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Farmers under fire

February 2017

Small farmers feed the majority of the world’s population, yet they are experiencing escalating levels of violence and oppression. Their existence, livelihoods, and communities are threatened by the expansion of global agribusiness, which is grabbing their lands and destroying the environment they rely on for food production.

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From handouts to the super-rich to a hand-up for small-scale farmers

January 2017

In the wake of Brexit our agricultural policy is suddenly up for grabs. Since 1973, the UK farming sector has been shaped by the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and its subsidies. 

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Food fight - the story of rich country hypocrisy at the WTO

December 2015

Nairobi will be the scene of an important battle between richer and poorer countries in December when the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meets for its ministerial. On one side, countries like the US and UK subsidise their agricultural sector to the tune of billions of pounds but don't want to allow other countries to do so. On the other side countries like India are demanding equal treatment and the freedom to buy farmers' crops in order to distribute them to those too poor to buy them at market prices.

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Growing evidence against the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition

July 2015

Through the G7’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, known as the New Alliance, the Department for International Development (DfID) is using £600 million of aid to facilitate corporate investment in Africa’s food systems. In return for this aid, African countries have had to make changes in their land, seed and trade rules, handing control over to big business at the expense of small-scale farmers.

Film: whoever controls seeds, controls the food system

June 2015

The small-scale farmers' right to store and share seeds, in countries like Ghana, is under threat by the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition - an aid programme supported by the UK.

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Statement warning the G7 of the threat that the New Alliance holds to small-scale farmers

June 2015

We, social movements, grassroots organizations and civil society organizations engaged in the defense of food sovereignty and the right to food in Africa, met at the World Social Forum in Tunis in March 2015 to unite those opposing the G8 “New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition”. Social movements and organizations from Africa shared their experiences and analysis about the impacts of the New Alliance in their countries and participants from all over the world agreed to support their struggles against this threat to food sovereignty and agro-ecology.

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Five reasons why seed diversity is good

February 2015

When farmers plant a variety of seeds in their field they are thought of as backward by agribusiness corporations which maintain that genetically modified (GM) and hybrid varieties are the future of farming. Yet through millennia of traditional seed breeding, humans have developed thousands of different varieties for food crops across the world. Seed diversity allows farmers control over their food system, protects biodiversity and builds resilience against climate change.

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The Dominion Farms’ land grab in Nigeria

January 2015

Farmers in Nigeria’s Taraba State are being forced off lands that they have farmed for generations to make way for US company Dominion Farms to establish a 30,000 ha rice plantation. The project is backed by the Nigerian government and the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa.

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Stop the corporate takeover of African food

October 2014

Leaflet: The UK government is helping corporations take over African agriculture in the name of tackling hunger. This will help big business make vast profits, while small scale
farmers risk losing control of their land, livelihoods and ability to feed themselves and their communities.

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Briefing: The Landless Workers Movement

May 2014

Radical and inspiring, Brazil’s Landless Workers Movement has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people since it was formed in the 1980s.
This year the movement marked its thirtieth anniversary with its sixth national congress in Brasília.

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Campaign overview: Stop the corporate takeover of Africa’s food

April 2014

The UK government is colluding with multinational companies like Monsanto and Unilever to enable them to take control of Africa’s food system.

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A new wave of colonialism

March 2014

How the UK government is helping corporations take control of African food

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Exposed: How the UK government has colluded with the UK finance sector against legislation to curb food speculation

December 2013

Excessive speculation in the commodity markets has increased volatility in global commodity prices, and has played a significant role in the sharp food price spikes of the last few years. Recognising this, European legislators have proposed legislation to curb speculation, as part of a major reform of European financial regulation called the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID).

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MEP briefing: Effective reforms for stable food prices

July 2013

Excessive financial speculation in commodity derivatives has significantly increased price volatility and inflation for staple foods and other commodities. This has had negative impacts for consumers and businesses in Europe and has contributed to significant increases in hunger and poverty globally.

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Campaign briefing: Collective solutions to changing food prices

June 2013

Access to adequate food is a basic human need and right. However, throughout most of the world, it is distributed mainly through markets, meaning that access is determined by consumers’ ability to pay, and returns for producers are dependent on the market price. Changes in these prices can have dramatic consequences for people’s quality of life – especially those living in poverty. But collective solutions do exist, and are being put into practice around the world.

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MP briefing: tackling hunger and protecting consumers

April 2013

In 2008, food prices reached record levels rising 80 per cent in 18 months then declining rapidly. Since 2009 prices have climbed again reaching a new record peak in early 2011 and have been at high levels since.

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Investment banks’ revenue from food speculation 2010-2012

March 2013

Based on the calculations below, we estimate that in the three years 2010 to 2012, the top five banks involved in food speculation – Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley – made around £2.2bn from trading food commodity contracts. This figure is an estimate based on a number of assumptions and using two different methodologies and the actual figure could be higher.

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Transforming our food system: the movement for food sovereignty

October 2012

WDM’s campaign to curb speculation on food tackles one aspect of a broken food system. We’re also helping to build a movement for a just global food system, inspired by activists in the global south.

The global food system is in crisis. Globally we are now producing more food than ever before. But while 1.5 billion people are overweight, 870 million people are affected by chronic hunger. Small-scale farmers are suffering from prices falling below their costs of production due to unfair trade regimes, corporate concentration and the dismantling of state support.

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