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Contract Farming and the Model Lease Law: Backdoor entry for Corporations?

In this fourth and final video of the four part series on ‘Agricultural Markets in India’, Professor Sukhpal Singh, of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, lays out the basic conceptions around, and different models, of contract farming in India. Singh also elaborates on the Model Lease Law proposed by the Indian Government, underlining its motivation to deregulate tenancy markets.  The video has been produced by Newsclick, in collaboration with Focus on the Global South

India’s e-NAM (National Agricultural Market) scheme: Bane or Boon?

In this third video of the four part series on ‘Agricultural Markets in India’, Dr. Sudha Narayanan from the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR) explains the National Agricultural Market or e-NAM scheme rolled out by the Indian Government. Narayanan also assesses the efficacy of e-NAM based on her field work in Karnataka. The video has been produced by Newsclick, in collaboration with Focus on the Global South .

Agricultural Markets in India : A Case of Misplaced Reforms

In this second video of a four part series on ‘Agricultural Markets in India’, Professor Vikas Rawal of the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning (CESP) at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi contextualises agricultural commodity markets within the overall production system. He presents a critique of the over emphasis on agricultural market reforms and pricing policy rather than focusing on aspects of production and productivity to raise farmers’ incomes. His presentation touches upon the constraints that Indian farmers face as compared to their counterparts in other countries with respect to profits.The video has been produced by Newsclick and Focus on the Global South, in collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – South Asia

Changing Dynamics in Indian Agricultural Markets

This is the first of a four part series where Professor Abhijit Sen, former member of the Planning Commission, talks about the evolution of agricultural market reforms in India. He situates agricultural markets within the context of the agrarian crisis and provides a broad history of the policy shifts that have taken place to counter it. He links the approaches to agricultural markets in India, within the global neoliberal economic trend since the 1990s. The recent shifts in policies have taken place on two counts, firstly, to move agricultural marketing from the states to the Centre and secondly, to repeal the Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC) Acts in favour of greater deregulation.The video has been produced by Newsclick and Focus on the Global South, in collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – South Asia

Climate Change and Urban Transport in India

Are electric vehicles a lasting solution to climate change? Professor Geetam Tiwari from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi speaks on urban transport policy in India and debunks the myth of low carbon transport alone being efficient in terms of climate solutions. Tiwari argues that transport systems need to be more holistic, looking at aspects such as the number of people using different modes, cost of travel and the distance covered. This video is jointly produced by Focus on the Global South, NewsClick. and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

The Global Climate Crisis: Are Movements Stepping Up?

How severe is the climate crisis and what are the structural factors exacerbating it? Nagraj Adve, of the Climate Crisis Group –Delhi, points to equitable pathways to mitigate the crisis that do not undermine the developmental needs of developing countries. He discusses the new breed of climate activism represented by Greta Thunberg and the Extinction Rebellion, and whether we see an incipient climate movement in India. He underlines that a revival of the Left is fundamental to combat the climate crisis. This video is jointly produced by Focus on the Global South, NewsClick. and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

Climate Change: India’s International and Domestic Challenges

How do India’s global commitments and domestic policies towards mitigating the climate crisis fare? D Raghunandan of the All India Peoples’ Science Network (AIPSN) discusses the inequity and inadequacy of the Paris Agreement to tackle the global climate crisis. He also addresses the climate challenges facing India, and the urgency of building resilience. The video underlines the need for dialogue amongst civil society and peoples movements in the north and south to build a common understanding for a just and equitable solution to the climate crisis. This video is jointly produced by Focus on the Global South, NewsClick. and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

RCEP: The Meaning of India’s Exit

On November 4, at the 3rd RCEP Summit in Nonthabhuri, Prime Minister Modi chose to pull India out of the 16 nation mega trade treaty. The RCEP, touted as the world’s largest Free Trade Agreement (FTA) has been under negotiation for the past 7 years. What drove India to take this drastic step and what is the way forward in terms of addressing the crisis of Indian agriculture and manufacturing?

In this Newsclick video, Benny Kuruvilla from Focus on the Global South spoke with trade expert, Prof. Biswajit Dhar from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi and Ranja Sengupta, senior economist with the Third World Network. The panel also addresses the need for the urgent democratisation of trade policy making processes in the country.

