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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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Handbook On Agroecology: Farmer's Manual on Sustainable Practices

This Handbook on Agroecology: Farmers’ Manual on Sustainable Practices is third in the series of booklets on Agroecology for small and marginal farmers, brought out by the Focus on the Global South in partnership with the Rosa LuxembergStiftung (RLS), South Asia. 

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Making Agroecology Viable for Small Farmers: Experiences from the Field

This booklet is the second in the series on small and marginal farmers in India (following Where Have all the Small Farmers Gone?) and presents the advantages of agroecological practices.

We travelled far and wide to understand how farmers are growing what they want to grow, preserving indigenous varieties of seeds, eating nutritious and healthy food, increasing the quantity of their produce and making profits by selling in markets. 

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Access Delayed = Access Denied: Trade and Struggles for Access to Medicines

Access Delayed = Access Denied: Trade, Intellectual Property Rights and Peoples' Struggle for Access to Medicines in Southeast Asia

A report from Focus on the Global South and EU-ASEAN FTA Network - click to download PDF (3 MB)

 

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State of Fragmentation: The Philippines in Transition

We're pleased to announce the release of State of Fragmentation: The Philippines in Transition. The book is jointly published by Focus on the Global South and Friedrich Ebert Siftung and authored by: Walden Bello, Kenneth Cardenas, Jerome Patrick Cruz, Alinaya Fabros, Mary Ann Manahan, Clarissa Militante, Joseph Purugganan, and Jenina Joy Chavez.

A book launch was held in Manila on October 17, and photos are on our Facebook page.

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Keeping Land Local: Briefing Papers on Land Struggles, No. 3

Land Struggles III: Keeping Land Local

Announcing "Keeping Land Local: Reclaiming Governance from the Market," the third issue of the Briefing Paper Series on Land Struggles by Focus on the Global South, the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform, and Land Research Action Network. You can download a free PDF in high resolution or low resolution.

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Focus on the Global South Contributes to TNI's "Shifting Power" Reader

Focus on the Global South co-founder Walden Bello and staff members Pablo Solon, Afsar Jafri, Joseph Purugganan, and Dorothy Guerrero have contributed to a new reader from Transnational Institute (TNI) called "Shifting Power: Critical Perspectives on Emerging Economies." Their working papers examine BRICS and global trade, BRICS and global capitalism, and the changing role of China in the world economy.

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Economy for Life in Our Earth Community

This living document is a result of an extensive process led by the Social Movements for an Alternative Asia (SMAA), Gerak Lawan, La Via Campesina and the supporters of the #EndWTO Campaign. A draft document was written and circulated online before the #EndWTO Week of Action parallel to the 9th Ministerial of the World Trade Organization in Bali, Indonesia last December 2013.

Agricultural Investments in Southeast Asia: Legal tools for public accountability - Lessons from a workshop

As trade and investment flows rapidly increase across Southeast Asia, several countries have experienced a surge in large land deals for plantation agriculture. Against this backdrop, civil society organisations have been using a wider range of legal tools to promote public accountability in investment processes. These include scrutinising the negotiation of international treaties, challenging national legal frameworks, raising local awareness about rights, and testing approaches for local consultation and redress.

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Report: The WTO Bali Ministerial and the Doha Development Agenda: Assessing the Gains and Losses

A meeting organised on 17th December in New Delhi, on the recently concluded Ninth WTO Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia (3-7 December 2013), saw an analysis of the key issues and outcomes of the meeting and charting out elements of a possible agenda for broader civil society groups across the country. The event was jointly hosted by the South-South Knowledge Hub at ActionAid India, Focus on the Global South, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) and Third World Network. About 50 people participated in the meeting.

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Moving Forward: Study on the Impacts of the Implementation of Order 01BB in Selected Communities in Rural Cambodia

In late June and early July 2012, more than 1,000 student volunteers were dispatched to targeted provinces across the country, accompanied by officials from the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction (MLMUPC), to implement Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Order 01BB.  The student volunteers were trained in basic measurement techniques, kitted out with military uniforms bearing the MLMUPC’s logo, transported by army trucks, and directed to measure land and grant land certificates to rural residents.

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Derailers' Guide to the WTO and Free Trade Regime 2.0

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In November 2005, amidst preparations for heightening campaigns and actions across the globe in the lead up to the Hong Kong Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Focus on the Global South published a little campaign handbook called the Derailers' Guide to the WTO. 

Rethinking Regionalisms in Times of Crises

A collection of activists' perspectives from Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe

Editors: Gonzalo Berrón, Jenina Joy Chavez, Cecilia Olivet and Graciela Rodríguez

Publishers: Focus on the Global South, Transnational Institute, Instituto Eqüit, People's Agenda for Alternative Regionalisms.

With Articles from current and former Focus Staffers: Meena Menon, Jenina Joy Chavez, Afsar Jafri and Dorothy Grace Guerrero.

 

Publication: Learning from Our Roots

Focus on the Global South recently undertook a series of exploratory discussions with indigenous peoples, social movements and civil society organizations in Asia to see what can be learned about the concept of “Vivir Bien” as developed in South America; how similar concepts are practiced throughout Asian societies, and whether these concepts can provide feasible alternatives to the neoliberal model.

This publication is based on those discussions, which occurred in Thailand, India and the Philippines in the first months of 2013.

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