Category: Publications

Books, newsletters, papers produced by Focus or written by our staff members that you can download at this site or from our partners.

In the first half of 2019, a great deal of global attention focused on national elections in three countries where authoritarian regimes or personalities were in command of the state: Thailand, the Philippines, and India. The big question was: would voters buck the authoritarian trend or affirm it? …

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“Change is coming” was Duterte’s popular campaign slogan when he ran for the presidency in 2016. However, over the last three years, nothing has changed on the economic front as the administration reinforced the same neoliberal development paradigm that has only served to consolidate wealth in the h …

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Laos’ ambition to become the “battery” of Southeast Asia has led to a proliferation of hydropower dams around the country. Yet with these dams come significant socio-economic and environmental consequences that need to be considered when deciding whether to build them. In Laos, risks all too often t …

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LRAN Briefing Paper No. 4: New Challenges and Strategies in Defense of Land and Territory What is happening with the land and natural wealth around the world, and to the people who depend on them? How are people responding to these trends, threats, and challenges?In an attempt to tackle these questi …

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This publication provides a comprehensive analysis of the situation surrounding seeds–a central element of agricultural economy and of ecology. From being a commonly-held resource nurtured by farmers, corporate-driven scientific research, and intellectual property acquisitions have transformed seed …

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India is witnessing today a large-scale decline in agricultural workforce, a declining growth rate, and a shrinking share in the country’s GDP. This booklet describes the Indian State’s historical and contemporary agricultural policies that have aggravated the current rural agrarian crises. It argue …

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This case study report has been written to present and reflect on the Lor Peang land conflict with KDC International, from the perspective of the Lor Peang community activists. It utilizes information collected by the community and their supporters over the last 16 years and focuses on the events of …

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Complete title: SEZs and Value Extraction from the Mekong: A Case Study on the Control and Exploitation of Land and Labour in Cambodia and Myanmar’s Special Economic Zones This is the Burmese language version of our case study report on special economic zones in Cambodia and Myanmar, of the incentiv …

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This case study report documents the long struggle of the communities affected by the 315,000-hectare land concession of Pheapimex Company in Kampong Chhnang and Pursat provinces. It describes the 17-year history and impact of the land conflict from the time the concession was awarded in the year 20 …

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Members from Cambodia’s Action Research Teams (ART) network who come from fishing communities investigate and analyse illegal fishing in the Tonlé Sap, Cambodia’s ‘great lake’. As fishers from communities whose livelihood and survival depend on the Tonlé Sap’s bounty, members of ART the communities …

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