Backgrounders & Issue Briefs

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?

Growing Climate Justice

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Annie Shattuck | Dec 1, 2009

Climate change compels us for our very survival to create a more just and equitable food system.

Democracy in Action: Food Policy Councils

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Food First | Oct 1, 2009

While food policy planning is still in its infancy, Food Policy Councils provide a hopeful model for creating a more sustainable, democratic food system.

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The Limits of Microcredit: A Bangladesh Case

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Jason Cons and Kasia Paprocki | Dec 1, 2008

In rural Bangladesh, microcredit is not achieving its core goals of poverty alleviation, financial independence, and gender equality.