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Francesco: la Madre Terra è oggi un’esclusa. La chiesa verso COP 21

“Rivolgo a tutti un pressante invito a compiere ogni sforzo perché ai tavoli in cui si cerca il modo per risolvere l’unica e complessa crisi socio-ambientale possano far udire la propria voce i più poveri, tra i Paesi e tra gli esseri umani: è anche questo un dovere di giustizia …

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Climate change and inequalities: How will this impact women?

Of all the impacts of climate change, from rising sea levels to landslides and flooding, one does not get the attention it deserves: exacerbation of inequalities, particularly for women. In poor countries, women’s lives are often directly dependent on the natural environment. Women bear the main responsibility for supplying water …

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The palm oil company at the centre of a bitter land rights struggle in Cameroon

Local residents complain expansion plans by Socapalm, Cameroon’s biggest palm oil company, will take over land that belongs to them […]We are not far from Mbonjo II, one of the villages inside the Dibombari region, in west Cameroon that is also a concession area of the private oil palm company …

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CLIMATE CHANGE: NEW STREAMLINED TEXT TO MOVE NEGOTIATIONS FORWARD

Today, the Co-Chairs of the ADP—the ad-hoc all-nation working group that is responsible for writing the Paris climate agreement—released their new draft of a potential streamlining approach for the standing legal text, agreed in Geneva, in February. The Co-Chairs note, in a preface, to this new draft, that “inclusion of …

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TTIP and UN Treaty: EU must stand up for human rights

Human rights violations by companies happen on a daily basis and all too often go unpunished. Last week, discussions took place at the UN in Geneva to introduce international regulation holding businesses accountable for the damage they cause, and provide affected communities with access to justice. While the EU chose …

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Via Campesina/Grain: “Fight climate change with food sovereignty”

Two documents on food and climate change released by La Via Campesina and GRAIN detail how a global programme to support food sovereignty can resolve the climate crisis and feed the world. The documents show how the dispossession of peasants and indigenous peoples of their lands has laid the basis …

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Spreading Alternative Food Systems: the ‘Hungry for Rights’ project

It has become evident that systems based on the globalized industrial agriculture have not been able to ensure food security worldwide. Suffice it to say that in Europe, where in supermarkets and along the distribution chain is thrown 50% of edible food, there are 16 millions citizens who depend on …

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“Towards sustainable food systems”: the first IPES-Food report

Who holds the power to shape food systems, and who sets the terms of debate when it comes to reforming them? These were the questions asked by the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems, IPES-Food, as it launched its first report. IPES-Food is a new independent panel for food …

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Land grabbing: the new Italian colonialism

Italy is land grabbing too The large-scale acquisition of farmlands in developing countries, carried out by multinational corporations and governments, is a practice that has become particularly significant from 2007-2008, as consequent to agricultural prices crisis. A new form of colonialism, which according to the World Bank involved in recent …

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