In February 2015, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Dr. Hilal Elver, visited the Philippines and met with government agencies as well as civil society organizations and social movement groups representing the marginalized sectors of the country. This report documents the meeting between her and these organizations during which the latter presented a 9-point agenda for the fulfillment of the right to food.
Here is the latest Focus on the Global South newsletter tackling the most important issues in COP 21, and beyond.
20 November 2015
We all want action on climate change, but what does that action mean? Will it be effective, will it be fair, and are the Paris climate talks going to deliver that action?
15 October 2015
As we approach the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review, Focus and our partners are proud to present the UPR Stakeholder Joint Submission to Human Rights Council on the Thailand.
The joint submission was conducted by members of FTA Watch, Justice for Peace Foundation (JPF) and Land Watch Working Group (LWWG). The report covers on key issues in respect to human rights norms and obligations:
(a) Right to land and natural resources
(b) Access to justice
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.
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 ?
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ginawa ang komiks na ito upang mas maipalaganap ang mga pagsasaliksik na ginawa ng Focus tungkol sa mga isyung kaugnay ng tubig. Maaari itong gamitin sa mga gawaing pang-edukasyon sa pamayanan, sa LGU at sa mga CSOs.