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Get the latest news and analysis on global justice issues and join in the debate. Our bloggers include Global Justice Now staff as well as activists from around the world who work on a broad range of subjects. Views expressed by guest bloggers do not necessarily represent the views of Global Justice Now. 

Our blog links experiences in the UK to issues affecting people globally, and covers everything from energy justice, climate change and the WTO, to TTIP, food sovereignty and aid.

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R is for resilience


06 October 2014

Resilience is the capacity for people, their communities and the environment to face sudden changes or disasters and to recover from these shocks. Although it is an important and useful concept, it has become a buzz word in international development.

Q is for quotes


05 October 2014

The latest in our A to Z of food sovereignty in Africa is: Quotes.

“It is not about bread. It is about making money."
Nigerian agriculture minister Akinwumi Adesina, telling government and business leaders that the best way to spark an agriculture boom is to focus on profit. March 2014.

P is for Participatory Plant Breeding


04 October 2014

Participatory Plant Breeding (PPB) is a decentralised and participatory approach to breeding and creating different types of plants. Researchers and farmers work together to create varieties of plants that are better adapted to local soils and weather patterns.

O is for Organic


03 October 2014

Organic farming uses crop rotations, manure and compost to improve soil fertility and avoids using pesticides and chemical fertilisers to improve crop yields. Organic farming is a way of farming which includes many agroecological techniques such as water-harvesting, agroforestry, green manures, etc. It is also a term used to denote organic certification.

Struggles for economic justice: making the links


03 October 2014

At WDM we’re more and more thinking about how we can make links with other groups and play our role in building a strong movement for economic justice.

N is for ngitili


02 October 2014

Ngitili is a word for ‘enclosed fodder reserve’ in Sukuma, a regional language of Tanzania. It refers to an enclosed area, closed to livestock during the wet season to allow the vegetation to regenerate, then opened again during the peak of the dry season. It provides fodder, firewood, timber and medicinal plants throughout the year. The ngitili system has had an impact on multiple fronts.

M is for Mulching


01 October 2014

Mulching involves covering the soil with a layer of plant material such as leaves, grass clippings, wood chips and even cardboard. It has a number of benefits including:

L is for likoti


30 September 2014

Likoti means ‘holes’ in Sesotho (one of 11 official Lesotho languages). It is used to describe a method of Conservation Agriculture where pits of about 30cm in diameter by 20cm in depth are dug and filled with organic fertiliser and seeds.

K is for Kenya


29 September 2014

Agriculture is a hugely important part of Kenya’s economy. Over 87% of the population works on the land, and farming accounts for around 30% of the country’s GDP. The main crops it produces are maize, tea, sugar cane, coffee and wheat, and its most important export crops are tea, cut flowers, tobacco and coffee.

J is for jobs


28 September 2014

Agriculture currently employs about 65% of Africa’s population, but the figure is likely to continue to fall given current speeds of rural to urban migration (40% of African people live in urban areas at the moment but the figure will be more than 50% by 2030).

I is for innovation


27 September 2014

Innovation is one of the keys to increasing food yields and improving the long term sustainability of our food system. Top-down, technology-driven innovation has contributed to large increases in crop yields in the past, but these increases  have slowed, and often only serve the interests of corporate profit-making rather than small-scale farmers.

H is for homegardens


26 September 2014

Homegardens are a form of mixed farming practiced on small plots of land usually surrounding or close to the home, and typically focused on subsistence food production. They are a popular and common form of urban agriculture and produce more than half of the fruit and vegetables consumed in a number of African cities in Burundi, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique and Zambia.

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