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Practices of the Zapatistas and the Movimento Sem Terra

Participatory Democracy in Action

Amory Starr, María Elena Martínez-Torres, and Peter Rosset
Wednesday 13 February 2013 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

social process methodology in the construction of sustainable peasant agriculture and food sovereignty

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

Peter Michael Rosset, Braulio Machín Sosa, Adilen María Roque Jaime and Dana Rocío Avila Lozano
Wednesday 13 February 2013 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 (...)

Rural Social Movements and Agroecology: Context, Theory, and Process

Peter M. Rosset and Maria Elena Martínez-Torres
Wednesday 13 February 2013 by LRAN

Rosset, P. M., and M. E. Martínez-Torres. 2012. Rural social movements and agroecology: context, theory, and process. Ecology and Society 17(3): 17.

UNAC statement on the ProSavana Programme

Nampula, October 11th 2012
Wednesday 24 October 2012 by LRAN

We, peasants of the Provincial Nucleus of Peasants in Nampula, the Provincial Nucleus of Peasants in Zambezia, the Provincial Peasants Union of Niassa and the Provincial Union of Peasants of Cabo Delgado, and who are all members of the National Peasants’ Union (UNAC), met on the 11th of October 2012, in the town of Nampula with the aim of discussing and analyzing the ProSavana Programme.

Recent trends in the Sugarcane Industry


A report by the Network for Social Justice and Human Rights
Monday 15 October 2012 by LRAN

This article presents information on the latest trends in ethanol production in Brazil and their relation to the global economic crisis. We highlight the role of financial capital, its linkage to the territorial expansion of agribusiness and the impacts of this expansion on labour relations and disputes over the land of indigenous peoples and peasant farmers.

Land Not for Sale in Myanmar

Background Information
Friday 12 October 2012 by LRAN

Smallholder agriculture is the foundation of Myanmar’s culture, and the bedrock of the nation’s local and national economies as well as food security. The country’s poetry, literature and art all reflect the prominent role of rural farming life.

Statement by political parties and civil society

in response to the Second Commercial Farm Asia 11-12 Oct 2012, Yangon, Myanmar
Friday 12 October 2012 by LRAN
Statement by political parties and civil society in response to the Second Commercial Farm Asia 11-12 Oct 2012, Yangon, Myanmar While disputes over land tenure in the region are on-going and cannot be settled, the lease and disposal of land to outsiders must not be permitted. Proper (...)

Letter of Global Solidarity against Land Grabs in Burma/Myanmar

Friday 12 October 2012 by LRAN

9 October, 2012, Burma/Myanmar

The current reforms in Burma/Myanmar are worsening land grabs in the country. Since the mid-2000s there has been a spike in land grabs, especially leading up to the 2010 national elections. Military and government authorities have been granting large-scale land concessions to well-connected Burmese companies.

Occasional Paper 12: Lessons of Transparency from EITI

Monday 27 August 2012 by LRAN

Since first being announced a decade ago, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has been heralded as a revolutionary solution to corruption and related difficulties that extractive industries bring to developing countries. While it could be argued that the EITI provides information that can be useful for well-intentioned policy- makers and others, claims that the EITI provides levels of transparency that are needed to truly address corruption, let alone a device that can address larger problems presented by resource extraction, are grossly overstating EITI’s limited benefits. By limiting the discussion to transparency of government revenue and in-country company payments, EITI overlooks essential issues, from whether resource extraction is worth the human and environmental impacts, to how to distribute resource revenues.

Soybean Production in the Southern Cone of the Americas

Update on Land and Pesticide Use
Monday 30 July 2012 by LRAN

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.

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