Dust from the hot Saharan Desert of northern Africa has a connection to a much different climate in South America, according to a study by NASA scientists. Using satellite data, the study has found that the dust is acting as fertilizer for South America’s Amazon rainforest about 1,600 miles away to the west over the Atlantic Ocean. Read more and watch short video.
Seeds of Sovereignty was released just over a year ago by The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network in collaboration with GRAIN and MELCA Ethiopia. Set predominantly in Ethiopia, the 30 minute film shares the stories of African communities on a journey to revive their traditional seed diversity and take back control over their food systems, challenging the corporate, profit driven model of agriculture. View Amharic and French versions.
Concerned by threats to burial grounds, the Declaration calls on the State to recognise and safeguard these places as cultural heritage and prevent their damage and destruction by others, and to recognise and support the role of indigenous peoples in protecting their burial grounds. While set in the Canadian context, some of these principles could be asserted in other countries. Click here to read the declaration.
A battle is raging for control of resources in Africa – land, water, seeds, minerals, ores, forests, oil, renewable energy sources. Agriculture is one of the most important theatres of this battle. Governments, corporations, foundations and development agencies are pushing hard to commercialise and industrialise African farming. Read the new AFSA/GRAIN report.
“There is no doubt that human rights must be at the top of the current environmental protection efforts of our times, there is no way to dissociate one from the other, not in places of the global South that hold so much of the natural resources left on this planet.” Read blog post by Maria Amalia Souza, the Founding Executive Director of the Socio-Environmental Fund CASA.
The front lines of the food sovereignty war in Ghana are swelling as the national parliament gives support to the Plant Breeders Bill. This proposed legislation contains rules that would restrict farmers from ancient practices: freely saving, swapping, and breeding seeds. Read press release from Organic Consumers Association.
We are using the world’s soils as if they were inexhaustible, continually withdrawing from an account, but never paying in. For it takes several thousand years to build a thin layer of fertile topsoil, but only an hour of heavy rain to lose it. Click here to download free report.
Dedicated Zimbabwean farmers are making quiet breakthroughs that advance food sovereignty in their communities. Just as Mr. Phiri shared his innovations with thousands of visitors from across the country, Africa and the world, so too can other local innovators be recognized and assisted to disseminate their vision. Read more about the award, the ceremony and the award winners.
Swift grantee, Land is Life, has published two books. Both the Education Module on Indigenous Peoples: A Facilitator’s Guidebook and the Workshop Facilitator Guidebook: Advocacy for Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Climate Change are the result of a multi-year collaboration between Land is Life, the Cordillera Peoples Alliance (CPA), and Asia Pacific Indigenous Youth Network (APIYN) and also informed by the experiences of Land is Life’s inaugural cohort of Climate Change Fellows (2014). Click here to download these publications.