News, Analysis and research on Land Reform and Agrarian Change around the world
Are Indians just violent people, or what? Are the Zapatistas violent? There is a heck of a lot of confusion surrounding violence in Chiapas. To help clear up misunderstandings about what is going on, I offer this brief guide to better understanding.
Simply giving people food is not enough to prevent famine, says Peter Rosset. Instead, we need to overhaul the policies that have upended the food supply.
The transnational rural social movement La Vía Campesina has been critically sustained and shaped by the encounter and diálogo de saberes (dialog among different knowledges and ways of knowing) between different rural cultures (East, West, North and South; peasant, indigenous, farmer, pastoralist and rural proletarian, etc.) that takes place within it, in the context of the increasingly politicized confrontation with neoliberal reality and agribusiness in the most recent phase of capital expansion.
(Harare, 23 September 2013) La Vía Campesina, GRAIN and ETC welcome a new UNCTAD report which states that farming in rich and poor nations alike should shift from monoculture towards greater varieties of crops, reduced use of fertilizers and other inputs, greater support for small-scale farmers, and more locally focused production and consumption of food. More than 60 international experts contributed to the report, launched last week.
We have recently published exciting and cutting-edge articles on global burning agrarian issues, as well as several special issues: • ‘Critical Perspectives in Agrarian Change and Peasant Studies’ (2009) • ‘Biofuels, Land and Agrarian Change’ guest edited by Phil McMichael and Ian Scoones (2010) • ‘New Frontiers of Land Control’ guest edited by Nancy Peluso and Christian Lund (2011) • ‘Green Grabbing: a New Appropriation of Nature?’ guest edited by James Fairhead, Melissa Leach & Ian Scoones (2012) • ‘The New Enclosures: Critical Perspectives on Corporate Land Deals’ guest edited by Ben White, Wendy Wolford & Ruth Hall (2012)
In the present volume we provide some of the key documents produced over these past five years, which give a feel for both the political struggle to defend sustainable peasant agriculture and the practical process of supporting the agroecology processes being carried out by member organizations and regions.