In the context of the international campaign against land grabbing, Real World Radio offers this special section including testimonies of the resistance and the effects of this global process that goes against the rights of communities and the sovereignty of the countries.
This section will have the support of Grain through www.farmlandgrab.org, which includes interviews and reports about the global push for buying or renting crop lands in foreign countries as a strategy to ensure the supply of basic food or just as a way to make money.
Giant agribusiness project “ProSavana” and the Mphanda Nkuwa dam on the Zambezi River, both of them in Mozambique, were denounced in Geneva, Switzerland, in the framework of the UN negotiations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights. Read more
Approximately 40 million people were affected by the intentional fires in 2 million hectares of lands and forests in Indonesia in 2015 to prepare the lands for palm oil production. 23 people died, most of them children, due to respiratory infections. Watch video
Twenty-three people died in 2015 alone for breathing infections caused by the smoke of peatland and forest fires in five provinces of Indonesia that were started to clean lands for oil palm and tree plantations to produce cellulose pulp and paper. Approximately 60 million people have been affected in total. Watch video
The Mexican government is encouraging the development of an export-oriented agriculture that benefits big companies such as Monsanto and individual producers with large extensions of lands, with an agrarian reform that aims to accelerate the communal land privatization process, warns Otros Mundos Chiapas – Friends of the Earth Mexico. Read more
Inequality rates in Uganda haven´t changed significantly in the past years, despite it being one of the economies that has grown most rapidly in the world. Uganda is one of the countries with the highest numbers of people living in rural areas (84%) in the world, and when observing what kind of development has caused some numbers in the economy to change, it is possible to understand why issues such as inequality remain. Read more
With approximately 7 million inhabitants, Togo is one of the smallest countries in the African continent. Almost half of the population works as farmers. Land access problems, especially for women and young people, growing pressure on the land in some areas and the subsequent degradation of the soil fertility, in addition to difficulties in accessing credits, are some of the problems experienced by peasants in the country. Read more
Guatemala has not escaped the exponential advance of monoculture plantations in Latin America in the past decades. Their impacts in terms of Food Sovereignty are being fought in the country through the capacity building and organization of peasant and indigenous communities, with an increasing focus on agroecology. Read more
In the past years, in Costa Rica, there has been an expansion of export-oriented agriculture, with a significant development of pineapple, African palm, banana and coffee monoculture plantations. In the same period the surface area planted with food crops that are the sustenance of the country, such as rice, beans and corn has been "radically reduced", according to Mariana Porras, member of Coecoceiba - Friends of the Earth Costa Rica in an interview with Real World Radio. Read more
From an ecological perspective, community management refers to the relationship and interdependence among all elements of the ecosystem to maintain a stable and balanced condition (homeostasis). Thus, sustainability and the preservation of environmental conditions are the main factors that must be looked after in order to build the productive economy of local communities. Watch video
"There are over 2000 high schools currently occupied by students, over 200 university units on strike, state workers also on strike. The struggle is growing in our country. We are building the Popular Brazil Front (together with other social movements) and we are coordinating this process. That´s why we are a target and a process of repression has been opened to try to discourage the MST". Read more
“As women, we are the ones who maintain hope. And I think that while we do this, we need to encourage many other women and tell them to dare to go out, to raise their voices, to avoid being afraid to speak. (…) Women have been told to be afraid within our social and cultural circles. (…) We are covered by a blanket of fear, but we need to move forward with a blanket of hope”, said Jakeline Romero Epiayu.
The European Union (EU) made clear this Friday in Geneva that it is ready to block the advance of the negotiations at the United Nations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights violations.
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