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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.

Model TTIP motion for local authorities

July 2015

TTIP, the EU-US trade deal, could be the biggest threat to democracy of our generation. This is true both at national level, where government policy like increasing the minimum wage or freezing energy prices could be challenged in secret corporate tribunals, and at local level, where councils could be forced to favour big American corporations over local, sustainable businesses in their procurement. Councils could also be challenged for doing things like denying planning permission for fracking in their local area.

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.

If you want to download the film (252Mb mp4) you can use this link - you may have to right-click and choose "Save link as"

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Why we are taking action for Greece, and other questions

June 2015

The bailouts which Greece was given have not benefited the people of Greece one bit. They have flowed into the European banks that recklessly lent the country money. Meanwhile, the financial speculators who created Greece’s woes are actually making large profits by gambling on this ongoing crisis.

We have joined a coalition of organisations in taking action against Greek debt and an end to the enforcing of austerity policies that are causing injustice and poverty in Europe and across the world.

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TTIP update for Scottish activists - June 2015

June 2015

Welcome to the third TTIP update for Scottish activists.

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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TTIP update for Scottish activists - May 2015

May 2015

Welcome to the second TTIP update for Scottish activists.

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MSP briefing - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

April 2015

This briefing is for the European and External Relations Committee debate.

The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) is currently being negotiated between the US and EU. We believe that the risks from TTIP far outweigh the benefits. TTIP is not about reducing conventional barriers to trade, such as tariffs (which are already extremely low between the US and the EU) it is designed to take away barriers which are behind the customs border – such as differences in regulations, standards and certifications.

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The EU-US trade deal: How TTIP could cripple local government

April 2015

Behind closed doors, EU and US negotiators are busy hammering out a new trade and investment deal called TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) that could be disastrous for local and regional government. This deal could threaten public services, set up shady arbitration panels capable of overruling the UK court system and undermine regulations such as health and safety standards. All of this means that TTIP is a threat to local democracy, affecting the freedom local authorities have in decision making when these affect the interests of large US corporations.

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TTIP update for Scottish activists - April 2015

April 2015

Welcome to the first monthly TTIP update for campaigners across Scotland, rounding up some of the latest news and information on the toxic trade deal. We hope to produce this roughly once a month.

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General election 2015

March 2015

Key issues to raise with your local candidates

Election time is upon us. Traditionally, this is a time where policies get reduced to soundbites and the debate is limited to a narrow political choice between several rather similar visions of the world. This state of affairs is not inevitable. We can influence the debate by pushing forward issues that we’ve campaigned on and asking candidates to address them. This briefing is to help you get some real answers out of politicians on the issues relevant to Global Justice Now when they knock on your door this election.

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The new EU-US trade deal that puts Scottish democracy in danger

March 2015

The transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP), is an EU-US mega trade deal which, if passed will be the biggest trade deal in history.

But TTIP is more than just a trade deal.  It is an unprecedented transfer of power from democratically elected governments to trans-national corporations. TTIP is a threat to Scotland’s public services, progressive legislation and democracy itself.

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Privatising power: UK aid funds energy privatisation in Nigeria

March 2015

Despite its vast oil wealth, over half of Nigerians lack access to electricity, and the country’s grid power usage per person is among the lowest in the world, meaning that many people rely on candles and kerosene, or expensive diesel generators. Lack of electricity hampers the provision of public services like healthcare and education, and makes it difficult or impossible for businesses to operate efficiently. As a result, Nigeria relies on imports for most of its manufactured goods. So it is clear that change is urgently needed to Nigeria’s energy system.

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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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10 reasons why energy privatisation fails

January 2015

One in five people globally live without electricity because they are unable to access it and millions more go without because they cannot afford to pay for it. Even in the UK, people are forced to choose between feeding their families and paying their energy bills.

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Six issues to raise in the backbench TTIP debate on 15 January 2015

January 2015

The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) is being negotiated between the US and EU. These negotiations are not open to public scrutiny, but through statements and leaks we have some idea of what is on the table.

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Seven issues to raise in the backbench TTIP debate on 15 January 2015

January 2015

The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) is being negotiated between the US and EU. These negotiations are not open to public scrutiny, but through statements and leaks we have some idea of what is on the table.

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Rays of hope

December 2014

Around the world, communities are fighting fossil fuel corporations, taking control of energy and finding new and more democratic ways of meeting their needs while respecting the limits of the environment. While none of these are perfect and there are still challenges to overcome, they demonstrate that there are real alternatives to corporate control of our energy systems.

'Rays of Hope - Clean and democratically controlled energy for everyone' is part of the Exploring Alternatives pamphlet series.

Think Global January 2015

December 2014

Welcome to the January issue of Think Global, WDM's monthly update for groups and activists. Read about the latest developments in the climate, trade and food sovereignty campaigns and find out how you can take action during the months ahead. This is the last issue of Think Global as the World Development Movement; in the new year, as Global Justice Now, we may make some changes. Attached below are some of the inserts that went out with the physical mailing, including a template press release and letter to your MP, which can be used to explain the name change.

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