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23 September 2014

Today, governments and businesses will gather in New York to launch a new climate initiative; The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA). But look a little deeper into GACSA’s strategy and who’s signed up to it, and things look a little less smart.

23 September 2014

The latest in our A to Z of food sovereignty. Erosion: an estimated 24 billion tonnes of soil is lost from farm land every year.

21 September 2014

The latest in our A to Z of food sovereignty. Conservation Agriculture (CA) is a farming technique that requires very little digging of the soil, the use of cover crops to increase soil fertility, and reducing chemical inputs.

20 September 2014

The latest in our A to Z of food sovereignty. The United Nations estimates that up to 75% of plant varieties were lost in the last century. Biodiversity matters because lesser known plants can hold the key to future food production.

19 September 2014

The exceptional level of grassroots engagement and energy, and the huge turnout at the polls yesterday, is an all-too-rare example of people realising their power.  This is something to be celebrated and held on to.

18 September 2014

The latest in our A to Z of food sovereignty. Agroforestry is a farming system where woody perennials (trees, shrubs, bamboos) are grown together with agricultural crops and/or animals.

18 September 2014

On September 21st, the eve of an historic summit on climate change in New York, hundreds of thousands of people across the world will take to the streets to demand #ActionNotWords from global leaders.

16 September 2014

The latest in our A to Z of food sovereignty. Small-scale farmers often live on some of the most marginal and vulnerable land in the world.

16 September 2014

As the big decision on Scottish independence draws close, thoughts are turning to what comes next - whatever the outcome. 

15 September 2014

It is with great sadness that we have today learned of the death of our good friend and benefactor Jim Dobbin MP.
On behalf of the Rochdale World Development Movement I would like to record an appreciation of the life of Jim Dobbin, and to extend our sympathy and prayers to his wife Pat and their 4 children.

Jim was a founding member of our Rochdale Group, and his support, since then, discreet but none-the-less effective, locally, nationally and internationally, has never waned.  Indeed, his encouragement and guidance have sustained our group through some difficult times.

9 September 2014

The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade


9 September 2014

Dear Secretary of State,
Re: The inclusion of ISDS in Canada trade agreement

On 25 September the European Commission and the Canadian government are planning to initial the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) at an event in Ottawa, Canada. The text for this trade deal includes a proposal for an Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) clause.

9 September 2014

African farmers' ability to freely save and trade their seeds is under increasing threat from powerful seeds companies and a variety of complex new laws.


3 September 2014

WDM activists who took part in the successful campaign to tackle food speculation may well remember the name of Sharon Bowles MEP, a Liberal Democrat who chaired the European Parliament's economic affairs committee. In a shocking revolving doors case, she has now joined the financial sector.

28 August 2014

Whatever the outcome of the independence referendum on 18 September, surely everyone in Scotland would like to see a Scotland able to exert control over its own policies through democratic processes. TTIP threatens this.

26 August 2014

Today is Phulbari Day.  It marks the day when, eight years ago, a protest by local people against an open pit mine in Phulbari, Bangladesh resulted in  three people being killed and many more injured as the crowd was fired upon by paramilitary officers.

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