by GRAIN | 19 Oct 2007
by Radha D'Souza | 18 Oct 2007 Seedling - October 2007
Radha D’Souza teaches law at the University of Westminster, UK. She is a social justice activist from India, where she worked in labour movements and democratic rights movements, first as organiser and later as activist lawyer. Radha is a writer, critic and commentator, and has worked with solidarity movements in the Asia–Pacific region.
by Maria Fernanda Vallejo | 18 Oct 2007 Seedling - October 2007
Maria Fernanda Vallejo is on the Board of GRAIN. She is an anthropologist who has been working for more than ten years with peasants’ and indigenous peoples’ organisations in the Sierra Central in Ecuador.
by Prem Dangal | 17 Oct 2007 Seedling - October 2007
Prem Dangal is secretary-general of the All Nepal Peasants Federation, an umbrella group of different 25 farmers’ organisations. It has about one million members all over the country. It campaigns on issues of food sovereignty, agrarian reform, peasants’ rights and sustainable agricultural development.
by Clark Peteru | 16 Oct 2007 Seedling - October 2007
Clark Peteru, from Samoa, is an environmental legal adviser at the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).
by Ben Ramos | 15 Oct 2007 Seedling - October 2007
Ben Ramos is a board member of MASIPAG (Farmer-Scientist Partnership for Development), a farmer-led network of people's organizations, non-governmental organizations and scientists working towards the sustainable use and management of biodiversity through farmers' control of genetic and biological resources, agricultural production and associated knowledge. It is based in the Philippines.
by Darrin Qualman | 14 Oct 2007 Seedling - October 2007
Darrin Qualman is director of research for Canada’s National Farmers Union, where he has worked for 12 years. Before that, he farmed near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Darrin is the author of several reports, including The Farm Crisis, Bigger Farms, and the Myths of Competition and Efficiency and, with Nettie Wiebe, The Structural Adjustment of Canadian Agriculture.
by GRAIN | 12 Oct 2007 Seedling - October 2007
The seed industry will do whatever it takes to stop farmers saving seeds. The only way it can make big money from seeds is to force farmers to buy from seed companies every year. With rice, one of the world’s most important crops, it is no wonder that there is a relentless push for a hybrid variety that is essentially sterile. Suicide seeds, so to speak. Of course, the seed industry wants people to believe that there are other reasons behind the push for hybrid rice. They talk of higher yields and big profits for farmers. But if you look at the situation in the fields, none of that turns out to be true.
Eight years ago directive 98/95/EC was issued to cover the whole of the seed industry within the European Community. It was recognised at the time that special conditions must be established for so-called “conservation varieties” of seeds, regarded as important for genetic conservation. It is this enabling legislation, spelling out what directive 98/95/EC means in practice, which was finally published in April.In the end, this enabling legisation has turned out to be highly restrictive.
by GRAIN | 12 Oct 2007
by GRAIN | 10 Oct 2007 Seedling - October 2007
We review three films: "Squeezed" a film about the cost of free trade in the Asia–Pacific region; and two short films about fisherfolk in Canada
by GRAIN | 8 Oct 2007
by GRAIN | 5 Oct 2007 Seedling - October 2007
Behind the scenes, and together with others, GRAIN has been involved in two projects this year which are now drawing to a close - an external evaluation and a study on whether and how it could be possible to set up a special funding mechanism.
by GRAIN | 27 Sep 2007
by GRAIN | 14 Sep 2007