Rural poverty and land ownership are strongly linked. Today there are multiple pressures on land. Farmers are losing out on their lands. Farming is being seen more of a commercial pursuit with many private and corporate players calling the shots. Farm livelihoods and food security is at stake. Farming communities are openly demonstrating their dissent in the form of campaigns and foot marches. It’s time for the policy makers to wake up, listen and act suitably! In this issue, we have presented some of the people’s initiatives which are helping the poor communities gain access to land.
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A little land can make a big difference
T Haque and Gregory Rake
Towards food security and urban environmental
Robert J Holmer and Axel W Drescher
Tricked, trapped and grabbed
Farmers experience with eucalyptus plantations
Debjeet Sarangi, Bichitra Biswal and Vlady Rivera
Fighting for land rights
A case of Juang and Bhuyan adivasis in Orissa
Communities are smart enough to make the right choices
Interview by Laura Eggens
Our 2P approach
Jagat Deuja and Bed Prasad Khatiwada
Development versus Livelihoods
B Suresh Reddy and T Praveena
Land is just not than an asset
The Narayana Reddy Column
Land and Power
The people’s movement
P V Rajagopal