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19 February 2014

G8 New Alliance condemned as new wave of colonialism in Africa

Author: Claire Provost, Liz Ford & Mark Tran, Guardian (UK)

A landmark G8 initiative to boost agriculture and relieve poverty has been damned as a new form of colonialism after African governments agreed to change seed, land and tax laws to favour private investors over small farmers...Olivier de Schutter, the...

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18 February 2014

Tanzania: 'large-scale farming turns small farmers into mere labourers'

Author: Claire Provost & Eric Kabendera, in the Guardian [UK]

As part of the [New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition], Tanzania committed to...make it easier for investors to gain access to land...[Such] commitments are deemed necessary to spur growth in agriculture and lift millions of poor farmers out of...

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5 February 2014

Why agricultural investment ‘principles’ must be buried

Author: Rahul Goswami, in Pambazuka

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations will in 2014...advocate principles concerning what are called ‘responsible agricultural investments’. The...principles...are expected to promote investments in agriculture that...

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16 January 2014

Canada: Mining industry groups & NGOs publish recommendations on mandatory disclosures of payments to host govts.

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16 January 2014

Company-by-company, project-by-project, no exemptions. Your move, SEC. [Canada]

Author: Isabel Munilla, Oxfam America (USA)

The Resource Revenue Transparency Working Group [composed of Mining Association of Canada, Producers and Developers Association of Canada...Publish What You Pay Canada and...Revenue Watch Institute, published its recommendations] on mandatory payment...

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16 January 2014

[PDF] New framework clears path for transparency in Canada's mining sector

Author: Publish What You Pay Canada

Canadian exploration and mining associations, in collaboration with civil society organizations, have released recommendations for the development of a payment transparency standard for all publicly-traded mining companies in Canada. Today’s launch by...

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1 January 2014
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1 January 2014

[PDF] Lots of Words, Little Action - Will the private sector tip the scales for community land rights?

Author: Rights and Resources Initiative

[N]ew research reveals a slowdown in the recognition of community forest land rights in developing countries over the last six years. Despite some high-profile wins, less new legislation has been passed since 2008 than in the preceding six years.....

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23 December 2013

The challenges of boosting Tanzania's rice production

Author: Marie Keyworth, BBC

By the end of this century...farmers will need to increase their food production...The G8's answer to this challenge has been to call in private sector agriculture firms, asking them to invest billions in Africa and kick-start an agricultural...

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31 October 2013

UK to make public true owners of companies in drive against tax evasion, crime

Author: Luke Balleny, Thomson Reuters Foundation (UK)

The United Kingdom has decided to lift the veil of secrecy over who owns private companies by opening a corporate registry to the public, a move that will make it harder to evade taxes and hide the proceeds of corruption…The United Kingdom would...

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