by Miguel Urioste F. de C.
Senior Researcher at Fundación Tierra
In the last two decades, the best agricultural lands in Bolivia have been put into commercial production by large-scale producers closely linked to foreign investors, particularly Brazilians.
Foreigners now control more than one million hectares of prime agricultural and ranching lands in Bolivia, primarily in the eastern lowland department of Santa Cruz, an important agro-export region dominated by transnational corporations and what has been termed “trans-Latina” corporations or TLCs. The rapidly expanding soy and ranching industries are the primary cause of deforestation and land use change in the country, at a high cost to the environment, national food security and indigenous peasant livelihoods.
by Saturnino M. Borras, Jr., Jennifer Franco and Chunyu Wang
This brief provides crucial context for understanding land grabbing and discusses three political tendencies in global land governance. Understanding these tendencies is critical if transnational movements are to carry out effective advocacy campaigns against land grabbing. This is the second brief in the Land & Sovereignty in the Americas series, co-published by Food First and the Transnational Institute.
Land & Sovereignty Brief No. 1 - "Sons and Daughters of the Earth": Indigenous communities and land grabs in Guatemala
by Alberto Alonso-Fradejas
In the face of violent dispossession and incorporation into an exploitative labor regime, indigenous peasant families in northern Guatemala are struggling to access land and defend their resources as the basis of their collective identity as Q'eqchi' peoples or R'al Ch'och ("sons and daughters of the earth"). This brief is the first in the Land & Sovereignty in the Americas series, co-published by Food First and the Transnational Institute.
Policy Brief No. 19 Cutting Through the Red Tape: A Resource Guide for Local Food Policy Practitioners & Organizers
By Beth Sanders, MPH, Intern, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy and Annie Shattuck, Research Fellow, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy
Written By Eric Holt-Giménez and Annie Shattuck
by Annie Shattuck and Eric Holt-Giménez
A bill before the Senate would create a federal mandate for genetically modified crop research as part of U.S. foreign aid programs, against the recommendations of all major international assessments of agricultural development. A new report on the proposed legislation from Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy calls for urgent action to stop the bill.
The Global Food Security Act (SB 384) passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month. The legislation, also known as the Lugar-Casey Act, aims to reform aid programs to include a stronger focus on long-term agricultural development, and restructure aid agencies to better respond to crises. While this renewed attention is welcome, funding under the proposed law – some $7.7 billion worth of it - would be directed largely to genetically modified crop research.
by Eric Holt-Giménez, Ph.D.
“A Silent Tsunami” The World Food Program’s description of the global food crisis raises the specter of a natural disaster surging over an unaware populace that is helpless in the face of massive destruction. With billions of people at risk of hunger, the current food crisis is certainly massive and destructive.
Policy Brief No. 15
by Rick Jonasse
Policy Brief No. 14
by Annie Shattuck
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By Eric Holt-Giménez and Isabella Kenfield
When Renewable Isn’t Sustainable: Agrofuels and the Inconvenient Truth behind the 2007 U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act