Backgrounders & Issue Briefs

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.

New Era for Agriculture?

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Marcia Ishii-Eiteman | Jul 1, 2008

What must we do differently to overcome poverty and hunger and achieve equitable and sustainable development in the face of environmental crises?

Biofuels: Myths of the Agro-fuels Transition

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Eric Holt-Giménez | Jul 1, 2007

The question is not whether biofuels have a place in our future, but whether or not we allow a handful of global corporations to impoverish the planet.

Organic Coffee Crisis?

Backgrounders & Issue Brief | Devon Sampson, Eric Holt-Giménez and Ian Bailey | Apr 1, 2007

Worldwide, 25 million people earn their livelihoods from coffee, supplying an estimated 500 billion cups of coffee to consumers each year.