Thursday, August 18, 2022

Agriculture & Agribusiness

Brazil: geomapping to protect Kalunga lands

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Geomapping has enabled quilombola communities in Goiás state, Brazil, to demarcate their land, apply for titles and mount a defence against invading soya farmers, ranchers, miners and land thieves. They are now receiving international recognition.

Chile: where water is a traded commodity

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A small community takes on mining giant Anglo American which drains aquifers of water while households are forced to queue at water tankers ... just part of Chile's dictatorship legacy where water, like everything else, is a trade commodity

Brazil: the flowers of sustainability

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Extraordinary history of groups of former slaves, indigenous and others in the Cerrado who have forged a sustainable lifestyle from gathering sought-after sempre-vivas flowers and selling them, with enormous care to preserve the environment. Now rewarded by the UN's FAO, they face encroachments from mining and a national park

Bananas boom while workers pay the price

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Despite Latin America having some of the highest COVID-19 death rates in the world, the ‘essential’ banana export industry has thrived, while workers have...

Argentina’s Year of the Pig

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Just when Argentina’s economy seemed to be at its darkest hour, Chinese president Xi Jinping proposed a multi-billion investment in the domestic pork meat industry. What originally seemed like a great opportunity has morphed into the source of a deep societal division.

The Political Economy of Agrarian Extractivism: Lessons from Bolivia

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In his latest book, Ben McKay writes about a commodity that is rapidly expanding in Latin America: soy. Taking a political economy approach, he explores the historical development of the industrial soy complex in the region, carefully analysing society-capital-state relations and looking at some of the contradictions of Evo Morales’ rule.

Martinique: The Poisoning of Paradise

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Slavery was abolished in Martinique in 1848. But today the islanders are victims of a toxic pesticide called chlordecone, that’s poisoned the soil and water and been linked by scientists to unusually high rates of prostate cancer.

We were born as Forest Guardians 2

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A year ago, Paulo Paulino, a Guajajara Indian, was murdered, with the assassination reverberating around the world. To mark the anniversary of his death, Fiona...

We were born as Forest Guardians 1

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A year ago, Paulo Paulino, a Guajajara Indian, was murdered, with the assassination reverberating around the world. To mark the anniversary of his death, Fiona...

Colombia: does peace still have a chance?

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This article was written by Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín, Professor at the Nacional University in Bogotá Colombia, and a partner on the Drugs & (dis)order...

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