Trade Wars and the Economic Slowdown: Where does India Stand

Focus on the Global South and Third World Network, in collaboration with Newsclick co-organized a roundtable discussion on the fraught economic realities of global trade. With India due to join the mega free trade agreement called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), what will be its impact on various sectors and how can India best navigate the current slowdown?

video via Newsclick

No to RCEP — The People’s Voices/សម្លេងប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ

Cambodians–including farmers, women, workers and civil society–express their concern and opposition to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) free trade agreement.

“សម្លេងប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ” គឺជាវីឌេអូឯកសារខ្លីផលិតឡើងជាផ្នែកមួយនៃសម្លេងប្រជាជនរួមមាន កសិករ ស្ត្រី កម្មករ និងអង្គការសង្គមស៊ីវិល ដើម្បីបង្ហាញពីក្តីបារម្ភចំពោះបញ្ញាតិ្តមួយចំនួនដែលមាននៅក្នុង“កិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងភាពជាដៃគូសេដ្ឋកិច្ចទូលំទូលាយថ្នាក់តំបន់ (RCEP)” ដែលមានដូចជា ជំពូកស្តីអំពីវិនិយោគ សេវាកម្ម កម្មសិទ្ធិបញ្ញា យន្តការដោះស្រាយជម្លោះរវាងអ្នកវិនិយោគនិងរដ្ឋ និងផលប៉ះពាល់របស់ RCEP មកលើគ្រាប់ពូជ ស្បៀងអាហារនិងសិទ្ធិរបស់កសិករ។ ជាផ្នែកមួយនៃប្រជាជន សហគមន៍មូលដ្ឋាន កម្មករ ស្រ្តី កសិករ និង សង្គមស៊ីវិល ពួកយើងអំពាវនាវអោយរដ្ឋាភិបាលនៃព្ររាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា ទទួលយកនូវសំណើររបស់ពួកយើងក្នុងការផ្អាកនៃកិច្ចចរចា RCEP និង ធ្វើការពិគ្រោះយោបល់ជាមួយនឹងប្រជាជនមូលដ្ឋាន សហគមន៍ និង សង្គមស៊ិវិលអោយបានស៊ីជម្រៅមុននឹងធ្វើការសម្រេចចិត្តក្នុងការចូលរួមឬអនុម័ត RCEP ។

Video via Social Action for Community and Development (SACD); in Khmer with English subtitles

Women in Agriculture: Challenges and Way Ahead


What are some of the challenges faced by women in agriculture in India? What are the possible ways out of the agrarian crisis, that is hurting women farmers and agricultural workers the hardest? This video provides a glimpse of the panel discussion was organised by Focus on the Global South, Economic Research Foundation in collaboration with Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung – South Asia.

Testimonies on Farmer Suicides in India

Family members of suicide victims give testimonies during a meeting in November 2017 on Agriculture and Farmer Suicides.

Sulagad: Our Life, Our Future

In commemoration of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Focus on the Global South, presents the video documentary, “Sulagad: Our Life, Our Future”

Sulagad is the indigenous concept on food sovereignty and agroecology realized by the Téduray and the Lambangian indigenous peoples of Mindanao.

Focus hopes to contribute to the strengthening and advancement of the Sulagad system as a concrete peoples’ alternative to the dominant paradigm of market-driven corporate agribusiness. We also envision that this video would contribute to the ultimate goal of securing biodiversity and protected forests, advancing indigenous peoples’ rights, and the promotion of indigenous agroecology, sustainable livelihoods, and the right to self-determination.

We thank our allies from the Timuay Justice and Governance, the Indigenous Political Structure of the Téduray and the Lambangian, Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center-Kasama sa Kalikasan/Friends of the Earth Philippines, and Loyukan for the solidarity and support.

Fiyo bagi. Méuyag!

RCEP is Intended to Prevent Government Regulation and Maximize Private Profit

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“Benny Kuruvilla from the Transnational Institute, Joseph Purugganan from Focus on the Global South, Philippines, and Susana Barria from Public Services International discuss the context in which the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership is being negotiated, how it will affect the working class, peasants and poor and developing countries, and the key corporate sectors that are pushing for the deal”

Produced by Newsclick & Peoples Dispatch. Please share this video using the Newsclick link here.

RCEP: People’s Movements Resist Free Trade Agreement

Video feature from on how the deal will affect billions in 16 countries, as explained by people’s movements opposing the deal. Pleaseshare this video using the Newsclick link here.