“It is paradoxical but hardly surprising that the right to food has been endorsed more often and with greater unanimity and urgency than most other human rights, while at the same time being violated more comprehensively and systematically than probably any other.”
Richard Cohen, in Causes of Hunger, 1994
By: Mike Verdin
Date: September 23rd 2016
Expansion of palm oil producers into Latin America, the "new frontier for global expansion" is snagging on confusion over land rights – which is encouraging some groups to expand into rainforest.
By: Beh Lih Yi
Date: September 6th 2016
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation
"This research suggests that banks continue to turn a blind eye to the devastating impacts of their financial services"
JAKARTA, Sept 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Banks have financed companies responsible for rainforest destruction in Southeast Asia to the tune of billions of dollars, a study showed Tuesday, and called on lenders to stop "fuelling forest crime".
The Asia and Pacific region has witnessed a remarkable transition in the past 2 decades. From 1990 to 2012, more than 1 billion people in Asia and the Pacific were lifted out of extreme poverty. The region also witnessed rapid economic growth, which is expected to remain stable at a growth rate of about 5.7% for the next 2 years.
The DFID-funded LEGEND (Land: Enhancing Governance for Economic Development) programme is commissioning an analytical paper on "Addressing land disputes in private sector or development interventions". The LEGEND Core Land Support Team (CLST) is looking to contract one or more experts to prepare this paper. Please find attached the TORs for this paper.