Bigger Is Not Better: The High Cost of Agribusiness Consolidation

This report explores the injustices caused by decades of agricultural consolidation, including a history of how the sector consolidated; an examination of the scale of the problem; the specific impact on farmers, rural communities, the climate crisis, and the environment; and a look at how powerful industry groups continue to influence laws and regulations in their own favor. Finally, we will look at alternatives to the status quo and how to build a decentralized climate-neutral farm and food system that prioritizes food producers, rural economic health, and the environment over corporate profits.

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  • Date Published September 2021
  • Number of Pages 52
“Food Connects Us All” Grassroots Voices from North America on the Importance of Building Agroecology, Fighting for Policy, and Joining Global Struggles

For decades, rural peoples movements of peasant farmers, indigenous people, pastoralists, and fisherfolk (to name a few) have organized at the global level for a new food system based around the concepts of the human right to food, food sovereignty, and agroecology. Working through global coalitions, they have developed these ideas and practices to address the serious problems communities and societies face, and they have fought for political space at the global level in the United Nations to make these ideas into policy that can “scale up” and “scale out” these solutions.

Now, as communities reel from shocks due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasing impacts of climate change, the need for a new system based on agroecology, food sovereignty, and the right to food is undeniable.

Increasingly, grassroots movements and frontline communities from North America are joining the global fight for agroecology and food sovereignty, bringing local struggles into global policy spaces and confronting the US and Canadian governments for failing to ensure the right to food. Joining global movements and intervening in global policy, in turn, strengthens grassroots activism and builds solidarity.

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  • Date Published September 2021
  • Number of Pages 44
IMF Surveillance and Climate Change Transition Risks: Reforming IMF policy advice to support a just energy transition

This report is being released amidst overlapping global crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, the worsening climate crisis, and the widening inequality gap within and between countries. The IMF’s Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, has been among the most vocal proponents of ‘building back better’, arguing for a coordinated green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Concurrently, after years… read more

    Advancing the rights of women smallholder farmers – lessons from COVID-19

    The Covid-19 crisis is deepening existing inequalities and wreaking havoc on the lives of the most vulnerable people, especially women small-scale food producers in the Global South.

    ActionAid’s research explores how measures to control the pandemic affected the lives of women smallholder farmers across 14 countries in Asia and Africa. The research was conducted in Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe in September 2020 and is based on a study of 190 individuals, including 79 smallholder farmers, the majority women, and 71 rural women leaders.

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    • Date Published July 2021
    • Number of Pages 34
    TIAA’s Accumulation of Farmland Is Not Responsible

    TIAA’s “Responsible Investment in Farmland” report series highlights the fact that in 2011 TIAA was one of a group of businesses that developed the Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) Farmland Guidelines, which are supposed to guide institutional investors who wish to invest in farmland in a responsible manner. These guidelines were originally called the “UN Principles for Responsible Investment in Farmland.” However, the misleading original name hides the fact that while the businesses came together under UN auspices, the private sector signa- tories developed these principles primarily to further their investment interests, and they are not explicitly tied to human rights and other international law.

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    • Date Published November 2020
    • Number of Pages 15
    Le Programme Mondial pour l’agriculture et la sécurité alimentaire (GAFSP) : une recette pour atteindre l’objectif Faim « zéro »

    Le Programme Mondial pour l’agriculture et la sécurité alimentaire (Global Agriculture and Food Security Program – GAFSP) se trouve aujourd’hui à la croisée des chemins. À l’issue de près de 10 ans d’activités et de résultats positifs, il a maintenant besoin d’être réalimenté pour poursuivre son action. Le GAFSP est unique parce qu’il inclut les organisations de la société civile et des producteurs dans la gouvernance du Fonds, et offre des opportunités inédites de financements directs pour les initiatives de ces organisations de producteurs.

    Ce rapport est une synthèse agrégeant plusieurs études produits par des organisations de la société civile, afin d’évaluer l’impact des projets GAFSP sur les petits producteurs et petites productrices alimentaires. Il s’appuie sur les informations qualitatives recueillies via des groupes de discussion, des entretiens avec des partenaires, des témoignages d’agriculteurs, des recherches documentaires et des visites de terrain. Ce rapport apporte les perspectives de la société civile sur le GAFSP, explique pourquoi les bailleurs devraient poursuivre leur soutien, et expose les domaines prioritaires que devrait appuyer le GAFSP une fois réapprovisionné.

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    • Date Published Avril 2020
    • Number of Pages 30