6th August 2013 - International environmental and human rights campaigners condemn the 4th Latin American Palm Oil Conference to be held by the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) in Honduras on 6th-8th August
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), perhaps the world's most ambitious free trade agreement, is currently under negotiation. What began as a small regional free trade agreement has become one of the primary tools in the United States' geopolitical pivot towards the Asia-Pacific region. The agreement--negotiated in secrecy--will dramatically expand the rights of corporations over those of food producers, consumers, workers and the environment.
World Bank Ombudsman scrutinizes investment project in Aguán Valley, Honduras because of human rights abuses
International organizations welcome the World Bank Ombudsman´s initiative to scrutinize an investment project of the International Finance Corporation due to allegations of human rights violations of peasant communities in the Lower Aguán valley, Honduras, and demand immediate halt to the project. The statement (attached in Spanish and English) has been sent today to the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) of the World Bank Group and was signed by the following 17 organizations and networks:
José Graziano da Silva, Director General of the FAO, joined the conference by video on October 19, 2012 to discuss the FAO’s stance on global land acquisitions
This video conference with the head of the FAO was part of the Global Land Grabbing II, An International Conference on Large-Scale Land Deals held at Cornell University on October 19, 2012. You can view this presentation and additional videos from the conference at www.cornell-landproject.org/2012/10/19/graziano/. You can also read the complete text of the director general's remarks.
Microcredit has often been presented as an archetypal tool for addressing rural poverty. By placing small loans directly into the hands of women, proponents have argued that microcredit is able to achieve two feats simultaneously. First, it tackles poverty by unleashing the entrepreneurial abilities of the rural poor. Second, it breaks down patriarchal barriers by empowering women. Portrayed as a simple, progressive and effective development intervention, there seemed little to dislike about microcredit.