News, Analysis and research on Land Reform and Agrarian Change around the world
This report aims to contribute to a better understanding of the implications of soybean production. To that end, it compiles and analyzes specific data on land and pesticide use in the main soybean producing countries of the Southern Cone of South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
This document is based on statistics that has been generated by national official bodies, specialized institutions, and organizations that produce first hand data on soybean cultivation. Statistics from the United Nations Program on Food and Agriculture (FAO) and complementary information reported in published literature have also been included.
The findings of this report points out the more comprehensive analysis of the implications of soybean cultivation is required to assess the real ecological and social costs of its production in the Americas.
We have been meeting here in Bukit Tinggi, West Sumatra, Indonesia, from July 10 to 15, 2012, for the International Workshop and Seminar "Agrarian Reform and Defense of Land and Territory in the 21st Century: The Challenge and the Future," convened by La Via Campesina and the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform, in the midst of a global emergency caused by the multiple crises of food, climate, finance, poverty and unemployment. We have been evaluating our strategies and lessons learned during the last two decades of struggles for agrarian reform, and the defense of the lands and territories of our peoples.
Opening Pandora’s Box: The New Wave of Land Grabbing by Extractive Industries and the Devastating Impact on Earth, was launched in Westminster on Wednesday 29th February
Urge government to review other SDOs and
distribute other landholdings under CARPER
Zimbabwe’s land reform since 2000 has been intensely controversial. Overturning the settler colonial pattern of land use and creating a new agrarian structure has had far-reaching consequences.
Yet the debate about what happened, where and to who has too often been shallow and ill-informed, and not based on solid empirical evidence from the field.
This website presents material linked to an on-going research project in Masvingo province in the south-east of the country. This has involved a detailed study of what happened to people’s livelihoods after land reform, across 16 land reform sites and 400 households.
When Cuba faced the shock of lost trade relations with the Soviet
Bloc in the early 1990s, food production initially collapsed due to the
loss of imported fertilizers, pesticides, tractors, parts, and petroleum.
The situation was so bad that Cuba posted the worst growth in per
capita food production in all of Latin America and the Caribbean.
But the island rapidly re-oriented its agriculture to depend less on
imported synthetic chemical inputs, and became a world-class case
of ecological agriculture.1 This was such a successful turnaround that
Cuba rebounded to show the best food production performance in
Latin America and the Caribbean over the following period, a remark-
able annual growth rate of 4.2 percent per capita from 1996 through
2005, a period in which the regional average was 0 percent.