Land Rights

Trendy but Risky: Questioning Outgrower Schemes in Light of the Agrica Rice Plantation in Tanzania

Contract farming and outgrower schemes are two terms used interchangeably to describe contractual agreements between farmers (outgrowers) and firms (offtakers). In contract farming, the outgrower agrees to provide a pre-determined quantity of a product at a given time and price, meeting the quality standards set by the offtaker. In return, the firm commits to purchasing the product and sometimes supports the production, for instance through the sale or the loan of agricultural inputs (e.g. seeds, fertilizers, pesticides).

Bittersweet Homecoming for Displaced Tamils in Northern Sri Lanka

Gutted homes, poor infrastructure and a heavy military presence cast a long shadow over the future

Buying the Farm

Ross Wilken, twenty-three, and his father, Harold Wilken, don’t look much like starry-eyed radicals as they inspect their fields of black beans just west of Danforth, Illinois. The hot, wet afternoon sun beats down on their greasy jeans and tired eyes like it does on any other farmer. But their twenty-three hundred acres of organic crops, surrounded by millions of acres of genetically modified corn and soybeans, are nothing short of an insurgency.

“These look really good,” says Ross, examining plants heavy with purplish pods. “I wish I had more acres in these.”

Food Security: a Hostage to Wall Street

In October of last year, World Food Day celebrated ‘Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth’. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s website, the family farming theme was chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. The aim was to focus world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, especially in rural areas.

Miles de Tamiles de Sri Lanka Viven Bajo la “Sombra de la Guerra”

NACIONES UNIDAS, 1 jun 2015 (IPS) - En muchos sentidos, Jayakumari Balendran personifica la difícil situación del pueblo tamil en las provincias del norte y el este de Sri Lanka, durante y después de la guerra civil que azotó durante 26 años al país insular del sur de Asia.


El hijo mayor de la mujer fue asesinado a tiros en 2006, mientras trabajaba en la ciudad costera de Trincomalee, unos 300 kilómetros al este de la capital, Colombo, por “asesinos no identificados”.


Wall Street Buys The Farm

Rising prices for farmland, doubling in a decade, have brought prosperity to a generation of farmers. Jumping on this trend is a passel of financial institutions, all of them eager to buy their own version of Green Acres. And that has some people worried. 

SNS: Ukrajinská Pôda sa Dostáva do Rúk Zahraničných Korporácií

Bratislava 23. júna (TASR) - Kým ukrajinská vláda bojuje s rusko-jazyčnou opozíciou o ovládnutie 2 % územia, milióny hektárov (ha) ukrajinskej pôdy rýchlo a v tichosti prechádzajú do rúk zahraničných korporácií. Tvrdí to prvý podpredseda Slovenskej národnej strany (SNS) Jaroslav Paška. Odvoláva sa pritom na odhady kalifornského Oakland Institute, podľa ktorých má byť pod kontrolou zahraničných spoločností už približne 2,2 milióna ha ukrajinskej pôdy.

‘පීඩාවට පත්වූවන්ට අවංකවන්න’ - ඕක්ලන්ඩ් ආයතනයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජයට පිළිතුරක්

උතුරු නැගෙනහිර පළාත්වල ජීවත්වන දෙමළ ජනයාගේ මූලික අයිතිවාසිකම් උල්ලංඝණය කිරීම් පිළිබඳ වන සාක්‍ෂි සහිත වාර්තාවක් ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය විසින් නොතකා හැරීම, ස්වාධීන බුද්ධි මණ්ඩලයක දැඩි දෝෂ දර්ශනයට ලක්ව තිබේ.

එක්සත් ජනපදයේ ඕක්ලන්ඩ් ආයතනය විසින් නොබොදා එළි දක්වන ලද වාර්තාවකින් පෙන්වා දී තිබුණේ යුද්ධයෙන් සය වසරකට පසු දෙමළ ජනයා ප්‍රමුඛ සිංහල බෞද්ධ නොවන ප්‍රජාවන්ට එරෙහි ’නිහඬ යුද්ධයක්’ තව දුරටත් ක්‍රියාත්මකව ඇති බවයි. නමුත් ‘සුළුතර ජාතීන්ගේ’ අයිතීන් ක්‍රමානුකූලව උල්ලංඝනය කෙරෙන බවට ඕක්ලන්ඩ් වාර්තාවේ දැක්වෙන කරුණු තමන් ප්‍රති‌ෙක්‍ෂ්ප කරන බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා රජය ප්‍රකාශ කර තිබේ.

Sri Lanka Continues to Violates Human Rights of Minorities: Report

Sri Lanka continues to violate human rights of its religious and ethnic minorities even six years after the end of civil war in the country that resulted in the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), according to a new independent report.

The report The Long Shadow of War: Struggle for Justice in Post War Sri Lanka, by California-based Oakland Institute states that the traditional Tamil homeland is still under heavy military occupation by at least 160,000 mostly Sinhalese soldiers, one for every 6 Tamil civilians.

Deuda y Desesperación: los Pequeños Agricultores de Tanzania Sometidos a una Nueva Ola de Colonialismo

Lo que está pasando ahora en Tanzania debe ser un ejemplo de lo que no hay que hacer si se quiere ayudar a los pequeños agricultores, que tengan un medio de vida y alimenten a sus comunidades.