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The New Green Revolution

How Twenty-First-Century Science Can Feed the World

By Olivier De Schutter, Gaëtan Vanloqueren
Sunday 11 September 2011 by LRAN

Stakeholders trash draft Bill on land acquisition

Sunday 11 September 2011 by LRAN

The draft National Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation and Resettlement (NLARR) Bill-2011, which has been put in the public domain, has started drawing criticism from various quarters, especially from farmers.

Journal of Peasant Studies, Volume 38

Meeting the challenge of feeding the world and cooling the Earth

Jun Borras
Wednesday 20 July 2011 by LRAN

Two papers analysing the recent experience of Latin America, and Cuba in particular, support arguments that a shift from industrial-large scale farming to small-scale farming can bring environmental, economic and political benefits.

In March 2011, Olivier de Schutter, the UN Rapporteur for the Right to Food released a report: “Agro-ecology and the right to food” before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Based on an extensive review of recent scientific literature, the report demonstrates that agroecology, if sufficiently supported, can double food production in entire regions within 10 years while mitigating climate change and alleviating rural poverty.

1st Encounter of Agroecology Trainers in Africa

Region 1 of La Via Campesina
Wednesday 20 July 2011 by LRAN

Shashe Declaration
12-20 June 2011

Journal of Peasant Studies

Three decades of agrarian reform in Zimbabwe

Wednesday 20 July 2011 by LRAN

Sam Moyo The author is grateful for the research support provided by Ndabezinhle Nyoni, Walter Chambati, Charity Dangwa, Kingstone Mujeyi and Dumisani Siziba. Funding from the Norwegian Embassy and CIDA enabled the research. The author would also like to thank the very helpful anonymous reviewers.

Whose Lands? Whose Resources?

Wednesday 20 April 2011 by LRAN

ABSTRACT Shalmali Guttal looks at shifts in agriculture policy in Cambodia and Laos as governments aim to transform the structures of their agriculture towards greater commercialization and markets. She argues this has far reaching impacts on rural social structures, and rural peoples’ access to land and security of tenure.

KEYWORDS extractive development; biodiversity; farmers; monocrops; land acquisition

Introduction: Global Land Grabs: Investments, risks and dangerous legacies

Wednesday 20 April 2011 by LRAN

In their introduction to this journal issue, the Land Research Action Network warns that a new global wave of land grabbing is underway. The current trend of investments is triggered by the interrelated crises in food, finance, energy and climate that have been spurred by decades of corporate driven globalization,
neo-liberal policy regimes and natural resource exploitation. They argue that one positive outcome of the multiple crises is a renewed interest among peoples, academics, entrepreneurs, scientists and policymakers in alternative models of production, consumption and using energy and resources. They look forward to measures that will redistribute, protect and nurture land and water resources paving
the way for a new framework of governance of land and the natural commons, which puts local communities in control of their own territories and livelihoods.

KEYWORDS privatization; world bank; IAASTD; biodiversity; eco system; livelihoods


Biofuels, Mass Evictions and Violence

Annie Bird
Monday 18 April 2011 by LRAN

Press release: International Day of Peasant Struggles

Sunday 17 April 2011 by LRAN

“There can be no justifications for land grabbing!”
social movements and CSOs tell World Bank, UN agencies and governments
17 April 2011

Report submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter

Wednesday 30 March 2011 by LRAN

The reinvestment in agriculture, triggered by the 2008 food price crisis, is essential to the concrete realization of the right to food. However, in a context of ecological, food and energy crises, the most pressing issue regarding reinvestment is not how much, but how.

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