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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 …

Accounting for Agribusiness: The Litigation Option

Agribusinesses can directly and indirectly affect human rights. People concerned about agribusinesses’ negative behavior have a range of options for engagement. Some involve rather amiable collaborations, such as partnerships to improve corporate social responsibility. Other options are more combative, ranging from “naming and shaming” reports to litigation in the court …

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 …