Blog

The blog is a place where GRAIN staff and others post their comments, suggestions, hints and assessments of documents, places or events. Or just share information that we think is interesting.

1% of farms operate 70% of world's farmland

An article introducing a well researched ILC report that points to the alarming and growing concentration of farmland in the world.

An article introducing a well researched ILC report that points to the alarming and growing concentration of farmland in the world.

Video: Violence and sexual abuse against women in oil palm plantations MUST END

The video “NO to violence against women and girls living in and around oil palm plantations” denounces the violence against women in West and Central Africa whose lands have been invaded by industrial oil palm plantations.

The video “NO to violence against women and girls living in and around oil palm plantations” denounces the violence against women in West and Central Africa whose lands have been invaded by industrial oil palm plantations.

Seed Keepers & Truth Tellers: From the Frontlines of GM Agriculture

PAN Asia Pacific, in collaboration with PAN North America and Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action, bring us an animated short that shines a bright light on how fragile and unjust so many of our interconnected global systems are.

PAN Asia Pacific, in collaboration with PAN North America and Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action, bring us an animated short that shines a bright light on how fragile and unjust so many of our interconnected global systems are.

Agribusiness Interests Hijack 2021 UN Food Systems Summit

A powerful assessment on where the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit is heading. By Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute

A powerful assessment on where the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit is heading. By Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute

They should not be called public development banks

Public development banks are disconnected from any sense of what “public” means and any argument about what “development” should look like. In food and farming, the backbone of our very existence, they finance corporate agribusiness. They were not set up to support any other model and have no real capacity to do so. We need a very different approach to international finance that supports communities rather than companies, and food systems free of corporate control.

Public development banks are disconnected from any sense of what “public” means and any argument about what “development” should look like. In food and farming, the backbone of our very existence, they finance corporate agribusiness. They were not set up to support any other model and have no real capacity to do so. We need a very different approach to international finance that supports communities rather than companies, and food systems free of corporate control.

Hands off our bread!

The government of Argentina just approved the world’s first GM wheat and is ready to promote its widespread use. We demand that the national government reverse the authoritarian measure that can only be explained as submission to corporate interests. This is why we briefly outline the reasons for rejecting this GM wheat from many perspectives that force us to say: Hands off our bread!

The government of Argentina just approved the world’s first GM wheat and is ready to promote its widespread use. We demand that the national government reverse the authoritarian measure that can only be explained as submission to corporate interests. This is why we briefly outline the reasons for rejecting this GM wheat from many perspectives that force us to say: Hands off our bread!

Development banks must be held accountable for their disastrous oil palm plantation investments in the Congo

The Feronia case, and other development bank investment failures, shows that there is a need to overhaul development finance institutions practices and to consider whether it might be better to just shut them down entirely. The other basic action that must be demanded of the DFIs in the Feronia case is the restitution of lands to the communities. Nine communities in the DRC have already filed a complaint to the German Investment and Development Corporation (DEG) that was accepted by the bank's Complaints Mechanism.

The Feronia case, and other development bank investment failures, shows that there is a need to overhaul development finance institutions practices and to consider whether it might be better to just shut them down entirely. The other basic action that must be demanded of the DFIs in the Feronia case is the restitution of lands to the communities. Nine communities in the DRC have already filed a complaint to the German Investment and Development Corporation (DEG) that was accepted by the bank's Complaints Mechanism.

Why we oppose Golden rice

Small farmers and NGOs across all of Asia oppose the introduction of GMO Golden rice. However, the media, especially in the West, has mischaracterised this opposition as being based in ignorance and/or as orchestrated by Greenpeace, an NGO with Western roots. In this article, the Stop Golden Rice Network, which has members from every part of Asia, puts that record straight.

Small farmers and NGOs across all of Asia oppose the introduction of GMO Golden rice. However, the media, especially in the West, has mischaracterised this opposition as being based in ignorance and/or as orchestrated by Greenpeace, an NGO with Western roots. In this article, the Stop Golden Rice Network, which has members from every part of Asia, puts that record straight.

Asian Network mounts week-long protest vs Golden Rice

Stop Golden Rice Network will be launching its week long activity to protest the possible commercialization of Golden Rice this week. The campaign will comprise different sets of activities per day and will conclude on August 8, the “International Day of Action Against Golden Rice.” Now in its 7th year, the said day of action is to commemorate the historic event when more than 400 farmers, urban poor, youths, and consumers uprooted Golden Rice in Pili, Camarines Sur back in 2013.

Stop Golden Rice Network will be launching its week long activity to protest the possible commercialization of Golden Rice this week. The campaign will comprise different sets of activities per day and will conclude on August 8, the “International Day of Action Against Golden Rice.” Now in its 7th year, the said day of action is to commemorate the historic event when more than 400 farmers, urban poor, youths, and consumers uprooted Golden Rice in Pili, Camarines Sur back in 2013.

Why the Bill Gates global health empire promises more empire and less public health

Behind a veil of corporate media PR, the Gates Foundation has served as a vehicle for Western capital while exploiting the Global South as a human laboratory. The coronavirus pandemic is likely to intensify this disturbing agenda. Excellent - and disturbing - analysis of the relation between Gates, vaccines and Big Pharma.

Behind a veil of corporate media PR, the Gates Foundation has served as a vehicle for Western capital while exploiting the Global South as a human laboratory. The coronavirus pandemic is likely to intensify this disturbing agenda. Excellent - and disturbing - analysis of the relation between Gates, vaccines and Big Pharma.

A journey through 30 years supporting the struggle for food sovereignty

Come take a guided tour through 30 years of GRAIN’s history supporting the struggle for food sovereignty. Through interviews and animation, you will discover how an endeavour that initially focused mainly on seeds became the multifaceted international organisation GRAIN is today, supporting the peasant movement and the struggle for food sovereignty at large.

Come take a guided tour through 30 years of GRAIN’s history supporting the struggle for food sovereignty. Through interviews and animation, you will discover how an endeavour that initially focused mainly on seeds became the multifaceted international organisation GRAIN is today, supporting the peasant movement and the struggle for food sovereignty at large.

False promises: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)

An excellent report by a number of German donors and NGOs, with groups in Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Mali, about the disastrous impact of AGRA on African farmers. The report recommends that donors dump AGRA and fund agroecology instead

An excellent report by a number of German donors and NGOs, with groups in Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia and Mali, about the disastrous impact of AGRA on African farmers. The report recommends that donors dump AGRA and fund agroecology instead