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Agricultural production is at the root of human society. As our global population increases, so too do investments in agricultural projects. But growing and sourcing responsibly means respecting workers’ and local communities’ rights, as well as mitigating environmental impacts and ecosystem disruptions. In recent years, we have seen a dramatic spike in allegations of “land grabs” and displacement of local communities by agricultural firms and the food & beverage companies that source from them. Shedding light on these global food supply chains and the human rights abuses linked to them is the first step to building responsible business practices in the agricultural sector.  

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2 February 2020

Thailand: Puttanee Kangkun becomes the latest human rights defender to face criminal defamation complaint from poultry firm Thammakaset

Author: Fortify Rights

"Thailand: Drop Criminal Complaint Against Fortify Rights Senior Human Rights Specialist Puttanee Kangkun", 29 January 2020...

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12 December 2019

Ghana: Fishing observer goes missing on trawler owned by Dalian Meng Xin Ocean Fisheries

The Guardian reported that Emmanuel Essien went missing in July 2019 aboard the Meng Xin 15, a trawler owned by Dalian Meng Xin Ocean Fisheries. Emmanuel Essien worked as a fishing observer in Ghana. His work was part of a government effort to regulate...

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8 November 2019

So. Africa: Indigenous community to receive share of the sale of rooibos tea after multistakeholder agreement

Author: Brian Browdie, Quartz Africa

"South Africa's Khoisan to get a share of the commercialization of rooibos," 5 November 2019....

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8 November 2019

Tanzania: Activists applaud ILO decision to end funding from tobacco companies

Author: The Citizen

"ILO ends relationship with tobacco companies as Tanzanian activists applaud move", 7 November 2019...

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7 November 2019

Brazil: Report reveals that China and the EU import soybeans from unregistered farms, driving deforestation

Author: Mongabay

“China, EU are importing soybeans from unregistered Brazil farms: report”, 1st November 2019...

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5 November 2019

Australia: Coles & trade unions develop Accord to protect rights of workers within fresh produce supply chain

Author: Ruth Hogan, Inside FMCG

"Coles partners with workers’ unions to improve supply chain standards", 5 November 2019...

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4 November 2019

Malawi: Lawyers announce lawsuit demanding British American Tobacco compensate families working under poverty wages on tobacco fields; Company comments included

In October 2019, human rights lawyers from Leigh Day announced they were preparing a lawsuit against British American Tobacco (BAT), on behalf of children and families in Malawi, working on tobacco fields supplying the company....

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25 October 2019

EU issues call to action in cocoa supply chains, backing mandatory due diligence legislation

Author: Anthony Myers, Confectionery News

"European Union calls for level playing field in cocoa supply chains, backed by legislation", 24 October 2019...

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25 October 2019

Guadeloupe & Martinique: Historic use of chlordecone pesticide in banana farming poisoned food chain, causing health crisis & chronic pollution

Author: BBC

“Pesticide poisoned French paradise islands in Caribbean”, 25th October 2019...

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8 October 2019

Philippines: Alarming number of fatal attacks against environmental defenders related to agribusiness, mining & logging

The new Global Witness report denounces that in 2018, 30 land and environmental defenders were killed in the Philippines, making it the country with the highest number of such killings in the world. Their new investigation shows that mining,...

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