Focus Policy Review: Understanding Land Grabbing, Land Rights in the 21st Century

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28 August 2015

Issues or problems associated with land have become more multi-layered in the 21st century.  In particular in the Philippine setting, a number of “pro-poor” land laws were enacted after the Marcos dictatorship. These laws were products of social movements’ struggles and mass movement assertions on land rights in a democratic set-up. The 1987 Constitution has a very strong social justice component, which recognizes the rights of farmers/peasants to land, of fisherfolk to traditional fishing ground, and of indigenous peoples (IPs) to ancestral lands.

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Climate Change and the Agriculture Crisis : Agroecology as a Solution

Climate Change and Agroecology

What exactly is the climate change crisis ? How does it affect us ? Are we causing it ? How ? How is it going to affecting our land, water, food and lifestyle ? Can we anything about it ? How ? Why is the practice of agroecology so important in addition to clean energy ? 

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Standing on Contentious Grounds Documentary Series

Focus on the Global South and Save Agrarian Reform Alliance (SARA) are launching a documentary series on agrarian reform and land rights, dubbed, "Standing on Contentious Grounds: Stories of Hope, Struggle, and Resistance”The series aims to document land reform, land rights struggles, and post-land distribution accounts that have yet to find successful endings but can already show better beginnings for farmer-beneficiaries.  The first of this series of accounts/stories was about the farmers at Haciend

Drowning A Valley: Destroying a Civilization - Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada River

Report of the Central Fact Finding Team’s visit to the Sardar Sarovar Project Submergence Areas in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, India on 9th – 10th May, 2015

This year marks 30 years of resilient struggle of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, which continues its battle to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of thousands of dalits, adivasis and other communities in the Narmada region, in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

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Groups picket the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) in Geneva

Groups picketing outside of the Australian Permanent Mission in Geneva

Text and photo by Joseph Purgganan

Groups led by Geneva-based campaign against the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) held a picket today in front of the Australian Permanent Mission in Geneva where the TISA negotiations are being held.

The secret talks comes in the wake of the publication of Wikileaks over the last few days of chapters and annexes of the TISA text under negotiation.

Intergovernmental Working Group on the Binding Treaty for TNCs hurdles initial obstacles and adopts program of work to begin discussions

First day of the IGWG meeting

Text and photo by Joseph Purugganan

The intergovernmental working group (IGWG) mandated under the UN Human Rights Council Resolution 26/9 to spearhead the elaboration of a legally binding instrument on TNCs and human rights made initial strides yesterday with the unanimous election of Ambassador Maria Fernanda Espinosa of Ecuador as chairperson of the IGWG, and the adoption of the program of work for the first session of the open ended intergovernmental working group.

Social movements join together in Geneva to support a Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights

Joseph Purugganan, the head of our Philippines team, is in Geneva this week to join the mass mobilisations organised by the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity. Read the press statement below to find out more: 


Announcing our new Executive Director, Shalmali Guttal

Below is a letter from our Chairman, Surichai Wun'Gaeo:

1 June 2015

Dear all,

As many of you will have heard by now, we are sadly bidding farewell to Pablo Solon, who has been the Executive Director of Focus on the Global South since April 2012.  We at Chula, CUSRI and the region have benefited greatly from his presence.  Pablo will be returning to Bolivia at the end of May, but will continue to work on the same issues, so our paths will no doubt continue to cross.

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