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12 Aug 2014Daily Maverick
South Africa: land reform - cloud cuckoo land or calculus of power?
Significant strands within the ruling ANC appear to believe the answer to poor black marginalisation and de-agrarianisation lies in the recreation of a rural idyll of ‘vibrant’ local economies, disciplined workers, benign farm owners, virtuous peasant farmers and omnipotent chiefs.
12 Mar 2014
Can We Prevent A Food Breakdown?
As food supplies have tightened, a new geopolitics of food has emerged—a world in which the global competition for land and water is intensifying and each country is fending for itself.
25 Feb 2014
Can the World Feed China?
Overnight, China has become a leading world grain importer, set to buy a staggering 22 million tons in the 2013–14 trade year. As recently as 2006—just eight years ago—China had a grain surplus and was exporting 10 million tons. What caused this dramatic shift?
04 Dec 2013
India's Dangerous 'Food Bubble'
Unfortunately, a growing share of the water that irrigates three-fifths of India's grain harvest is coming from wells that are starting to go dry. This sets the stage for a major disruption in food supplies for India's growing population.
25 Nov 2013
Moving Up the Food Chain
In every society where incomes have risen, the appetite for meat, milk, eggs, and seafood has generated an enormous growth in animal protein consumption. Today some 3 billion people are moving up the food chain.
25 Sep 2013
Dealing With Desertification
With desertification becoming more of an apparent issue, are we doing enough to stop it from becoming a widespread irreversible problem?
17 Sep 2013Land Commodities
Weekly roundup of the most insightful farmland investment & agribusiness themed reports and whitepapers
Newly released reports, academic papers and research with relevance to agriculture.
09 Sep 2013New York Times
As Chinese farmers fight for homes, suicide Is ultimate protest
Over the past five years, at least 39 farmers have killed themselves rather than leave their land. The figures are a stark reminder of how China’s new wave of urbanization is at times a violent struggle between a powerful state and stubborn farmers.
22 Jul 2013Land Commodities
The polarised debate around GM crops, industrial agriculture and modern farming
It is a shame that many of those who care so deeply about the wellbeing of this planet and its people seem incapable of having a rational debate about modern food production.
31 May 2013Land Commodities
US agricultural subsidies will continue rising under the new Farm Bill
Notwithstanding a tokenistic proposed reduction (primarily due to minor cuts to the food stamp program, ‘Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’) the total combined value of subsidies and food aid under the new Farm Bill is set to remain the same at roughly US$100 billion annually.
31 May 2013Land Commodities
Agriculture contributes to accelerating depletion of US groundwater resources
A study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released this week has found that draw-down from long-term aquifers has been accelerating driven in large part by water use for irrigation.
20 May 2013CIFOR
Scientists aim to pinpoint role of forests in battle against “hidden hunger”
The view that increased crop production is the strategy most likely to achieve global food security could in reality allow farmland to encroach on valuable ecosystems, have a disastrous impact on forests and might not solve food security and nutrition problems, scientists say.
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24 Oct 2014 - Paris
Accaparements des terres : Bolloré et les communautes locales touchées entament les negociations



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