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Land Grabbing in Indonesia
March 2, 2011 / News
By Yulian Junaidi Jasuan In the recent years we see the fast growing phenomena of land grabbing across the world. In Africa, Asia and Latin America million of hectares of land has been taking over by developed countries through their

Escalating Land Grabbing In Post-conflict Regions of Northern Uganda…
March 2, 2011 / News
By Samuel B. Mabikke Since the mid 1980s, Northern Uganda- a region of over 13 districts has been devastated by armed conflict particularly by the Lord Resistance Army (LRA) as well as old age cattle rustling by armed Karamajong rustlers

The Impact of Special Economic Zones in India: A Caste Study of Polepally SEZ
March 2, 2011 / News
By Vidya Bhushan Rawat, Mamidi Bharath Bhushan and Sujatha Surepally Introduction: Special Economic Zones (SEZs) can be compared to their predecessors, Free Trade Zones and Export Processing Zones, in that they are aimed at stimulating foreign direct investment (FDI) and rapid,

Land Grabs for Biochar? Narratives and Counter Narratives in Africa’s Emerging Biogenic Carbon Seque
March 2, 2011 / News
By Melissa Leach, James Fairhead and James Fraser Introduction: Biochar refers to the carbon-rich product that results when biomass – from wood or leaves to manure or crop residues – is burned under oxygen-deprived conditions and then buried in the

From “Land Grabbing” to Global Outsourcing: Credibility and Governance of Chinese Land Acquisitions
March 2, 2011 / News
By Irna Hofman and Peter P. S. Ho This paper will use the case of China to arrive at an analytical framework with which we might better understand the processes of worldwide land acquisitions – pejoratively termed “land grabbing.” In

The Relationship between Land Grabbing for Biofuels and Food Security, a Bane or Boon? …
March 2, 2011 / News
By Festus Boamah The rapid emerging interest in large scale biofuel investments in Ghana are fraught with debates and controversies among government agencies, non-governmental organizations and policy makers expressing concerns about the possible effects on the environment, land tenure, food

Saving the Amazon? Land Grabs and “sustainable soy” as the New Logic of Conservation
March 2, 2011 / News
By Brenda Baletti Introduction: On July 14th 2010, 1000 people gathered in Santarém’s Yacht Club for a “public audience” regarding the one million ton capacity soy port that multi-national agricultural corporation Cargill built on the Amazon River there in 2000.

Land Regularization in Brazil and the Global Land Grab: A State-making Framework for Analysis
February 28, 2011 / News
By Gustavo de L. T. Oliveira I adapt James Scott’s framework for a comparative analysis of ongoing changes in land ownership in the Amazon and the Cerrado regions of Brazil. The Brazilian government recently initiated a program intended to regularize

The Role of Foreign Investment in Ethiopia’s Smallholder-focused Agricultural Development Strategy
February 28, 2011 / News
By Tom Lavers Recent foreign agricultural investment in Africa has generated a great deal of interest and criticism, with western media warning of a neo-colonial ?land grab‘. This paper moves beyond this narrow assessment by examining the political and social

The Role of the International Finance Corporation in Promoting Agricultural Investment and Large…
February 28, 2011 / News
By Shepard Daniel This paper examines the role of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector branch of the World Bank Group, within the growing global trend of large-scale land investments in developing countries by wealthier, food-insecure nations and

Alternative perspectives on land grabbing and biofuels:
January 4, 2011 / News
This presentation identifies three contrasting narratives which define the current debate about ‘land grabbing’ and biofuels: a techno-optimist position, an administrativemanagerial position and a localist-environmental position. Each suggests different responses to the growing phenomenon of large-scale land deals for biofuels.

January 4, 2011 / News
Available evidence on its scale and character and insights of relevance to policy makers Ruth Hall Senior researcher, PLAAS Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Biosafety regulation in Kenya
Biosafety regulation in Kenya
November 17, 2010 / News
For two days, leading Kenyan biosafety stakeholders met in Nairobi to advance discussions about Kenya’s biosafety bill, just as implementing regulations are being developed and the involvement of stakeholders is critical. Organised by the STEPS Centre, the Centre for Africa

Daily Newsletter – July 8
September 15, 2010 / News

Daily Newsletter – July 9
September 15, 2010 / News
31 Years of Silence is Over Surely we know enough – certainly rural people know more than enough. Now is the time to get some seasonality traction with these policies. Richard Longhurst

September 14  – New numbers on world hunger to be released- FAO/WFP/IFAD press conference
September 14 – New numbers on world hunger to be released- FAO/WFP/IFAD press conference
September 13, 2010 / News
Updated figures on the number of people worldwide who suffer chronic hunger is released at a press conference at FAO’s headquarters in Rome on Tuesday, 14 September 2010 at 13.30h.

July 9, 2010 / News
OUSMANE BADIANEDirector for Africa International Food Policy Research Institute

Early Career Fellowship Programme
July 2, 2010 / News
Included in this newsletter: Awakening Africa’s Sleeping Giant New FAC website Seasonality, Rural Livelihoods and Development Kenya policy engagement Growth and Social Protection Malawi signs CAADP Compact FAC continues work on Malawi’s fertiliser programme Pastoralism Climate Change FAC in West

Beyond Industrial Agriculture? Some Questions about Farm Size, Productivity and Sustainability
June 24, 2010 / News
Philip Woodhouse, Journal of Agrarian Change, Vol. 10 No. 3, July 2010, pp. 437–453. Although modern agriculture has increased food production faster than populationgrowth in recent decades, there are concerns that existing models of‘industrial agriculture’ are unsustainable due to long-run

Changing Climates Changing Lives
June 4, 2010 / News
Adaptation Strategies of Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Communities in Ethiopia and Mali More than 1 billion people are currently undernourished, mostly in the developing world (FAO, 2009a). In Africa, more than 218 million people, or around 30 per cent of the

Steve Wiggins at the High Level Expert Forum on ‘How to Feed the World in 2050’
Steve Wiggins at the High Level Expert Forum on ‘How to Feed the World in 2050’
May 13, 2010 / News
On October 11 and 12th, 2009 FAO brought together in Rome more than 400 invited participants from across the world in a High Level Expert Forum on ‘How to Feed the World in 2050’. A preparatory exercise for the World

DFID strengthens partnership with FAC
April 30, 2010 / News
Topics include: DFID renews funding for FAC FAC launches new research themes West Africa transect study Ethiopia extension consultations The political economy of seed systems – Ethiopia Ministry of Agriculture – district studies in Kenya Climate Change Adaptation Land Deal

Africa’s Green Revolution:consultations with farmers
April 30, 2010 / News
Topics include: Africa’s Green Revolution:consultations with farmers GCARD consultations CAADP Africa Forum “How to Feed the World in 2050” Future Farmers

FAC holds international conference on seasonal dimensions of poverty
April 30, 2010 / News
FAC’s first Newsletter with articles on: Seasonality Revisted conference Ethiopian Economic Conference GCARD consultations Farmer First Revisited and more

GCARD – The Future of Agricultural Research
GCARD – The Future of Agricultural Research
March 29, 2010 / News
From 28-31 March 2010 the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development (GCARD) 2010 was held in Montpellier, France. GCARD is organized by GFAR in collaboration with the Consortium and Independent Science and Partnership Council (now being formed) of