Peasant farmers in Mozambique facing colonial-style scramble for land

Courtesy of GRAIN.orgA study published by details the struggles faced by peasants in northern Mozambique as governments and foreign companies dash to accumulate land for large scale agribusiness projects.


“The result is that small farmers and pastoralists from across Africa are under increasing pressure from governments and companies to give up their lands and water resources. According to a 2010 World Bank report, more than 70% of the large scale agricultural land acquisitions that have occurred in the world over the past decade have been in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in Ethiopia, Sudan and Mozambique.”


Despite promises to the contrary, a number of foreign companies, some in tandem with local businesses linked to Mozambique’s ruling FRELIMO party, have already amassed large regions of farmland while pushing out thousands of peasant families.


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Decolonizing Bolivia’s History of Indigenous Resistance

bolivia.png_1718483346In the article “Decolonizing Bolivia’s History of Indigenous Resistance,” GJEP friend and ally Ben Dangl interviews Elisa Vega Sillo, Director of the Depatriarchalization Unit in the Vice Ministry of Decolonization in Bolivia about the importance of decolonizing Bolivia’s history of indigenous resistance.

Sillo was a former leader in the Bartolina Sisa indigenous campesina women’s movement, and a member of the Kallawaya indigenous nation. In the interview, Elisa spoke about the unique work of the Vice Ministry of Decolonization, and the role of historical memory in the country’s radical politics.

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Legacy of violence over land continues in Brazil 10 years after killing of Dorothy Stang

From our friends at PLANT

12 Feb 2015 – 10th Anniversary of Assassination of  Sr. Dorothy Stang

February 12, 2015, marked 10 years since the assassination of Sister Dorothy Stang, one of the hundreds of victims of land conflict in Amazonia in recent years. For all the national and international pressure for justice, her case like many others, illustrates the reign of impunity across the Brazilian Amazonian region.  Check the report from the Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops at:​era-assassinade-​irma-dorothy-stan​g

Also, the summary article in the Manaus newspaper, A Crítica, at:

Reported conflicts and death threats continue to increase across the region – in tandem with deforestation.

See also the most update from INPE (Brazilian National Institute of Space Research), which provides the data documenting the largest increase in forest fires for the month of January in Amazonia since January 1999, at:

INPE and CPT provide their reports as wake-up calls to society, and to all who want to undo the driving forces of the socio-environmental degradation of the Amazonian eco-system.

Photo Essay: The Pillaging of Paraguay

Woman holds photo of baby whose condition is blamed on agrotoxins, during rally in Asunción, Paraguay, 3 Dec 2014.

Woman holds photo of baby whose condition is blamed on agrotoxins, during rally in Asunción, Paraguay, 3 Dec 2014.

“All signs show that Paraguay, both its territory and its population, are under attack by conquerors, but conquerors of a new sort. These new ‘conquistadors’ are racing to seize all available arable land and, in the process, are destroying peoples’ cultures and the country’s biodiversity — just as they are in many other parts of the planet, even in those areas that fall within the jurisdiction of ‘democratic’ and ‘developed’ countries. Every single foot of land is in their crosshairs. Powerful elites do not recognize rural populations as having any right to land at all.” – Dr. Miguel Lovera

Photographs by Orin Langelle. Analysis at the end of the essay by Dr. Miguel Lovera from the case study: The Environmental and Social Impacts of Unsustainable Livestock Farming and Soybean Production in Paraguay. Dr. Lovera was the President of SENAVE, the National Plant Protection Agency, during the government of Fernando Lugo.

To view the entire photo essay click here.

GJEP-GFC REDD video chosen for International Indigenous Film Showcase of Venezuela

Buffalo, New York (US) – The film A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the FuturFestivale of Forestsproduced by Global Justice Ecology Project and Global Forest Coalition, has been chosen to take part of the official selection of the 2nd International Indigenous Film Showcase of Venezuela (MICIV) 15 – 19 June 2014.

“We are honored to have the film chosen for the International Indigenous Film Showcase where it will highlight Indigenous Peoples’ concerns about REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) at a time when hearing these voices is crucial as business as usual continues,” stated Anne Petermann, Executive Director of Global Justice Ecology Project.

As the UN, World Bank, and corporate elites push their new “Green Economy,” A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the Future of Forests exposes a scheme that could be the largest land grab of all time.

redd-dvd-new-copy-copyA Darker Shade of Green provides a powerful account of how the commodification of forests through carbon offset markets and REDD policies is triggering land grabbing and other injustices amongst Indigenous Peoples and local communities,” states Simone Lovera, director of the Global Forest Coalition.

The film also describes the current climate crisis as, “The new normal.”

The 2nd International Indigenous Film Showcase of Venezuela is organized by the Wayaakua Foundation, and is made possible thanks to the efforts of various communication collectives, the support of the National Autonomous Cinematography Center (CNAC), and the National Cinematheque Foundation (FCN).

All subjects related to indigenous peoples were welcomed by the 2nd International Indigenous Film Showcase of Venezuelafor submission including: territory, spirituality, traditional medicine, historical memory, art, human rights, displacement, war, self-determination, impacts of mining and mega-projects.

A Darker Shade of Green includes interviews and testimonies from Chiapas (Mexico), Acre (Brazil), and California (US), as well as India, Indonesia, Nepal, Panama, the Philippines and Uganda. These statements highlight Indigenous resistance to REDD and reveal threats to the future of forests globally.

Films will be screened in alternative venues, indigenous communities, universities, and non-profit outreach events organized by the Showcase.

A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the Future of Forests was made possible with support from Artists Project Earth UK, Carbon Trade Watch, Green Valley Media, Hiroshi Kanno, Isvara Foundation, Lawson Valentine Foundation, Lush Cosmetics Company, and New Visions Foundation.

Editor: Maria José Calderón   Script: Jeff Conant   Narration: Dania Cabello
Project Conception and Coordination: Jeff Conant, Orin Langelle, Anne Petermann, Simone Lovera

Global Justice Ecology Project and Global Forest Coalition released this video in 2012.


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A Darker Shade of Green: REDD Alert and the Future of Forests