The Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition launches 'When Food Becomes Immaterial: Confronting the Digital Age”,  a report exploring the impact of technologies on what and how we eat, as well as on how food is produced. Shalmali Guttal contributes a chapter to this annual report, examining the situation and dynamics of food retail in the world's second most populous country, especially recent goverment policies that open up the food retail market to foreign investors.

Walden Bello traces the rise of the present-day Hindu nationalist movement from its marginal origins at the time of Indian independence to its formidable present domination of the political landscape.

The author traces the roots and roles of the torch bearers of the Hindutva movement -- a political party, a vanguard organuzation, and a militant mass movement --  which have drastically changed from the political mechanisms and ideals of post-Independence India and the erstwhile dominant party, Congress.

Guided by its overarching three-year workplan, Focus organized, conducted, and implemented its work in the context of two major challenges in Asia: the deepening of neoliberalism and the intensification of fascist and authoritarian rule in Asian states.
Deepening neoliberalism is marked by growing landlessness in South and Southeast Asia, even in countries such as the Philippines, which has been implementing a land distribution program for the last 30 years. 

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.

Focus on the Global South releases the 4th edition of Focus Newsletter, which tackles the issue of democracy in Asia and its different facets--elections, constitutions, (extreme) nationalism, populism, majoritarian rule, press freedom. Why democracy? As our editorial says: "Across South and Southeast Asia, concepts of democracy, justice, and human rights are facing contestation, re-interpretation, and selective application." Through this edition of the newsletter, we hope to contribute not only to discourse but also to the shaping of solutions & alternatives.

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is currently being negotiated between 16 countries in the Asia and Pacific regions. It includes China, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other key trading nations such as Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan and India.

Over 50% of the world’s population lives in the countries party to RCEP, which account for over a quarter of global exports and almost 30% of the world’s GDP.

"I feel unsafe. I always lose things, even clothes. Clothes get stolen when being dried. If we have money to buy good (valuable) things and keep them in the room, we have to be watchful."

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.

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 learning on how to use the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT or Tenure Guidelines), with the broader goal of advancing human rights-based tenure governance in Asia.

ឯកសារនេះបង្ហាញពីទិដ្ឋភាពទូទៅនៃនិន្នាការវិនិយោគនៅក្នុងតំបន់ទន្លេមេគង្គ ពីការផ្លាស់ប្តូរច្បាប់ និងគោលនយោបាយ ដែលបានធ្វើឡើងដើម្បីសម្របសម្រួលដល់ការវិនិយោគខ្នាតធំរបស់អន្តរជាតិ និងក្នុងស្រុក និងបង្ហាញពីផលប៉ះពាល់នៃការវិនិយោគបែបនេះ ទៅលើតំបន់សេដ្ឋកិច្ចពិសេស (SEZs) ជាពិសេសទៅលើលក្ខខណ្ឌរស់នៅ និងលក្ខខណ្ឌការងាររបស់កម្មករ នៅក្នុងតំបន់សេដ្ឋកិច្ចពិសេសទាំងនេះ។ ឯកសារនេះ ផ្តល់ជូននៅការវិភាគបែបស៊ីជម្រៅមួយទៅលើទំហំ និងប្រភេទផ្សេងៗនៃការវិនិយោគខ្នាតធំ នៅក្នុងតំបន់ ហើយនឹងពីរបៀបដែលការវិនិយោគទាំងនេះធ្វើឲ្យនិយោគិនខ្នាតធំមានបុព្វសិទ្ធ ជាងប្រជាជនក្នុងស្រុក និងលុបលើប្រយោជន៍សាធារណៈ។