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Policies of the corporations afecting the defense of land and food

6 September

Harvard’s billion-dollar farmland fiasco

One of the world’s major buyers of farmland is under fire for their involvement in land conflicts, environmental destruction and risky investments. A new report by GRAIN and Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos1 presents, for the first time, a comprehensive analysis of Harvard University’s controversial...

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6 de septiembre

International Financial Capital and the Brazilian Land Market

International financial capital stimulated the production of industrial agricultural supplies in Brazil during the foreign debt crisis of the 1980s. In the mid-1990s new financial sources became available for debt rollovers, and this fueled a new cycle of industrialization in agriculture. This trend intensified...

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10 May 2017

TIAA tied to deforestation and displacement of farmers, environmentalists claim in new report

WASHINGTON D.C. – According to a report released today by leading environmental and social justice advocates, the investment management firm TIAA is leading a trend of speculating in land markets, which drives up farmland prices and displaces family farmers in the US and in Brazil. TIAA also has significant...

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2 May 2017

Special Edition on the International Day of Peasants’ Struggles

To mark the International Day of Peasants’ Struggles, Focus on the Global South releases this special edition that puts together articles on issues that small farmers and peasants continue to face. These pieces also highlight the different forms of resistance that farmers and peasants put up amidst these...

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11 March 2017

Amazon rainforest’s final frontier under threat from oil and soya

In Brazil’s least developed state, Amapá, locals fear that government plans to increase soya and oil production will destroy the area – and their livelihoods

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17 July 2016

The “Engine of Economic Growth”: An Overview of Private Investment Policies, Trends, and Projects in Cambodia

Since the early 1990s, Cambodia has been heavily reliant on foreign aid. The Cambodian Government is seeking to reduce donor-dependence and increase self-reliance, aiming to lift the country to the status of higher middle-income country by 2030. This goal depends heavily on increasing private investment, and the...

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11 February 2016

Logs and Patronage: Systematic illegal logging and the destruction of state forests and protected areas in Rattanakiri and Stung Treng Provinces, Cambodia

This report presents results of research into the destruction of forests and natural resources in Rattanakiri and Stung Treng Provinces, Cambodia. Over a number of months the researchers collected evidence and legal documentation, often working under dangerous and life-threatening conditions to record the...

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14 November 2015

Media Coverage on Foreign Pensions Funds and Land Grabbing in Brazil

English, French and Swedish sources English NY Times -> http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/17/world/americas/tiaa-cref-us-investment-giant-accused-of-land-grabs-in-brazil.html Reuters -> http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/17/rights-land-brazil-idUSL8N13B4Z620151117#qdsQuauhOd4IJZW8.97 Investments & Pensions...

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14 November 2015

NYT: TIAA-CREF, U.S. Investment Giant, Accused of Land Grabs in Brazil

As an American investment giant that manages the retirement savings of millions of university administrators, public school teachers and others, TIAA-CREF prides itself on upholding socially responsible values, even celebrating its role in drafting United Nations principles for buying farmland that promote...

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8 November 2014

Financial capital and land speculation in Brazil

Keywords: Industrialization of agriculture, financial capital, international market, debt crisis. Abstract: This article presents a critical analysis of the reproduction of agriculture industrialization based on the crisis of capital accumulation. International financial capital fomented the production of...

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