The Overseas Aid and Agrarian Reform Working Papers Series is a joint research initiative and publication of the Belgian Alliance of North-South Movements (11.11.11) and the Focus on the Global South-Philippines. Activist researchers from various non-governmental research institutions have come together to carry out this collective undertaking.
Our October highlights have to do with agriculture, food, land issues, climate change, rural women, agrarian reform--all things interconnected. Find out in our write-up on World Food day why almost a billion people had no reason to celebrate this occasion; get new information and insights into what's happening with peoples and communities affected by Clean Development Mechanism projects--has the mechanism really worked and for whom? This was taken up, and more, during the recent workshop that Focus on the Global South co-organized with CDM watch in heavily flooded Bangkok--it seems like nature also had a strong message to send to the organizers and participants of the workshop. Listen to and watch the interesting, in most parts passionate (can't expect anything less with activist women), exchanges during a forum on the state of Filipino women, in particular about rural women. Now, apart from the paper on CARPER we recently published through Focus Policy Review, you can also watch the discussions and dialogue during the forum on CARPER. And in relation to CARPER, a new broad coalition has been forged to strongly push the P-Noy's government to implement agrarian reform, specifically to do something about the Hacienda Luisita debacle
On World Food Day, it is estimated that almost a billion people around the world are now suffering from hunger and malnutrition - a dramatic rise in number since the soaring food prices over the last three years. Of these, about half are estimated to live in smallholder farming households, while roughly two-tenths are landless, another tenth are pastoralists, fisherfolk, and forest users, and the remainder live in the cities. This crisis of world hunger is set to deepen as livelihood resources such as land and water continue to be transferred from such groups to the financially powerful in ever larger areas and longer timeframes.
We want to report to you in this issue of FoP our September highlights—and it is interesting to note that what emerge as the main themes of our featured write-ups and videos are sovereignty, independence and freedom/s.
From August 9-11, 2010, Focus on the Global South, the Foundation for Ecological Recovery/TERRA, World Rainforest Movement (WRM), International Rivers, Bank Information Centre and the Thai Working Group on Climate Justice (TCJ), organised a workshop entitled “Food, Livelihoods and Climate Change in the Mekong Region”. The workshop was held at the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, and attended by 52 representatives of local networks and civil society organizations from Myanmar, Lao PDR, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and China.
IN THIS ISSUE: In Timor Leste, Bolivia and the Philippines, the peoples’ struggles for land, life and dignity highlight the universal obstacles they face, and the universal tenacity of hope.
Responsible Agricultural Investments: Rationalizing Land Grabbing
Care for the Earth, Care for the People
Ego Lemos talks with Shalmali Guttal
Marching for Land, Dignity and the proceso de cambio
The Deadline Nears: Can Government implement CARPER?
Press release from Focus on the Global South
Five years after the initial deployment, this report gathers the available information and evidence regarding this claim. It relies on publicly available information provided by US troops themselves who, in writing about their missions for military publications, have gone on record to describe their experiences in ways that cast their operation in a different light.
Using case studies from the manufacturing sector in India this paper aims to provide an understanding of the theoretical framework proposed by feminist economists on the process of economic liberalisation.