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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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V is for Varieties


10 October 2014

“Since the 1900s, some 75 percent of plant genetic diversity has been lost as farmers worldwide have left their multiple local varieties and landraces for genetically uniform, high-yielding varieties.” FAO agrobiodiversity document

U is for Uganda


09 October 2014

Uganda has over 180,000 organic farmers, the second highest number of producers in the world after India (340,000). In Africa, where over 900,000 hectares of agricultural land are certified organic, Uganda has the most organic land of all countries with over 212,000 hectares, followed by Tunisia (174,725 hectares) and Ethiopia (99,944 hectares).

T is for Tigray


08 October 2014

The Tigray project is a sustainable development project that started in Tigray, northern Ethiopia in 1996. The focus of the project is community-based land management and rehabilitation to improve crop production and the livelihoods of local farmers.

Towards a just energy system

This autumn will see the launch of a new phase of WDM’s energy and climate change campaign, which will be a campaign for energy justice.

S is for seed banks


07 October 2014

Community Seeds Banks emerged about 30 years ago as a response to biological diversity loss,  increasing corporate control over  seeds and the impact of natural disasters and climate change on crop production.

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:

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