Backgrounders & Issue Briefs

Land Grabs Versus Land Sovereignty

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Eric Holt-Giménez | Dec 1, 2012

Researchers are uncovering patterns of land grabbing that are even deeper, wider and potentially more devastating for rural local communities than is generally acknowledged.

The Struggle for Food Justice in Fair Trade

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Christopher Bacon, Eric George and Kaelin Holland | Dec 1, 2011

For decades small farmers and activists have used fair trade to build collective power. But changes in certification have allowed large corporations to enter this market.

Agroecology: A Path to Realizing the Right to Food

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Olivier De Schutter | Jul 1, 2011

Agroecology can significantly improve agricultural productivity in poor, food-deficit countries, while preserving ecosystems and improving the livelihoods.

Grabbing the Food Deserts

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Annie Shattuck, Eric Holt-Giménez and Yi Wang | Apr 1, 2011

Land grabs—large-scale acquisitions of agricultural, range and forest lands by outside interests—are happening around the world. They are also taking place in US cities.

Food Security, Food Justice, or Food Sovereignty?

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Eric Holt-Giménez | Dec 1, 2010

How do we know the food movement is a force for transformative change, rather than a passing fad, a collection of weak reforms, or isolated local efforts?