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
With Everyone at the Table – The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program: a Recipe for Achieving Zero Hunger

The Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) is at a crossroads. After almost 10 years of operations and successful results, it is now in need of being replenished to continue its work. The GAFSP is unique in that it includes civil society and producers’ organizations in the governance of the Fund, and it currently offers the unique opportunity of direct funding to initiatives by producers’ organizations.

This report is a consolidated summary of several reports by civil society organizations assessing the impact of GAFSP projects on women and men small-scale food producers. It builds on the qualitative information collected through focus group discussions, interviews with partners, testimonies of farmers, desk researches, and field visits. This report provides perspectives from civil society on the GAFSP, why it should be further supported by donors, and what priority areas the GAFSP should support after the replenishment.

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  • Date Published April 2020
  • Number of Pages 30
Principles for a Just Transition in Agriculture

Agriculture is a significant source of the world’s greenhouse gases, and is highly vulnerable to its impacts. The IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (August 2018) confirms that to become fit for purpose in an era of climate change, agriculture must move away from intensive and industrialized approaches towards food systems based on… read more

    Le GAFSP permet-il de toucher les petits producteurs de denrées alimentaires au Sénégal?

    Au Sénégal, la proportion d’individus vivant en dessous du seuil d’extrême pauvreté a baissé de 55,2% en 2001 à 46,7% en 2011. Le déficit d’emplois productifs en milieu rural nourrit un exode des jeunes et des femmes vers les centres urbains du pays, voire vers l’étranger. L’insécurité alimentaire reste forte (16% de la population en… read more

      BECCS: A Dangerous Distraction

      A new and largely hypothetical technology called Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) has been getting a lot of attention in discussions on climate change.

      While its proponents argue that BECCS is a necessary climate mitigation tool, in reality it is unlikely to work, and it also poses a major threat to human rights. BECCS is nothing more than a dangerous distraction at a moment when the world needs real climate action. Betting on BECCS sets up climate action to fail and violate the human rights of vulnerable communities globally.

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      • Date Published June 2019
      • Number of Pages 8