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COVID-19 Updates

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the world, close to four billion people in over 90 countries are under mandatory lockdowns. The virus has in its wake taken both tens of thousands of lives and millions of livelihoods. Countries continue to grapple with the challenges of testing, quarantines and lack of medical facilities and equipment. It is also evident that global trade and national economies will take a much worse battering than expected. Focus created this special section of the website to capture some of the impacts of COVID-19 in Asia

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Corporate-Controlled Global Food Supply Chains Must Go

The global food system has been very much front and center in the COVID-19 story. Everyone, of course, is aware that hunger is closely tracking the virus as its wreaks havoc in both the global North and global South. Indeed, one can say that, unlike in East Asia,...
COVID-19 Snapshots from Asia

COVID-19 Snapshots from Asia

Synthesis of Inputs and Testimonies of the Impacts of COVID-19 on Food Security in Asia Prepared for the CSM Global Synthesis Report on COVID-19. October 2020 Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has made visible the stark realities of long-standing, multi-generational...

COVID-19, Distorted Development, and Degrowth 

COVID-19, Distorted Development, and Degrowth 

The following paper was presented at the Chulalongkorn University Social Research Institute's Webinar "Sustainable Social and Economic Recovery after COVID-19" on September 17, 2020. What I’d like to do is focus on some economic vulnerabilities exposed by COVID-19 and...

Collective struggle, collective strength

Collective struggle, collective strength

By Galileo de Guzman Castillo, Joseph Purugganan, and Bianca Martinez As we commemorate today the International Day of Peace, let us all stand in solidarity with various peoples’ movements and learn from the grassroots communities the importance of analyzing the roots...

Our disease is landlessness

Our disease is landlessness

Cambodian farmer Oum Samorl and her family lost their farm to a corporate land grab 15 years ago. They have never stopped feeling the loss, especially during the pandemic. Oum Samorl remembers the day in June 2006 when tractors invaded her family’s farm in Cambodia’s...

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