LAND & FOOD RIGHTS PROGRAM

The Small Planet Institute’s Land and Food Rights Program provides research and analysis on global, national, and local efforts to promote climate-resilient sustainable agricultural development in some of the world’s poorest countries. Building on the institute’s path-breaking work, Senior Researcher Timothy A. Wise brings a rights-based approach to understanding persistent hunger and poverty in a world of plenty. 

 

The Land and Food Rights Program deepens and extends Wise’s research and writing on the elusive promises to help small-scale farmers feed their families and communities. Wise’s book, Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food (New Press, Feb. 2019), illustrates the many ways in which agricultural and food policies promote global agribusiness instead of family farmers who grow most of the world’s food but who suffer the highest rates of food insecurity. With chapters on Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, India, Mexico, and the United States, Eating Tomorrow offers a global tour of what is and is not working in a world dealing with persistent hunger, malnutrition, and climate change.

 

Building on Wise’s book research, the Land and Food Rights Program examines key global policy issues—land-grabbing, genetically modified food, biofuels, trade, climate change—with a particular effort to contribute to ongoing debates on agricultural development in Africa and other developing countries.

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Certain policies, strongly promoted by the Gates Foundation, open Africa to the multinational seed companies in the name of modernization, but they undermine climate resilience and food security for Africa’s small-scale farmers.

Originally Published on Common Dreams, No...

October 25, 2019

Thanks to a union of land cooperatives, people in Puebla have food sovereignty and education in Nahuatl instead of mega-projects and a Walmart.

Originally Published on Yes! Magazine, October 24, 2019

In Cuetzalán, a collection of remote villages in the northeastern...

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ABOUT TIMOTHY A. WISE

Timothy A. Wise, Senior Researcher, leads the Land and Food Rights Program. With a diverse background in international development, academic research, and economic journalism, Wise has published articles, reports, and books on key issues in globalization and agricultural development. His latest book is, Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food.

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