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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.

Press conference on 15 March: No to Nature Based Solutions!

A coalition of international organisations release a statement signed by more than 360 organisations, and announce a press conference to denounce the push for 'nature based solutions' as a tool to allow corporations to continue polluting the atmosphere and create a giant new farmland grab at the cost of small-scale farmers and global food production.

A coalition of international organisations release a statement signed by more than 360 organisations, and announce a press conference to denounce the push for 'nature based solutions' as a tool to allow corporations to continue polluting the atmosphere and create a giant new farmland grab at the cost of small-scale farmers and global food production.

Big food companies jumping on the plant based food bandwagon

Big food is jumping on the plant based food market, with promises of healthier and environmentally friendly products. But a closer look reveals another reality

Big food is jumping on the plant based food market, with promises of healthier and environmentally friendly products. But a closer look reveals another reality

Seeds in the hands of peasant farmers: a judgment in favour of food sovereignty in Honduras

Seeds are essential for life and for the full exercise of the human right to food. Without seeds, there can be no food, and without food, no people. After a ten-year fight, the peasant farmers of Honduras have achieved a resounding victory for life and food sovereignty.

Seeds are essential for life and for the full exercise of the human right to food. Without seeds, there can be no food, and without food, no people. After a ten-year fight, the peasant farmers of Honduras have achieved a resounding victory for life and food sovereignty.

Development banks make shameless exit from a colonial land grab in the Congo

As development banks make shameless exit from DRC palm oil company, 30 civil society organisations pledge to continue fighting for redress and return of lands to communities.

As development banks make shameless exit from DRC palm oil company, 30 civil society organisations pledge to continue fighting for redress and return of lands to communities.

Thailand's swine fever cover-up: a disaster for its small pig farms

Indications are that the Thai government may have been covering up the presence of African swine fever in the country for the past two years. Now, with extensive reports of ASF as the reason for a dramatic loss of small pig farms and an 80 per cent increase in pork prices, the government is in the hot seat.

Indications are that the Thai government may have been covering up the presence of African swine fever in the country for the past two years. Now, with extensive reports of ASF as the reason for a dramatic loss of small pig farms and an 80 per cent increase in pork prices, the government is in the hot seat.

Will digital land records stop land grabs in Indonesia?

Indonesia has long faced the serious issue of land grabs, driving indigenous and rural communities into conflict with plantation, forestry and infrastructure developers. Could digitising land records and national geospatial information help resolve land conflicts, and promote agrarian reform?

Indonesia has long faced the serious issue of land grabs, driving indigenous and rural communities into conflict with plantation, forestry and infrastructure developers. Could digitising land records and national geospatial information help resolve land conflicts, and promote agrarian reform?

The inseparable trio: land grabbing, deforestation, and climate crisis

There is overwhelming evidence of a link between deforestation and the climate crisis. However, there has not yet been an in-depth study carried out into the impact of land grabbing on deforestation, and therefore also on climate change, over the last few decades. From our investigations at GRAIN, the first conclusion is clear: we must immediately end land grabbing and land concentration by large corporate groups to put a stop to the current climate crisis.

There is overwhelming evidence of a link between deforestation and the climate crisis. However, there has not yet been an in-depth study carried out into the impact of land grabbing on deforestation, and therefore also on climate change, over the last few decades. From our investigations at GRAIN, the first conclusion is clear: we must immediately end land grabbing and land concentration by large corporate groups to put a stop to the current climate crisis.

Big farms don’t feed the world

A controversy has erupted over who feeds the world. The FAO is backtracking and has come up with a report claiming that small farmers feed only a third of the world’s population. If it were true that small food producers only feed a third of the population, then that means that big farms feed the other two thirds. A closer look at what big farms really produce, paint a very different picture.

A controversy has erupted over who feeds the world. The FAO is backtracking and has come up with a report claiming that small farmers feed only a third of the world’s population. If it were true that small food producers only feed a third of the population, then that means that big farms feed the other two thirds. A closer look at what big farms really produce, paint a very different picture.

Lessons from the communities of the Puebla-Hidalgo Sierra in Mexico that resist a TC-Energy gas pipeline

This document tells the story of communities in the Puebla-Hidalgo Sierra that defend their water commons (against the Tuxpan-Tula gas pipeline). We stress the fact that it was built through participation as a multi-layered research piece. Its intention is to return its findings to the communities from which these voices emerged to serve as a transformation tool.

This document tells the story of communities in the Puebla-Hidalgo Sierra that defend their water commons (against the Tuxpan-Tula gas pipeline). We stress the fact that it was built through participation as a multi-layered research piece. Its intention is to return its findings to the communities from which these voices emerged to serve as a transformation tool.

PEPSICO's attempt to criminalise potato farmers in India gets revoked

Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Rights Authority accepts a farm activist’s Revocation Application, to revoke the varietal registration of Pepsico India Holding on potato variety FL-2027 - This precedent-setting Judgement means that anything that threatens farmers rights as contained in India's unique legislation is, and ought to be a matter of Public Interest.

Protection of Plant Varieties & Farmers' Rights Authority accepts a farm activist’s Revocation Application, to revoke the varietal registration of Pepsico India Holding on potato variety FL-2027 - This precedent-setting Judgement means that anything that threatens farmers rights as contained in India's unique legislation is, and ought to be a matter of Public Interest.

Lessons from Sri Lanka’s agrochemical ban fiasco

In April 2021, Sri Lanka's president announced a ban on the import of agrochemicals. Almost two-thirds of farmers supported the transition to organic farming. Seven months later, the government announced the complete withdrawal of the agrochemical ban. So, what went wrong?

In April 2021, Sri Lanka's president announced a ban on the import of agrochemicals. Almost two-thirds of farmers supported the transition to organic farming. Seven months later, the government announced the complete withdrawal of the agrochemical ban. So, what went wrong?

FAO says food responsible for 31% of all greenhouse gas emissions, but that’s not the whole story

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) published a new study on the greenhouse gas emissions originating from the global food system. The study concludes that almost one third (31%) of human-caused climate emissions originate from the world’s agri-food systems, farm to fork. The total emissions from the food system increased almost one-fifth since 1990.

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) published a new study on the greenhouse gas emissions originating from the global food system. The study concludes that almost one third (31%) of human-caused climate emissions originate from the world’s agri-food systems, farm to fork. The total emissions from the food system increased almost one-fifth since 1990.

NO to nature-based dispossessions!

In a statement released today, 257 organisations, networks and movements from 61 countries say NO to “Nature-Based Solutions”, a concept that governments and corporations are peddling at the COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. The statement warns that behind the “Nature-Based Solutions” marketing front, “nature-based dispossessions” and harmful practices such as monoculture tree plantations and industrial agriculture lurk.

In a statement released today, 257 organisations, networks and movements from 61 countries say NO to “Nature-Based Solutions”, a concept that governments and corporations are peddling at the COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. The statement warns that behind the “Nature-Based Solutions” marketing front, “nature-based dispossessions” and harmful practices such as monoculture tree plantations and industrial agriculture lurk.