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Women in Agriculture

For over a century, the world has celebrated International Women’s Day. From its roots in socialist activism, the day has been transformed into a national holiday in countries throughout the world. During this period, progress has been made:  in many countries, women are now political leaders and business leaders (though still …

Who is a Farmer? {Guest Post by Braam Hanekom}

How important is terminology? When we choose to call some people who work the land “farmers,” while labeling others as “farmworkers,” what power are we according them?  In Ripe with Abuse, I carefully distinguished between “farmers” and “farmworkers,” using the former to refer to someone who owned the land, and …

What is Tyson Foods Doing in Rwanda?

At a restaurant in Kigali the other night, the long table next to mine was filled with 14 loud Americans. I heard snippets of their conversation:  an anecdote about slaughtering animals, some business talk, stories from back home. I finally realized that they were there with Tyson Foods Inc., one …

Striking Farmworkers in South Africa

I’m not a member of a union. If you speak about union, you will lose [your] job or [be] treated bad. – Human Rights Watch interview with “Kiersten H.,” Grabouw, South Africa, 2010, from “Ripe with Abuse.“ One of the ironies that struck me while working with farmworkers in South …

What to Do When the World Bank (And Other Institutions) Finance Land Grabs: An Interview with Accountability Counsel, Part II

Last week, I posted the first part of an interview with Natalie Bridgeman Fields, the Executive Director of Accountability Counsel, regarding what people can do when the World Bank or other large institutions have supported land grabs. She described two important avenues for recourse within the World Bank Group system:  the World …