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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


18-19 September 2014, Rome, Italy

Logs and Patronage: Systematic illegal logging and the destruction of state forests and protected areas in Rattanakiri and Stung Treng Provinces, Cambodia (Global Capitalism)

The NGO Forum on Cambodia
Thursday 11 February 2016 by LRAN

This report presents results of research into the destruction of forests and natural resources in Rattanakiri and Stung Treng Provinces, Cambodia. Over a number of months the researchers collected evidence and legal documentation, often working under dangerous and life-threatening conditions to record the activities of the luxury timber trade. The report has special relevance in light of recent pronouncements about preventing illegal logging in Cambodia.

Cuba: Multimedia Peasant School-an audiovisual tool to scale up agroecology (Agrarian Reform)

Wednesday 9 December 2015 by LRAN

The AsociaciNational Assoctaion of Small Farmers of Cuba (ANAP), La Via Campesina International (LVC) and the Komanilel Collective, are pleased to present this virtual video course, "Multimedia Peasant School; an audiovisual tool to scale up agroecology”.

Media Coverage on Foreign Pensions Funds and Land Grabbing in Brazil (Global Capitalism)

Saturday 14 November 2015 by LRAN

English, French and Swedish sources

NYT: TIAA-CREF, U.S. Investment Giant, Accused of Land Grabs in Brazil (Global Capitalism)

Saturday 14 November 2015 by LRAN

As an American investment giant that manages the retirement savings of millions of university administrators, public school teachers and others, TIAA-CREF prides itself on upholding socially responsible values, even celebrating its role in drafting United Nations principles for buying farmland that promote transparency, environmental sustainability and respect for land rights.

Revista Mural Internacional, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). V 5, June 2014.

Financial capital and land speculation in Brazil (Global Capitalism)

Fábio T. Pitta and Maria Luisa Mendonça
Saturday 8 November 2014 by LRAN

Keywords: Industrialization of agriculture, financial capital, international market,
debt crisis.

The Current State of Agrarian Reform in the Philippines

Narratives of Land (Agrarian Reform)

By Mary Ann Manahan
Saturday 8 November 2014 by LRAN

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