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.
What exactly is the climate change crisis? How does it affect us? Are we causing it? How? How is it going to affecting our land, water, food and lifestyle? Can we anything about it? How? Why is the practice of agroecology so important in addition to clean energy?
This Handbook on Agroecology: Farmers’ Manual on Sustainable Practices is third in the series of booklets on Agroecology for small and marginal farmers, brought out by the Focus on the Global South in partnership with the Rosa LuxembergStiftung (RLS), South Asia.
This booklet is the second in the series on small and marginal farmers in India (following Where Have all the Small Farmers Gone?) and presents the advantages of agroecological practices.
We travelled far and wide to understand how farmers are growing what they want to grow, preserving indigenous varieties of seeds, eating nutritious and healthy food, increasing the quantity of their produce and making profits by selling in markets.
We are pleased to present our 2014 Annual Report.
The year 2014 brought many challenges across the South and South East Asia region. In Thailand, the military seized power in May after months of political upheaval and protests. The junta imposed several orders and declared martial law that inhibited the public space for social movements and non-state actors, including the ability for community-based organizations, such as Focus, to continue activities for social justice.
Access Delayed = Access Denied: Trade, Intellectual Property Rights and Peoples' Struggle for Access to Medicines in Southeast Asia
A report from Focus on the Global South and EU-ASEAN FTA Network - click to download PDF (3 MB)
We're pleased to announce the release of State of Fragmentation: The Philippines in Transition. The book is jointly published by Focus on the Global South and Friedrich Ebert Siftung and authored by: Walden Bello, Kenneth Cardenas, Jerome Patrick Cruz, Alinaya Fabros, Mary Ann Manahan, Clarissa Militante, Joseph Purugganan, and Jenina Joy Chavez.
A book launch was held in Manila on October 17, and photos are on our Facebook page.
Land Struggles III: Keeping Land Local
Announcing "Keeping Land Local: Reclaiming Governance from the Market," the third issue of the Briefing Paper Series on Land Struggles by Focus on the Global South, the Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform, and Land Research Action Network. You can download a free PDF in high resolution or low resolution.