Soybean Plantations: A Threat to Communities in the Cerrado Amazon Transition Zone

Soybean plantations are overtaking much of Brazil’s Cerrado region as large-scale agriculture expands across the globe, driving out indigenous peoples and local communities and driving up land prices. The prospect of soy expansion in the Cerrado has attracted not only Brazilian land grabbers but also international investors.

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  • Date Published September 2017
  • Number of Pages 4
Bad Neighbors: The Cost of Ethanol Production to Local Communities

U.S. demand for biofuels will account for almost half of global demand by 2025, under targets agreed to by Congress in the Renewable Fuels Standard. Large amounts of food crops will be used to make the fuel to meet these targets. This massive increase in U.S. demand is threatening the food and land rights of some of the world’s poorest people. Read more about the local Brazilian farmers impacted and ActionAid USA’s policy recommendations.

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  • Date Published July 20, 2016
  • Number of Pages 4
New Alliance, New Risk of Land Grabs: Evidence from Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal and Tanzania

Ten African countries have signed up to the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition – the G8 countries’ main strategy for supporting agriculture in Africa that was launched in 2012. As the New Alliance has been under way for three years, some of its likely impacts are becoming clearer.

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  • Date Published June 3, 2015
  • Number of Pages 44