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.
by Rebeca Leonard
This is a report of the workshop that was organised to widen the discussion on the concepts and critiques of the REDD programme (Programme for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) to coincide with meetings of the UNFCCC in Bangkok from 3-8 April 2011. Around 55 participants gathered together from Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, India, Nepal, and Japan. This included around 30 from local or regional NGOs, around 10 participants from indigenous peoples groups, and around 10 from peoples’ networks in Thailand.
China-Japan-South Korea FTA Accelerated
Chinese Prime Minister Wen, Jia-Bao announced the completion of the joint studies on the Japan-China-South Korea free trade agreement this year. The announcement was made during the fourth Japan-China-South Korea Leader’s Summit held in Tokyo on May 22. In the meeting, China pushed for the trade negotiation to be started next year while all the investment pacts negotiations will be completed this year.