlier this month.



The “Engine of Economic Growth”: An Overview of Private Investment Policies, Trends, and Projects in Cambodia (Global Capitalism)

By Mark Grimsditch. Edited by: Shalmali Guttal, Clarissa Militante, Julia Laki
Sunday 17 July 2016 by LRAN

Since the early 1990s, Cambodia has been heavily reliant on foreign aid. The Cambodian Government is seeking to reduce donor-dependence and increase self-reliance, aiming to lift the country to the status of higher middle-income country by 2030. This goal depends heavily on increasing private investment, and the Government has described the private sector as the “engine of economic growth” for Cambodia. It is therefore seeking to encourage both foreign and domestic investment in order to maintain current growth rates and facilitate continued development of the country.



International Financial Capital Targets Farmland in Brazil (Agrarian Reform)

Maria Luisa Mendonça
Monday 20 June 2016 by LRAN

Land speculation stimulates the expansion of plantations across Brazil, increasing land conflicts and displacement of campesino and Indigenous communities. Historically, Indigenous and peasant communities in Brazil have resisted against violence and displacement. Land concentration is a root cause of social and economic inequality, in a country where 1 percent of large landowners control over 90 percent of agricultural land. In the past 12 years, 390 Guarani Kaiowa Indigenous people were assassinated in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, where agribusiness corporations and local large landowners have expanded monocropping of commodities.



Organization and process social in bringing agroecology to scale (Sustainable Agriculture)

Peter M. Rosset El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Mexico, and La Via Campesina (LVC) San Cristobal de las Casa, Chiapas, Mexico
Monday 15 February 2016 by LRAN

AGROECOLOGY FOR FOOD SECURITY AND NUTRITION PROCEEDINGS OF THE
FAO INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

18-19 September 2014, Rome, Italy



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