Interview with Maria Luisa Mendonça

Soundcloud 17 Nov 2021

Interview with Maria Luisa Mendonça

Listen to an interview with Maria Mendonça on U.S. teachers' pension fund TIAA investments in Brazil deforestation. From a report on

"Swedish, US and Canadian pension funds have acquired farmlands in Brazil by way of a Brazilian businessman accused of using violence and fraud to displace small farmers. These pension funds are also using complex company structures that have the effect of evading Brazilian laws restricting foreign investments in farmland.

The pension funds have been investing in Brazil through a global farmland fund called TIAA-CREF Global Agriculture LLC (TCGA). The fund is managed by the US-based Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association - College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF). Those investing in the fund include TIAA-CREF, the Second Swedish National Pension Fund (AP2) and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDP) and the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC) of Canada."

Music on this edition by @sessagrandeza

Free City Radio is hosted and produced by Stefan @spirodon Christoff

Thank you to Devlin Kuyek for helping to facilitate this interview and to Alternatives for support for this interview series looking at the ways that people globally involved in ecological and social justice movements are responding to the pandemic crisis and the ways that governments + corporations are using the crisis to push forward neo-colonial violent economic and social policies.

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