Category: The Commons

The Commons encompass access, rights and governance of land, forests, water and other natural, social and economic wealth in South and Southeast Asia. Across the region, local populations in rural and urban areas are experiencing both erosion and capture of the commons, spurred by industrial agriculture, extractive industry, large infrastructure, property and real estate booms, urbanization, bio-piracy, replacement of indigenous seeds by genetically engineered varieties, and commodification and financialization of nature. Read more

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Focus is pleased to release online its newest publication Repormang Agraryo at Pagbabago? Narratives on Agrarian Conflicts, Transitions, And Transformation; the launch of the book edition took place on September 11, 2018 in Quezon City, Philippines. More than four decades of agrarian reform—from the …

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Save the Mekong press release and statement Media Contacts: Nguy Thi Khanh, Green ID | [email protected] Shalmali Guttal, Focus on the Global South | [email protected] Wora Suk, Thai ETO Watch | [email protected] Friday 24 August: Save the Mekong, a coalition of non-government orga …

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Fishing workers, through the very nature of their work, are especially vulnerable to human trafficking as well as forced, bonded and slave labour, operating as they do in isolated and hazardous conditions. To protect this vulnerable group, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has established …

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In commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Focus on the Global South, presents the video documentary, “Sulagad: Our Life, Our Future” Sulagad is the indigenous concept on food sovereignty and agroecology realized by the Téduray and the Lambangian indigenous peoples …

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Save the Mekong, a coalition of non-government organizations, community-based groups and concerned citizens within the Mekong region, wish to express our shock and concern at the recent collapse of the Xe Pian – Xe Nam Noy hydropower project in Laos, and our deep condolences to communities affected …

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Focus on the Global South, the ETC Group and Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute (CUSRI) are organizing a Forum on Corporate Concentration in Food and Agriculture; Implications on Food Sovereignty in South East Asia on 24 July. Venue: The Political Science Alumni C …

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New digital publication OUT NOW!! This new publication compiles articles, songs, videos and visual contents created and gathered for the International Day of Peasants’Struggles 2018.  To read it online, please click here.

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By Afsar Jafri The initiative of La Via Campesina, largest peasant movement on earth comprising more than 182 organizations from 81 countries, for a United Nation Declaration on Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural areas will soon be a reality. At the conclusion of 5th …

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This paper summarizes the discussions that took place in a meeting of representatives from peasant, fisher folk, indigenous peoples and rural women’s organizations, and civil society organizations (CSOs),  in Bangkok Thailand, 26-28 September 2017. The main aim of the gathering was to foster learnin …

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Seeds are the lifeblood of agriculture. In the wake of increasing corporate control of seeds— where only 3 companies (Monsanto, DuPont/Pioneer, and Syngenta now control close to 60 percent of the global commercial seed market—States are duty-bound to respect, protect and fulfil the Peasants’ right t …

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