Category: Opinion/Analysis

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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This article is based on a forthcoming publication by Focus on the Global South, “Towards Human-Rights Based Tenure Governance in Asia: Perspectives, Challenges, and Strategies” Landlessness and land insecurity are serious global problems. A quarter of the world’s 1.1 billion poor population is esti …

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From the draft UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other people working in rural areas dated 12 February 2018. A peasant is any person who engages or who seeks to engage alone, or in association with others or as a community, in small-scale agricultural production for subsistence an/or for …

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By Joseph Purugganan Presentation delivered at the Regional Consultation, Training, and Meeting of La Via Campesina Collective on Human Rights, 27 March 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia On behalf of Focus on the Global South let me begin by commending all the hard work that has been put into the Declarati …

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2012 saw the shocking melt of the Arctic, leading our greatest climatologist to declare a ‘planetary emergency,’ and it saw weather patterns wreck harvests around the world, raising food prices by 40% and causing family emergencies in poor households throughout the world. That’s what happens with 0. …

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by Rebeca Leonardoriginally published in the BangkokPostThe governments of the world gather again to renew their commitment to sustainable development at the Rio+20 “Earth Summit”. While Thailand will claim to be taking action to promote sustainable development by protecting its forests, it will say …

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by Clarissa Militante“The Future We Want,” the text being discussed by governments for Rio+20, promotes rhetoric of empowering women but in reality, it not only disempowers them further, it also gives more rights and access to corporations. The basic step towards achieving women empowerment is …

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The Philippines is one of the great labor exporters of the world.  Some 10 per cent of its total population and 22 per cent its working age population are now migrant workers in other countries.  With remittances totaling some $20 billion a year, the Philippines places fourth as a recipien …

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I arrived in Athens on Kathari Thefthera or “clean Monday” — the first day of the Lenten fast. In contrast to the postcard photos of dazzling blue skies, bleached white facades and crowded plateies, Athens was windy, wet and cold. Few people were on the streets (because it was a holiday? because of …

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By Walden Bello* This article appeared originally in Foreign Policy in Focus, May 19, 2009 Will China be the “growth pole” that will snatch the world from the jaws of depression?             This is a question that has become a favorite topic as …

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