Category Archives: Farmers

Protestors say London summit pushing global land grabs and hunger

‘Do you realise what your pension funds?’ they ask public JOINT NEWS RELEASE from Friends of the Earth,ActionAid, War on Want, Gaia Foundation, Global Witness, The Land is Ours, Biofuelwatch, Re:Common, Reclaim the Fields UK WHAT?    Campaigners demonstrate outside the Agricultural Investment … Continue reading

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A Climate-Smart Christmas present?

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Farming Carbon Credits a Con for Africa: The many faces of Climate Smart Agriculture

“African Agriculture has been ignored by UN Climate Change discussions!” bellowed the South African minister for Agriculture, Tina Joemat-Pettersen at the high-level launch of Climate Smart Agriculture during the Durban climate negotiations. “We need your ideas to over throw this … Continue reading

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Civil Society letter to Africa: No to soil carbon markets

To: African Agriculture and Environment Ministers  Date: November 22, 2011  Subject: Durban COP17, agriculture and soil carbon markets  We, the undersigned civil society organisations from Africa and around the world, strongly object to a decision in Durban for an agriculture … Continue reading

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Fuelling Africa’s Land Grab

The UK’s target of 5% biofuels in transport fuel really is having a disastrous impact on Africa, in spite of policy makers’ wishful thinking.  As the now-disbanded Renewable Fuels Agency admitted in January, less than a third of UK biofuel imports are currently meeting … Continue reading

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UN Special Rapporteur: Agro-ecology is the answer

I recently participated in a conference on Securing Future Food, hosted by the UK Food Group in London.  At the meeting, I was impressed by the speech and analysis given by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, … Continue reading

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The seeds of instability?

In recent years, African agriculture has faced a series of growing challenges, with ever more serious consequences for hunger. A succession of droughts, floods and food crises have served to bring food and agriculture to the top of the list … Continue reading

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