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File annual report 2009 - executive summary
Download a summarized version of the 2009 annual report.
paraguay: challenging agribusiness, building people’s food sovereignty
The rapid spread of industrial agriculture across Latin America is devastating indigenous peoples, local communities and the environment, as people and forests are moved out of the way to grow vast tracts of soya and other monocultures. These crops are mainly exported, to feed people and fuel vehicles in wealthy industrialized countries. The Southern Cone of Latin America is also a key region for the biotech industry, since many countries either permit or are unable to restrict the cultivation of genetically modified crop varieties, which is prohibited in many other countries.
Opposing the certification of palm oil, jatropha and sugar cane monocultures
Our campaign to expose the role that agrofuels corporations have played in misleading the public was heard by the UK’s Advertising Standard Authority, who ruled that an advertisement placed by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and aired on the BBC was misleading because it said that Malaysian palm oil is sustainable.
halting destructive projects
In 2008, we continued to work on numerous national and international campaigns to halt projects financed and/or promoted by international financial institutions (IFIs) and multinational corporations, that threaten the livelihoods of vulnerable communities by damaging the environment and decreasing local control over resources.
disclosing the truth, building awareness and mobilizing against corporate abuses
In 2008, FoEI continued campaigning on specific corporations in sectors that harm the environment. This entailed research and monitoring of EU-based companies working in the oil and gas, agrofuels and forest extraction sectors, and their actions in the South.
Economic Justice - Resisting Neoliberalism (ejrn) program
The overall goal of the EJRN program for 2008 was to create sustainable societies by building people’s power and dismantling corporate power, stopping corporate-led neo-liberalism and globalization, and challenging the institutions and governments that promote unequal and unsustainable economic systems.
strengthening the fight for a GM-free world
The fight for a GM-free world is still a priority for the food sovereignty movement. In 2008, FoEI continued providing a comprehensive assessment of the impact of genetically modified (GM) crops in agriculture.
advancing foei’s food sovereignty agenda
The Nyeleni Forum, was crucial in helping FoEI to frame its Food Sovereignty Program, continue to build strategic alliances with La Via Campesina, increase the visibility of the food sovereignty movement, and act more effectively at both the grassroots and international levels.
Food Sovereignty Program highlights
The Food Sovereignty Program’s objective is to resist and expose industrial corporate-led agriculture and promote food sovereignty.
Food Sovereignty Program highlights in 2008
In 2008, FoEI’s Food Sovereignty Program contributed effectively to the implementation of the agenda agreed by the food sovereignty movement at the Nyeleni Forum, (the first International Forum for Food Sovereignty organized in Selingue, Mali, in February 2007).
south africa and mozambique: east and southern africa unite against oil
Along the quite shores of Lake Albert, which is the sacred source of the Nile, the Dublin-based Tullow Oil company is developing an oil refinery complex using the crude found in this pristine part of Africa. How much longer will Lake Albert keep its beauty, how much longer until the environmental injustice and ecological and human violence of the Niger Delta is brought to bear on this part of the world?
togo and mali: joining forces to resist mining
The Togolese Government has signed a contract with a Bahamian mining company, M M Mining Investment Holding Ltd, to extract bauxite and other minerals from Mont Agou in the south of Togo. Mont Agou, Togo’s highest mountain, is an important part of the country’s national heritage, and mining here would have catastrophic impacts on the environment and local communities.
africa: mapping the expansion of agrofuels
Switching to agrofuels has been portrayed as a golden opportunity, a ‘green’ solution that could tackle the world’s energy crisis and help to mitigate climate change. Industrialized countries, international financial institutions such as the World Bank, and multinational agribusiness, oil and transport companies are all promoting agrofuels as a panacea to the world’s problems.
uruguay: protecting biodiversity in agriculture
In recent decades Uruguay’s corporate-driven agricultural model has put exports before domestic needs. This has concentrated land in the hands of a few large enterprises and devastated family farms. The consequences: dramatic loss of rural employment, emigration from the countryside, loss of agro-biodiversity, and an unprecedented food crisis.
international campaign victories
Our international programs made some important advances in 2007, catalyzed and propelled by the local and national work of our groups and our allies around the world. A selection of these victories are described in this section of the annual report.
haiti: strengthening food sovereignty
The threats posed by genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not very well known in Haiti — or at least no one there speaks much about them. To raise awareness in all the relevant sectors, Friends of the Earth Haiti / Haiti Survie ran a project about GMOs and their impacts, and at the same time they began an action plan for food sovereignty.
international events in 2007
Friends of the Earth International had a strong presence at several international events in 2007. We supported the participation of community representatives and civil society organizations from the South in many other international events that provide a forum to publicize their experiences and struggles.
africa: monitoring the introduction of gmos
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) entering African countries pose a growing risk to human health, the environment and poor farmers’ food security. Their governments are under major pressure to introduce GMOs from multinational corporations, which argue (despite lacking evidence) this will improve food security. Africans are also vulnerable to introduction of GMOs through food aid, from donor agencies such as USAID.
foei works to keep africa gm free
In the African region, Friends of the Earth International’s campaign against genetically modified (GM) organisms has been built around biosafety policy issues. Here are some of the main campaign highlights in the region for 2007.
foei advances food sovereignty agenda with 2007 summit
Farmers, fisherfolk, women’s groups, rural and urban workers, indigenous peoples, migrants, pastoralists, environmental organizations and NGOs all joined hands for the World Forum for Food Sovereignty, held in the village of Nyéléni à Sélingué, Mali during February, 2007. Twenty members from the Friends of the Earth International network attended, and we also worked with an alliance of international social movements to help organise the forum.
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