Publications

This publication provides a comprehensive analysis of the situatiation surrounding seeds, which are 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 acquisitionshave transformed seeds into a highly valuable commodity out of reach by the common farmer. Global economic development programs and free trade agreements have driven national agriculture programs that imposed the use of commercial seed varieties dominating the modern agricultural economy.

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 the conflict and the resistance actions taken by the com- munity.

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 2000. The experience was documented by representatives of affected communities as an opportunity for reflection on the challenges and successes that have shaped the communities’ advocacy and resistance.provide

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 decided to undertake research to explain the reality and impact of illegal fishing on fishing communities around the lake in Kampong Chhnang, Pursat and Battambang Provinces.

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 organization, 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.

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.

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.

Agriculture has been the driving force for India’s economy. At one point farming was even considered to be one of the most respectable job an individual could have. However, with the shift from zero budget farming to the rapid commercialisation of agriculture, many farmers have found themselves displaced or stuck in a vicious circle of debt trap.

For majority of peasants and indigenous people in India and around the world, climate change is a dreadful reality that has drastically altered their and rendered them vulnerable to hunger, poverty and deprivation. Even at the best of times, millions of them live on the edge, surviving on paltry income. Climate change has forced many to go hungry, abandon or sell their meagre land holdings, force them to migrate to urban slums searching for work.

India was the second country in the world to introduce the Green Revolution. Punjab, Uttar  Pradesh and West Bengal were the three States wherein Green Revolution was initially  introduced, focusing on; high yielding variety seeds (basically wheat and rice), pesticides and fertilizers. Double cropping was also introduced as a main feature of the green revolution, since India was traditionally a single crop farming country. Up until then, as the Indian agricultural system was mainly dependent on monsoon for irrigation, one crop per year was quite the norm.

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