Radical Ecological Democracy

Searching for alternatives to unsustainable and inequitable model of ‘development’

Agriculture

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Indian farmers prevail: A conversation with Kavitha Kuruganti, a farmers’ rights activist

No mass movement in India’s recent history has captured the imagination of the country the way the just concluded farmers’ movement did over the last one year period. After a protracted struggle the farmers were able to force the Indian government to withdraw three farm laws, which were aimed at corporatizing the country’s agriculture. In a wide ranging conversation with Kavitha Kuruganti, an Indian farmers’ rights activist, I discuss the implications of this victory for the Indian farmers, and how a sustainable and people-focused agricultural alternative could be constructed in the future.

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Looking beyond the pandemic: Agroecology, and the need to rethink our food system

The on-going pandemic has laid bare the inequalities inherent in the neoliberal economy. As jobs and livelihoods of the struggling majority get severely impacted all over the world, access to food has become a critical issue for people. In this in-depth analysis of the global food system, Helena Paul underlines the growing need for reshaping our food infrastructure around agroecology, a new paradigm where producers and consumers are connected with each other, and in harmony with land and nature.

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In Defence of Life: Cajamarca, Colombia

Deep in the embrace of the Colombian Andes Mountains, farmers, youth and other environmental defenders from Cajamarca have stopped a vast gold mine, re-valued the ‘true treasures’ in their territory and begun to develop regenerative alternatives to mining ‘development’. Mariana Gomez Soto and Benjamin Hitchcock Auciello explore this story of resistance and revival. This is the second case study in the on-going collaborative series between REDWeb and the global “Yes to Life, No to Mining” (YLNM) solidarity network.

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Looking Beyond Entrepreneurial Illusions to End Africa’s Food Crisis

The African rural hinterland is under the assault of a garbled idea of “development”. A market oriented entrepreneurial model of agriculture, however, has failed to tackle the deep roots of poverty in these areas. Terry Leahy, an Australian sociologist, has been studying the steady evolution of an alternative framework for rural agriculture in southern and eastern Africa, which focuses on increasing food security through subsistence production. His recent book, “Food Security for Rural Africa: Feeding the Farmers First” challenges the models promoted by academics in the field of development studies and argues against the strategies adopted by most donor organizations and government bodies. In this article Leahy introduces us to the simple but effective idea of ensuring household food security through household production.

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