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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.

UN special rapporteur on the right to food calls for a new Green Revolution based on agroecology

The combined effects of climate change, energy scarcity, and water paucity require that we radically rethink our agricultural systems. Countries can and must reorient their agricultural systems toward modes of production that are not only highly productive, but also highly sustainable.

The combined effects of climate change, energy scarcity, and water paucity require that we radically rethink our agricultural systems. Countries can and must reorient their agricultural systems toward modes of production that are not only highly productive, but also highly sustainable.

US company looking to farm rice in Nigeria and Tanzania left trail of devastation in Kenya

The people living on the lands now being targetted by US-owned Dominion Farms can learn a lot from the film Good Fortune, which provides a behind-the-scenes account of the struggle of a local community in Kenya to defend their lands from this company. Here are a few clips from the film.

The people living on the lands now being targetted by US-owned Dominion Farms can learn a lot from the film Good Fortune, which provides a behind-the-scenes account of the struggle of a local community in Kenya to defend their lands from this company. Here are a few clips from the film.

Syngenta draws on funds from the Indian government to promote its hybrid rice seeds and pesticides

An article in domain-b is reporting that the Swiss seeds and pesticide giant Syngenta will be drawing on funds from the Indian government for the promotion of its hybrid rice seeds and pesticides.

An article in domain-b is reporting that the Swiss seeds and pesticide giant Syngenta will be drawing on funds from the Indian government for the promotion of its hybrid rice seeds and pesticides.

Declaraction of Nyeleni Europe 2011

Collective statement produced by the 400 participants of the European Forum for Food Sovereignty, held in Krems, Austria, from 16 to 21 August 2011.

Collective statement produced by the 400 participants of the European Forum for Food Sovereignty, held in Krems, Austria, from 16 to 21 August 2011.

India’s role in the new global farmland grab

New report by Rick Rowden provides a detailed examination of the role of the Indian government and Indian companies engaged in overseas agricultural land acquisitions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

New report by Rick Rowden provides a detailed examination of the role of the Indian government and Indian companies engaged in overseas agricultural land acquisitions in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Nigerian farmer leader talks about resistance to land grabs

Interview with Olaseinde Makanjuola Arigbede of the United Small and Medium scale Farmers' Associations of Nigeria (USMEFAN)

Interview with Olaseinde Makanjuola Arigbede of the United Small and Medium scale Farmers' Associations of Nigeria (USMEFAN)

The authoritarian face of the “Green Revolution”: Rwanda capitulates to agribusiness

Researcher Manuel Milz takes an in-depth look at the “green revolution” programme that the Government of Rwanda launched in 2007. Milz finds that the programme's coercive transformation of agriculture has failed to improve the lives of the vast majority of the country's peasants, while dramatically increasing the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers.

Researcher Manuel Milz takes an in-depth look at the “green revolution” programme that the Government of Rwanda launched in 2007. Milz finds that the programme's coercive transformation of agriculture has failed to improve the lives of the vast majority of the country's peasants, while dramatically increasing the use of pesticides and chemical fertilisers.

World Bank told to stop lending to land grabbers

The World Bank is considering a loan of up US$30 million to help Calyx Agro expand its operations in Latin America. An open letter denounces the Bank for its on-going support to other leading investors involved in land grabbing around the world.

The World Bank is considering a loan of up US$30 million to help Calyx Agro expand its operations in Latin America. An open letter denounces the Bank for its on-going support to other leading investors involved in land grabbing around the world.

On Bill Gates, trains and fertilizers

A brilliant comment by Brewster Kneen in the Rams Horm on how Bill Gates makes money from increased fertilizer use by investing in trains.

A brilliant comment by Brewster Kneen in the Rams Horm on how Bill Gates makes money from increased fertilizer use by investing in trains.

America struggles - 5th Congress of the CLOC

America struggles - 5th Congress of the CLOC (Latin American Coordination of Peasant Organisations) - video in English

America struggles - 5th Congress of the CLOC (Latin American Coordination of Peasant Organisations) - video in English

Stop land grabbing in Taiwan!

Taiwan Rural Front holds an international press conference requesting the authorities to stop land grabbing in Taiwan, with support from other movements and groups. This event is a prelude to a farmer mobilisation on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of Presidential Office next week.

Taiwan Rural Front holds an international press conference requesting the authorities to stop land grabbing in Taiwan, with support from other movements and groups. This event is a prelude to a farmer mobilisation on Ketagalan Boulevard in front of Presidential Office next week.