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The most recent articles

The dilemma of land grabs and the implications for sustainability

Development volume 54.1 out now!
Wednesday 2 March 2011 by LRAN

The Campesino-to-Campesino agroecology movement of ANAP in Cuba

Thursday 20 January 2011 by LRAN
Agroecology has played a key role in helping Cuba survive the crisis caused by the collapse of the socialist bloc in Europe and the tightening of the US trade embargo. Cuban peasants have been able to boost food production without scarce and expensive imported agricultural chemicals by first (...)

Practices of the Zapatistas and the Movimento Sem Terra

Participatory Democracy in Action

by Amory Starr, María Elena Martínez-Torres, and Peter Rosset
Monday 10 January 2011 by LRAN

Participatory democracy has been studied as an auxiliary to state processes and as an institutional and cultural part of social movements. Studies of the use of participa- tory democracy by the Zapatistas of Mexico and the Movimento Sem Terra (Landless Movement—MST) of Brazil show a shared concern with autonomy, in particular avoidance of demobilization through the clientelism and paternalism induced by gov- ernment programs and political parties. Both movements stress training in democracy (the experience of “being government”) and the obligation to participate. Detailed examination of their governance practices may be helpful to communities building democratic movements in other places.

Keywords: Democracy, Social movements, Governance, Zapatistas, Movimento Sem Terra, MST

Newsletter / Lettre d’information U.N. Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Monday 20 December 2010 by LRAN

Here is the latest news from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter. You will find more information on our website: http://www.srfood.org/index.php/en

Vous trouverez ci-dessous l’actualité du Rapporteur spécial des Nations Unies sur le droit à l’alimentation, Olivier De Schutter. Plus d’info vous attend sur son site web http://www.srfood.org/index.php/fr .

Jakarta, September 2010

Sustainable Peasant and Family Farm Agriculture Can Feed the World

Via Campesina Views
Monday 20 December 2010 by LRAN
The 2008 world food price crisis, and more recent price hikes this year, have focused attention on the ability of the world food system to “feed the world.” In La Vía Campesina, the global alliance of peasant and family farm organizations, we believe that (...)

By Juan Reardon

From Agribusiness to Agroecology?

An Analysis of Venezuela’s Nationalization of AgroIsleña
Tuesday 23 November 2010 by LRAN

Land Gabbing : Action de Via Campesina au siège de la FAO

Tuesday 23 November 2010 by LRAN
Land Gabbing : Action de Via Campesina au siège de la FAO Cargado por Confederation_paysanne


The World Food Crisis: Causes and Solutions

Tuesday 23 November 2010 by LRAN
“The World Food Crisis: Causes and Solutions” by Peter Rosset from MHC MCGI on Vimeo.

by Amy Miller

Farmland Frontier

New wave of agricultural land-grabs reaches Canada
Tuesday 23 November 2010 by LRAN

Number 2

Defending the Commons, Territories and the Right to Food and Water

LRAN Briefing Paper Series October 2010
Tuesday 26 October 2010 by LRAN

On World Food Day, 16th October 2010, it is estimated that almost a billion people around the world are now suffering from hunger and malnutrition - a dramatic rise in number since the soaring food prices over the last three years. Of these, about half are estimated to live in smallholder farming households, while roughly two-tenths are landless, another tenth are pastoralists, fisherfolk, and forest users, and the remainder live in the cities.

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