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This new edition of Nyeleni focuses on why and how "Forests, elds, hill/mountain slopes, wetlands and water bodies — which include rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and seas--are integral to the lives, cultures and economies of rural communities all over the world. They are crucial repositories of biodiversity and literally sustain life...and as spaces for knowledge and education..."-- from Shalmali Guttal's editorial. Ms Guttal, Executive Director of Focus, is the issue editor.

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.

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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.

Focus on the Global South and Save Agrarian Reform Alliance (SARA) are launching a documentary series on agrarian reform and land rights, dubbed, "Standing on Contentious Grounds: Stories of Hope, Struggle, and Resistance”. The series aims to document land reform, land rights struggles, and post-land distribution accounts that have yet to find successful endings but can already show better beginnings for farmer-beneficiaries.  The first of this series of accounts/stories was about the farmers at Hacienda Luisita and their 

Report of the Central Fact Finding Team’s visit to the Sardar Sarovar Project Submergence Areas in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, India on 9th – 10th May, 2015

This year marks 30 years of resilient struggle of the Narmada Bachao Andolan, which continues its battle to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of thousands of dalits, adivasis and other communities in the Narmada region, in the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.

Focus on the Global South Philippines participated in the first Agrarian Reform Youth Congress last weekend, which was attended by about 60 student leaders and grassroots rural youth and labor youth leaders from around the country.

The event was a product of the last two years of engagement and relationship building with the students of the two universities involved (University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila), and grassroots groups from the rural youth and labor sectors.

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